February 07, 2017 1:15PM
Pittsburg State University usually hosts the SAE Baja event every three years. The engineering design competition will be in Pittsburg in May of this year and was slated to return to campus again in 2020.
However, in a surprise announcement Tuesday, PSU President Steve Scott announced that the international event will be back in Pittsburg sooner than expected.
“Due to some conflicts with schedules, the SAE Baja organization was looking for a host site for the 2018 event,” Scott said, “and they knew just where to look. We, of course, were more than happy to accept their invitation to host.”
Scott made the announcement about the 2018 event on Tuesday during a special celebration of the 2017 SAE Baja event, which will take place May 25-28 on PSU’s campus. He said being asked to host again next year is a testament to the quality of event held at Pitt State.
“It’s very exciting and of course we’re honored that we were asked to host again in 2018,” Scott said. “It’s a testament to the quality of event we put on here, and that’s truly a testament to the hard work put in by folks on campus and in the community.”
The 2017 and 2018 events will be the university’s third and fourth time hosting SAE Baja. The event was at PSU in 2011 and 2014.
The 2017 event will feature 110 teams and more than 1,500 students from around the world. Countries represented at the 2017 event are the United States, Canada, Mexico, Brazil, India and South Africa.
Associate Professor Trent Linbloom said that while hosting SAE Baja is hard work, he knows the faculty, staff and students at Pitt State are up for the challenge of hosting the event two years in a row.
“When we were first asked to host again in 2018, I was little hesitant just because I know how much goes into making it happen,” he said. “At the same time, it’s a true honor to be asked to host, and I have supreme confidence in the people at PSU and in the community. I know we have what it takes, and I’m very excited about hosting in back-to-back years.”
Lindbloom said the dates for the 2018 event will not be set until after the 2017 SAE Baja season. He also said the university remains committed to staying on the three-year hosting rotation, including hosting again in 2020.
For more information about SAE Baja, visit http://students.sae.org/cds/bajasae/east.