Shop Talk: The Baja SAE Podcast

The official must-listen podcast of Baja SAE.

About the show

As the official must-listen podcast of Baja SAE, expect authentic, amusing conversations about all things related to Baja SAE. Hosts include SAE International staff, former competitors, volunteers, and organizers. Topics range from ruleset discussion to career advice and everything in between. This is the perfect podcast to listen to in the shop.

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  • Managing the Technical Inspection Process 2017

    March 8th, 2017  |  Season 2  |  36 mins 32 secs

    On this episode, we spoke to National Tech Inspectors Joe, Darrell, and Brett about how to make the Technical Inspection go smoothly.

  • Cost Report Explained

    February 10th, 2017  |  47 mins 30 secs

    We spoke to Matt Moody, Cost Report Captain, about the theory behind the Cost Report, what happens in an audit, the future of the Cost Event and more.

  • Frame Check Submission

    February 6th, 2017  |  27 mins 16 secs

    Our first episode of 2017 focused on the first required submission – the Frame Pre-Check.  We are joined by Marc and Jeremy from the National Tech Inspectors team to discuss some of the common mistakes, best practices, and theory behind this...

  • Learn Twice with Ken Francis from SAE International

    November 30th, 2016  |  10 mins 8 secs

    On this episode, we talk to Ken Francis about the Learn Twice Initiative.  By volunteering just a few hours per week in a local elementary or middle school, you can earn $$$ towards your CDS Registration.

  • 2017 Baja SAE Rules Review

    September 29th, 2016  |  24 mins 31 secs

    In this episode, the CDS Staff chat with Mike Zimmerman (Briggs & Stratton), Bo Neilan (National Tech Inspector), and Chris Reedy (National Tech Inspector) about the 2017 Baja SAE Ruleset.  We talk new engines, fuel tanks, frame checks, and...

  • 2017 Baja SAE Registration Tips

    September 22nd, 2016  |  15 mins 8 secs

    In this episode, the CDS Staff discusses the biggest mistakes teams make during online registration, some pro tips, and resources to have a smooth registration day.

  • Baja SAE Rochester Recap

    July 14th, 2016  |  14 mins 27 secs

    This week, we take a look back at Baja SAE Rochester, including an interview with the mind behind one of the more interesting obstacles from the event, and the presentation of the Mike Schmidt Memorial Award. 

  • Baja SAE Rochester Preview

    June 7th, 2016  |  19 mins 55 secs

    In this episode, we talk with Marty Gordon, organizer of Baja SAE Rochester! We talk two locations, food drives, the spirit of Baja, and the Mike Schmidt Iron Team Award.  Listen and be prepared! 

  • Baja SAE California Recap

    June 6th, 2016  |  18 mins 27 secs

    Baja SAE California is in the books as we return to California the first time since the 80’s.  We discuss going out West, the latest tips for getting through the Tech Line, and that incredible “Himalayan” Hill Climb at this event! ...

  • Preparing for Baja SAE California with Joe Batwinis

    May 16th, 2016  |  17 mins 49 secs

    This episode, we talk with Baja SAE California organizer Joe Batwinis about preparing your team for the event, some environmental tips, where to eat, and his experience coming up as a former student participant! 

  • Baja SAE Tennessee Tech Recap

    May 9th, 2016  |  11 mins 33 secs

    Summary The first Baja SAE event of 2016 is in the books!  We talk with organizer Dale Wilson about the history and event, members of the tech team for tips and what they had seen at the event, and several participating teams in their secrets to...

  • Mike Zimmerman of Briggs & Straton on the 2017 Engine

    April 29th, 2016  |  3 mins 43 secs

    In this episode, we catch up with Mike Zimmerman of
    Briggs & Straton at Tennessee Tech University to discuss the
    new engine being shown off for next year's competition.
    Show Notes

    [00:14] Interview with Briggs & Stratton

  • Top Tips For Competition

    April 12th, 2016  |  9 mins 18 secs

    Summary In this episode, we are joined by Sara Guffey, University Programs Coordinator, with the top tips to make your competition experience the best! ===================================== Subscribe on Stitcher Subscribe on iTunes

  • Preparing for Baja SAE Tennessee Tech with Sam Barill

    April 11th, 2016  |  15 mins 2 secs

    On the first edition of the Baja SAE Podcast, we talk with Sam Barill, Program Manager for Baja SAE, as we discuss what to look out for at the upcoming event!
    Show Notes
    [00:37] What's New in 2016
    [02:35] Baja SAE Tennessee Tech...