Captain: David Khazen ’19
My name is David Khazen and I’m a junior mechanical engineering major. I’ve been a member of Baja since the beginning of my freshman year. I’ve worked on numerous projects for the team including firewall, fuel, seat, paint, and frame design. When I joined Baja, we didn’t have a car to go to competition with and since then we’ve been to two competitions and did really well in the most recent. My goal for Baja this year is to not only get to competition, but to finish in the top 40. There are so many great things about Baja that it’s hard to pinpoint my favorite, but testing and competition are definitely up there. After all, driving the car is the most fun. I knew I wanted to join Baja before I even got to Union. I’ve always been interested in cars and the opportunity to build one was hard to pass on. I got into cars at an early age and got into F1 racing around freshman year of high school. I love cars that are made to be driven hard. My favorite car is definitely my car, a 2013 Scion FR-S. Besides cars, I also love motorcycles. Riding is such an amazing experience and it’s a great way to de-stress.
President: Mark Solomon ’20
Hi, I’m Mark Solomon and I am a Sophomore majoring in Mechanical Engineering. I first joined Baja SAE because I am a car nut. Once I met the people involved, I was hooked. It was a great way to get my hands dirty and really be able to apply my previous knowledge and things I learn in class to a real world problem. It is a great stress reliever being able to head down to the shop and just build things. Though Baja SAE is a lot of work, it is extremely rewarding being able to look at a final product and being able to say you helped build that. My freshman year, I took on the purchasing and tuning of our new Gaged Engineering CVT, along with smaller projects ranging from the CVT case to the gas system to troubleshooting our shifter problems. My goal for Dutchman Racing this year is to have a completed car early in the spring and to have a top 25 finish at competition. Last year we came close to both of those but I think with a stricter timeline we should be able to complete our build, and with our knowledge from last year’s competition we should be able to place very well. My favorite car, other than my 1991 junkyard Miata “Skip”, would have to be either a new Mustang GT350R or an R28 Skyline. Other activities I am involved in on campus is running on our Cross Country and Track teams, participating in Robotics Club, and I am in Colleges Against Cancer.
Vice President: Allison King ’19
Hi, I’m Allison King and I’m a junior mechanical engineering major at Union College. After Union, I plan on going to grad school to pursue either a master’s degree or a Ph.D. I first joined baja my sophomore year after transferring into Union College. I have always had an interest in cars. Ever since I was little, I would always point at cars on the highway and tell my parents all about their features and specs. Joining baja seemed like a great way to meet others with a similar interest. Last year, I helped out with more of the business side of the team. This included making a budget for competition and taking on our social media sites. I also have been a huge supporter of our team by attending the productions of the members involved in theater, attending the Mayor’s Cup hockey game where we brought the car along, and attending the baja events during ReUnion weekend. This year, I hope to get more involved on the building aspect of the car. My goal for the team is to not only have a top-placing car, but also to have a team of best friends who are willing to put in the time to work together to train new members and complete tasks or repairs on time. My favorite car is the second-generation Ford Explorer. My dad gave me his old 1998 Ford Explorer the day I got my driver’s license and I fell in love. It gave me first-hand experience in fixing cars and the signs of things going bad. Other than baja, I am involved with the SAE Aero team and am working on research in the Aerogel lab on campus.
Treasurer: Matt Haber ’19