The University of Michigan Autonomous Robotic Vehicle Team is a new student design team founded in fall 2016, with the goal to create a fully autonomous vehicle for the Intelligent Ground Vehicle Competition in 2018 at Oakland University in Rochester, Michigan. We want to engage and educate our community about intelligent and autonomous systems, through outreach efforts like demos and hands-on workshops where audiences can interact with our vehicle and learn more about autonomous systems.
The Michigan Baja Race team is a student-run competition team housed within the College of Engineering. Every year we design and manufacture an entirely new off-road race vehicle from the ground up. Team members work in the Wilson Student Team Project Center to machine parts, fabricate molds and assemble the new car. If all goes well, we used the remainder of the semester to test and tune the car for the upcoming competitions.
BLUElab is a student organization composed of 8 project teams that are united through a sustainable, socially engaged design process. We believe that design is about people, and that the best designs are sustainable, taking into account all social, economic, and environmental impacts. For these reasons, our project teams are multidisciplinary and emphasize collaboration with local and international stakeholders to ensure that identified needs (typically in the areas of agriculture, education, energy, resource management, and water) are appropriately addressed. We offer students the opportunity to hone their interpersonal skills, engage in social responsibility, participate in an interactive design experience, and develop as servant leaders.
Sa’ Nima’ collaborative began as its own group, which worked with the community of Samox San Lucas, Guatemala to develop a biosand water filter that they installed in their schoolyard. The group members also worked with the schools to teach English, and planned after school activities that taught the kids science and math. The team joined BLUELab a few years ago when they began to pursue a solar lantern project with Samox. The team worked for two years to design and implement these lanterns, but finances and communication led the team to reevaluate and perform a needs assessment during the summer of 2016. They identified a variety of needs within several communities and have decided to pursue their next project in the region of Primavera del Ixcán, Guatemala.
The goal of BLUElab Thailand is to develop sustainable flood mitigation solutions in Northern Thailand through co-design. We collaborate with the Department of Disaster Mitigation in our partner municipality of Mae Chan and PURPLElab, our sister organization at Chiang Mai University, to conceptualize, test, and iterate upon our prototypes. As we continue to grow these relationships, we aim to learn through the exchange of ideas, feedback, and culture.
BLUElab’s Woven Wind’s mission is to design, build, and implement small-scale wind turbines in order to collaborate with educational communities to engage students and the general public in STEM fields and renewable energy. Through our work, we aim to serve society by developing sustainable, safe, and functional devices that act as educational tools to both our organization and our partners.
The ChemE Car competition sponsored by the American Institute of Chemical Engineers (AIChE) requires the development of a shoe-box sized car designed and calibrated to run for a pre-determined distance and to carry a certain amount of weight. The car must be fueled by a chemical reaction and stopped by a chemical reaction.
The Michigan Concrete Canoe Team works together to design, fabricate, and race a canoe made from concrete as part of the annual ASCE National Concrete Canoe Competition. The purpose of this event is to promote developments in concrete mix designs and encourage undergraduate involvement in advanced research, project management, and intercollegiate competition.
The University of Michigan Human-Powered Submarine Team is a student-run team focused on designing, building, and testing underwater vehicles solely powered by one person. Each school year the team begins drafting plans for a new sub or designing improvements for an existing sub. Members spend countless hours manufacturing and testing new, innovative systems. Every summer, the team competes in an international competition which tests the sub’s speed and agility against other teams from around the world.
M-Fly is a Society of Automotive Engineers Aerospace Design team at the University of Michigan. Our team’s goal is to design, build, test, and fly remote controlled aircraft for the SAE Aero Design Competition annually. We are open to students of all majors/class standing and no previous experience is necessary.
M-HEAL is a student organization that fosters interdisciplinary work in global health, design, and entrepreneurship. We engage students from various backgrounds in these efforts through guest lectures, interactive workshops, and volunteer opportunities. We support project teams as they develop health care solutions and as they travel abroad to work with international partners. M-HEAL strives to cultivate a well-informed, creative, and collaborative community prepared to make a positive impact for global health.
MAAV strives to provide practical, hands-on experience for students by competing annually in the International Aerial Robotics Competition (IARC). Members of MAAV engage in the design, building, and testing of an autonomous unmanned aerial system (UAS) while furthering multiple areas of Computer Science and Aerospace Engineering research.
The competition we compete in is centered around designing, building, and testing an RC aircraft based upon a set of mission requirements that change every year. The set of missions for each year is based upon a different area within the field of aircraft design. The theme for this year is “Tube Launched UAV” and in past years the theme has been “Distributed Manufacturing Aircraft”, “Backcountry Bush Plane”, “Joint Strike Fighter”, and “Small Passenger Aircraft.”
The Michigan Aeronautical Science Association (MASA) is committed to increasing student interest in high power rocketry at The University of Michigan. Our goal is to teach students about the basics of rocketry and to provide hands-on exposure to the design, build, and test phases of engineering. The program also seeks to research and experiment with growing areas of rocketry such as hybrid propulsion, liquid propulsion, and composite materials. We pride ourselves on having rockets and ground support systems designed, built, and tested almost entirely by MASA members. Every summer, MASA participates in the Inter-collegiate Rocket Engineering Competition (IREC), which now takes place at Spaceport America in New Mexico.
Michigan Aquaponics aims to serve as a source of aquaponics technology and business expertise for both local communities, such as the University of Michigan, as well as interested global communities. As technology experts, Michigan Aquaponics will serve its communities by educating people on issues of food security and sustainable food systems, implementing functional aquaponics systems with interested community-level partners, and providing business development support for partners wishing to implement aquaponics as a solution to their expressed needs. Michigan Aquaponics is also committed to creating a vibrant and diverse community of students from across Michigan.
