Congratulations to Purdue's Baja SAE team, returning from the collegiate championships in California. Despite a rollover accident in the 4-hour endurance race (no one was hurt), Purdue's team finished 36th out of 94 teams -- defeating schools from all over the US, Canada, Mexico, China, Korea, India, and Dubai. The competition also judged the design and cost of constructing the car, for which Purdue also finished in the top 25. It's a year-long process, requiring know-how in mechanical engineering, product design, fluid mechanics, material science, manufacturing, and economics. Students run the team, attract sponsors, validate the design work, manufacture nearly every single piece of the vehicle (except the engine and shocks), and test the vehicle for acceleration, durability, and safety. It gets engineers out of the classroom and into a real-world application of all they've learned at Purdue.