Why did the students in your club choose Oregon Tech?
Students often choose Oregon Tech because of the hands-on experiences that are offered throughout all of the majors. This club is a great example of that experience but some club members, like myself, are involved with multiple activities on campus as well. Another major factor in choosing Oregon Tech is the small class sizes and the opportunity to work very closely with our professors.
What are the different majors of your club members, and what do some of them say they like best about their major?
This club is made up of primarily Mechanical Engineering students but we have had Communications majors, Medical-related majors, and Business majors. I’m a Business major and what I like the most about my major is how often I get to work within the Klamath Falls community. It allows us to apply our learning outside of the classroom and benefit local businesses as well.
What is a favorite memory for your group, from your experiences at Oregon Tech so far?
For the most part, every student has a bit of a different experience with the team/club because people are on the team for different periods of time and therefore have different teammates and projects (due to changes with the car). But I think that overall, the competition at the end of the year is the biggest thing for all of us. It’s a memorable event, with successes, failures, and everything in between. So far at Oregon Tech, we’ve been able to interact with students on campus a lot and with high school students from the surrounding areas and that’s something that we’re grateful that Oregon Tech provides for us. We enjoy the opportunity to share what we do with the student body.
What career ambitions do your club members have after graduating from Oregon Tech?
Since the majority of our students are in the Mechanical Engineering department, it’s safe to say that they have high hopes of working for engineering firms and companies doing product design, machine design, manufacturing, and more. (those are actually all jobs that former club members have gone on to do after graduation!) I know that many of our graduating seniors would also like to stay in Oregon.
What is the best part about being your club? How does participating in this club benefit you now, and in the future?
The best part about being in this club is that you get to work on many different projects and wear many different hats simultaneously. The size of the club changes every year and sometimes one student will need to take on multiple roles. This is rewarding because it allows us to learn how to effectively communicate across the organization and round out skills in different areas that we might not have had the chance to before. In addition to that, participating in this club benefits us by preparing us for the future in the most realistic ways. We have conflicts, deadlines to meet, paperwork to fill out, and specific rules to follow. Those are all characteristics of working in industry and I think it gives Oregon Tech students a competitive advantage when leaving school because now they know what to expect in the future.
What would you say to the donor or donors who support Oregon Tech? What does their support mean to you?
On behalf of the club, we would say thank you in as many ways as possible. The donors and supporters are the backbone of this organization. They have supported us for many years and although we may falter, we are always able to complete our projects and make them proud. Their support means that we are not only representing Oregon Tech as a whole, but that we are representing them and their contributions of time, effort, and donations. We are proud to have your support, more than just financially. The donors’ support means that they believe in our abilities and the knowledge that we’ve gained from Oregon Tech.
Does the club participate in competitions? If so, please describe. What else would you like people to know about your club?
OTR Baja participates in the annual SAE (Society of Automotive Engineers) International Collegiate Design Series. Each team's goal is to design, manufacture, and build a single-seat, all-terrain, sporting vehicle whose structure contains the driver. The vehicle is to be a prototype for a reliable, maintainable, ergonomic, and economic production vehicle which serves a consumer market. This competition is governed by strict design/engineering rules that must be followed and the vehicle must comply in order to compete. Over 100 college teams from around the world compete and last year OTR placed 59th overall (combined score from all events).