Michigan Drone Racing provides an opportunity for students to research, design, build, and test high speed drones with the goal of competing with other universities and drone racing groups. Our purpose is to expand upon classroom education by allowing members to become fully involved in the technical processes involved within a formatted project team, which exposes students to hands-on engineering experience through a fun and innovative technical competition.
Michigan Electric Racing is a student team at the University of Michigan whose mission is to design, build, test, and finance our own high-performance, all-electric Formula-style race car. The team competes at the Formula SAE competitions each summer against teams from all over the world. This past season was our most successful season ever with a 2nd place finish at Formula SAE North. This intense design and build project allows students from around the university to engage in real-world engineering and challenges them to further their classroom education on an entirely student-run team.
Michigan Robotic Submarine (Michigan RoboSub) is a student-led engineering team with members of diverse backgrounds and interests working together to design and build an autonomous robotic submarine for the annual RoboSub competition in San Diego, CA. We strive to advance autonomous underwater vehicle technology, cultivate individual member growth, & develop opportunities for future wolverine success.
Michigan Vertical Flight Technology is partnering with Purdue VTOL to create a new collegiate personal vertical flight competition for sustainable transportation to help alleviate urban ground congestion. We will also design and build a flight vehicle to compete.
MPEDD is multidisciplinary engineering organization. We aim to expand on the theoretical knowledge base of engineers at the University with real, hands-on experience, and we aim to educate future engineers about what engineers really do. To do this, we design and build equipment used in industrial processes and demonstrate them to interested undergraduate classes and high school students.
MRacing is the University’s Formula SAE team founded in 1986. With over 30 years of experience, the engineering design team is continually pushing the envelope of vehicle design. Formula SAE is a collegiate motorsport racing series in which students use technical innovation and advanced engineering analysis to build formula-style racecars. Teams design and build a new care each year, taking knowledge from previous years and new innovations onto the track.
The Michigan Mars Rover Team (MRover) is a student-run, multidisciplinary organization whose mission is to design and build a rover for the exploration of extraterrestrial environments. Our team consists of undergraduate and graduate students, representing majors for the College of Engineering and the College of Literature, Science, and the Arts. We strive to inspire and educate students about space, Mars exploration, and engineering.
Pantanal Partnership seeks to use sustainable technology and community-oriented design as a medium to improve quality of life for residents of the Pantanal, expand research and environmental stewardship in the Pantanal region of Brazil, and equip our members with technical skills and experience engaging with different cultures.
The purpose of this student organization is to push our creative skills to the limit and revolutionize the music industry and the way music is created. We have two main objectives: to invent, fabricate, and preform experimental and conventional musical instruments. We intend to design several experimental instruments each term and perform throughout the university.
The University of Michigan Solar Car Team is an entirely student-run organization that designs and builds solar electric vehicles. The team races both nationally and internationally. Since its establishment in 1989, the team has built 14 vehicles, won the American Solar Car Challenge nine times, and placed third in the World Solar Challenge five times.
Michigan Solar Sea (MSS) is a student project team that designs, builds, and races a manned solar-powered boat to compete in the Solar Splash competition. Our team offers students the unique opportunity to work on a full-scale boat project. Some challenges we face include designing and fabricating a hull and propeller for low-speed efficiency and high-speed performance, building an electrical system for high peak power output, and assembling a solar array.
The Student Space Systems Fabrication Laboratory (S3FL) is an organization dedicated to providing students with practical space systems design and fabrication experience not readily available through the academic curriculum. S3FL’s approach is to enhance education by coupling classroom knowledge with practicum experience involving real engineering design, analysis, test, fabrication, integration, and operation of actual flight vehicles and space payloads. Each year, S3FL involves over a hundred undergraduate and graduate students in activities ranging from balloon payloads to microgravity experiments to nanosatellites.
The SPARK Electric Racing Team is raising awareness about electric vehicles. Using advanced battery technologies, safety systems, and powerful drivetrains, SPARK is building competition-worthy motorcycles which utilize clean, renewable power sources to achieve performance-level speed by using new technologies and innovative methods to design, build, and race electric motorcycles.
STARX is a student-run engineering design team at the University of Michigan focused on making practical powered exoskeletons that increase the effective strength of the user. By basing our designs on the best current research, we aim to bring exoskeletons to a functional level that can be applied to real world use.
The University of Michigan Steel is a student project team comprised of undergraduate and graduate engineering students. Each year the team designs, fabricates, and constructs a 1:10 scale bridge according to a set of rules from the American Institute of Steel Construction. The team then competes against other universities at a regional and sometimes national competition.
The Supermileage Team is a student project team that aims to enable students to carry out the engineering and design of a high-efficiency vehicle. The perennial goal of the team is to enter the vehicle into the Society of Automotive Engineers Supermileage Competition and the Shell Eco-marathon Americas Competition.
Team Aquador is focused on creating a sustainable water treatment system to clean contaminated fresh water sources in several regions in Ecuador. Our mission is to design, build, and implement a system that will be easy to use and maintain by the local communities. We hope to work with communities in the rainforest and jungle regions of Ecuador.
UM::Autonomy is an award-winning undergraduate student project team from the University of Michigan. Each year we build an autonomous boat to participate in the AUVSI Foundation Roboboat competition. The boat is completely designed and programmed by students and must complete a wide range of challenges that are designed to test its autonomous abilities.