Meet the Baja Racing Team from New Jersey Institute of Technology

Judy Warner
|  Created: June 15, 2017  |  Updated: March 16, 2020

Baja racing car

Bob Burghart is a Sophomore who is studying Mechanical Engineering at NJIT, and is the leader of the sub-team responsible for electronics designs for their Baja racing car. In the car, there is a main dash system, a data acquisition board, a display board, and front and rear dongles that connect to 20 sensors.

As a kid, Bob had the typical curious mind of a budding engineer--always enjoying taking things apart. By middle and high school he began getting involved in robotics. His high school was fortunate enough to have a 3-D printer with which he helped design and build a fully functioning quad-copter. Once he started at NJIT, he joined the now 40-person SAE Baja Racing team which is overseen by professor and advisor Daniel Brateris. Brateris advises for the electrical engineering department, and is also the Director of Experiential Learning. Altium is very excited to be one of the sponsors to help fund the upcoming Maker Space that is being built out at NJIT.

This year the NJIT Highlander Racing Team has 3 races which are located in California, Illinois, and Kansas. At the time of this writing, NJIT’s team ranked 13th place overall in California, and scored 1st place in the 4-hour endurance race, in their first race of the season. (See video finish here) 

As the saying goes, “a picture is worth a thousand words”, so enjoy these photos sent to Altium along with a very gracious note thanking us for enabling the NJIT Highlander Baja racing team to compete and succeed. However, the team at Altium are the ones that are thrilled and truly grateful to be part of such a great project that is producing the next generation of innovators.

Congratulations to all!

About Author

About Author

Judy Warner has held a unique variety of roles in the electronics industry for over 25 years. She has a background in PCB Manufacturing, RF and Microwave PCBs and Contract Manufacturing, focusing on Mil/Aero applications. 

She has also been a writer, blogger, and journalist for several industry publications such as Microwave Journal, PCB007 Magazine, PCB Design007, PCD&F, and IEEE Microwave Magazine, and an active board member for PCEA (Printed Circuit Engineering Association). In 2017, Warner joined Altium as the Director of Community Engagement. In addition to hosting the OnTrack Podcast and creating the OnTrack Newsletter, she launched Altium's annual user conference, AltiumLive. Warner's passion is to provide resources, support, and advocate for PCB Design Engineers worldwide.

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