SAE Announces 2004 Collegiate Design Series Schedule

WARRENDALE, PA (March 30, 2004) - SAE International is pleased to announce the schedule of nine (9) North American events that comprise the 2004 SAE Collegiate Design Series. These events challenge student teams, usually of 10-20 persons, to design and build vehicles that are capable of meeting specific program challenges.

The series, which was began with the first Mini Baja in 1976, has grown to become an exciting means of demonstrating teamwork and applying engineering concepts to real-world application. This year over 150 Colleges and Universities from around the globe are expected to participate in one or more of the events. Most teams began preparing for the event during the 2003 Fall semester, as part of their engineering curriculum. Each event bears witness to the culmination of countless hours of planning and work.

The 2004 Schedule of events is as follows:

Clean Snowmobile Challenge
Houghton, Michigan
(Held) March 15-20, 2004
Hosted by Michigan Technological University
Aero Design East
Orlando, FL
April 16-18, 2004
Hosted by University of Central Florida
Mini Baja West
Portland, OR
April 22-24, 2004
Hosted by the SAE Oregon Section
Walking Robot Challenge
Schenectady, NY
April 28-May 1, 2004
Hosted by Union College
Mini Baja East
Montreal, Quebec
May 6-8, 2004
Hosted by Ecole de technologie superieure
Formula SAE
Pontiac, MI
May 19-23, 2004
Hosted by the Formula SAE Consortium
Midwest Mini Baja
Milwaukee, WI
June 3-6, 2004
Hosted by the SAE Milwaukee Section
Supermileage
Marshall, MI
June 11-12, 2004
Hosted by Eaton Corporation
Aero Design West
Fort Worth, TX
June 18-20
Hosted by Lockheed Martin

A detailed description of the SAE Collegiate Design Series and links to each events' webpage is posted at the following URL: http://www.sae.org/students/index.htm. Media Inquiries may be directed to the SAE Public Relations Team at 1-800-441-2919.

Editors Note: Accredited journalists are encouraged to attend any of these events at no cost for registration. SAE does, however, ask that all persons on-site sign a liability waiver. The SAE Collegiate Design Series provides a wonderful opportunity for a variety of news and human interest stories. Interview options are plentiful and the static events provide great visuals capturing photo and video images. Media inquiries may be directed to Mark Burd, SAE Corporate PR, mburd@sae.org or 1-800-441-2919.