Society of Automotive Engineers gains a variety of experiences

November 15, 2013
Society of Automotive Engineers

PLATTEVILLE, Wis. — The University of Wisconsin-Platteville’s Society of Automotive Engineers is a diverse group of individuals. The society is comprised of five groups including the Formula team, Baja team, Snowmobile team, Aero team and the general group.

The Society of Automotive Engineers organizes each team. The Platteville SAE is a member of the Mississippi Valley section of the National SAE. The national society sets the professional rules and regulations for all automotive industries.

“SAE is the most intensive organization on campus,” said Michael Caraway, president of SAE.

To complete their cost reports one year they spent 52 hours, sleeping in the conference room, writing up their report because they do so much.

Many of the members are there multiple nights a week, sometimes into the early morning hours, working on their projects. “We are doing our best to model SAE after a fortune 500 company because everyone should understand what everyone else is doing,” said Caraway.

The Baja group, which is more than 33 years old, won first place at its last competition. The UW-Platteville team beat out teams from UW-Stout, UW-Madison and University of Iowa. Lucas Menzel from Brodhead, Wis., Isaiah Kronebusch from Altura, Minn., and Ethan Hauser from Belvidere, Wis., are co-captains for the Baja team. “We approached this race, as captains, with the intent to win and we made sure we prepared well for it,” said Hauser.

At the competition, the off road, buggy style cars compete in different events including fastest lap and two different two-hour endurance races. The Platteville Baja team won with car number 18 but they also entered number 93 in the competition. The cars are also judged on design and performance. The Baja team has already begun designs for next year and will work from now until next fall to complete them.

The snowmobile team was started because Yellowstone Park began limiting the use of snowmobiles because of noise and air pollution. SAE decided to create a team that worked to create quieter, cleaner and more efficient machines.

UW-Platteville is a unique SAE group because it includes all four teams. Most schools only have one or two. The other two teams are AERO, which builds and flies planes, and Formula, which builds open race cars for competition.

SAE would like to thank all of their sponsors including Reliance Tool, Arctic Cat, Miller Welding, Alcoa, Ace Metal Craft, Wayne Willkomm, Midwest Composites, Q&T Machining in Belmont, Pingel, Signs to Go, and Ubersox Chrysler Dodge Jeep Ram for their support of SAE.

Contact: Michael Caraway, student,

Written by: Megan Schmidt, UW-Platteville University Information and Communications, (608) 342-1194,



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