Meet the Team

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Faculty Advisor
Chris Bachman

​Chris Bachman, PhD PE

Mechanical Engineering Department Assistant Professor

Dr. Bachman teaches Introduction to Engineering and Technology, Introduction to Mechanical Design, Thermodynamics, and Capstone Senior Design. He directs the ECST Makerspace and also advises the Formula SAE team. His research interests include batteries, fuel cells, energy systems, and education.

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Team Leads
Jesus Sanchez

Jesus Sanchez

Team Captain, Frame Lead

Jesus leads this year's team. As a Baja SAE veteran, Jesus knows the ins and outs of getting a team ready for competition. As the frame lead, he is tasked with ensuring the roll cage fabrication is up to safety standards.

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Hugo Gamiz

Hugo Gamiz

Co-Captain, Steering Lead

Hugo designed and manufactured the 2023 Baja steering geometry. He also manages the week-to-week operations of the team. In his downtime, Hugo likes to work on project cars. After graduating, he would like to work in the automotive or manufacturing industry.

Kelly Phan

Kelly Phan

Co-Captain, Business

Kelly is pivotal in helping the team get competition ready. Kelly worked in conjunction with the team captain to budget the cost and travel accommodations of the Baja SAE Oregon competition. 

 
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Jesse Nunes

Jesse Nunes

Suspension Lead

Jesse is tasked with analyzing and redesigning the suspension system of the 2023 car. An avid off-roader, Jesse gives the team great insight into how a solid Baja car should behave.

 
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Alejandro Barron

Alejandro Barron

Drivetrain Lead, Business Lead

Alejandro analyzed and tuned the drivetrain for the 2023 season. He also works on submitting business documentation and works with the social media team.

 
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Rommel Contreras

Rommel Contreras

Electrical Lead

Rommel is the electrical engineer of the group. The team relies on Rommel's ability to design a data acquisition system that can gather information on all the car's components.

 
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Edgardo Montanez

Edgardo Montanez

Brakes Lead

Edgardo is in charge of the leading safety feature in any vehicle, the brakes. His duties revolved around making sure the Baja car can stop at the drop of a hat. all four wheels ...this section is under construction for the 2022-2023 season.

 
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John San

John San

Ergonomics and Composites Lead

John works as the team's composites expert. He's responsible for both driver endurance and safety.

 
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Team Members
  • Aleks von Schmidt
  • Daniel Rodriguez Jr.
  • Richard Strande
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  • Aaron Han 
  • Jose David Vasquez
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  • Christopher Duran
  • Pedro Munoz
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