The ESS supports the following clubs and teams:

UVic AERO is a not-for-profit student run team that designs and fabricates aircraft. Their team currently consists of 30 members, with new ones joining all the time. Membership includes students in electrical, mechanical, computer and software engineering, as well as complimentary disciplines, such as business and economics. This gives students the opportunity to apply their theoretical knowledge in order to solve real world challenges.
The primary purpose of the team is to develop strong hands-on design skills in student engineers who are interested in cutting-edge technology. These include mechanical and electrical hardware design, software development, and aircraft systems engineering. UVic AERO members also gain experience working as a team in areas of project management, technical writing, project presentation, manufacturing processes and system integration. Membership is voluntary, with no academic credit given. This means that only well-organized students with drive and determination will have the time to devote to the team outside of class.
The UVic AERO team is currently working on updating and improving our current aircraft and ground control systems for the Unmanned Systems Canada competition this year.
Check out their webpage at for more info.

AUVic is an interdisciplinary student-run group that designs and builds an autonomous submersible robot to compete in the international RoboSub competition. The primary purpose of AUVic is to provide students with hands-on exposure to underwater technology and embedded systems. Every aspect of the robot must be designed, created and tested by the team, giving students the opportunity to apply their theoretical knowledge in order to solve real world challenges. The competition itself is an obstacle course with challenges such as object and colour recognition, firing torpedos at targets, dropping weights into bins, picking up and transporting objects, and detecting sonar pingers.
AUVic welcomes students of all disciplines and experiences!
Check out their webpage at for more info.

EcoCAR 2: Plugging In to the Future is a three-year collegiate advanced vehicle technology engineering competition established by the United States Department of Energy (DOE) and General Motors (GM), and is being managed by Argonne National Laboratory. The competition challenges 15 universities across North America to reduce the environmental impacts of vehicles by minimizing the vehicle’s fuel consumption and reducing its emissions while retaining the vehicle’s performance, safety and consumer appeal. Students use a real-world engineering process to design and integrate their advanced technology solutions into a GM-donated vehicle.
Check out their webpage at for more info

ECOsat is designing and building a nano-satellite (which is around 3 litres and less than 4 kg) for a nation-wide competition involving 9 universities. The team gets to design and build the satellite, choosing the mission, the internal structure and all the components. Student members have the opportunity to work on circuit boards, including on-board computing, soldering, prototyping and power regulation; communications, which currently uses a Software Defined Radio system; computer aided modelling of the spacecraft’s structure, thermal and vibration properties, using SolidWorks and FEMAP; and other aspects such as internal bus, mechanical deployment systems, the Attitude Determination and Control System, and power generation. Students on the team gain hands on experience in designing, building and testing these in-house creations, and have the opportunity to travel (so far to Vancouver, Quebec and/or Ottawa).
Check out their webpage at for more info.

Formula SAE
Formula SAE is one of the most rewarding projects you can become a part of at UVic. On top of the extensive hands-on experience you will gain, every team member is given an opportunity to drive the car during pre-competition testing.
The Society of Automotive Engineers started the Formula SAE competition in 1981 in hopes that young engineers would gain the practical experience required in the industry. Since then Formula SAE has grown into the world’s largest engineering competition. In 2001 the UVic Formula SAE team was formed and has been competing every year since.
The competition calls on university students to conceive, design, fabricate, and race a small formula style, open wheel race car. With the design being governed by tactful restrictions, and adding the several hours a week onto an already demanding schedule, Formula SAE pushes the limits of your education and continually tests your time management and organization.
Check out their webpage at for more info.

The IEEE UVic Student branch is a student-run organization that connects students with the opportunities that are presented by the Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers. It also hosts various events for students throughout the year and provides a lab space for all members to use freely for any school or personal projects.
IEEE has drop in hours from 1:00 PM to 3:00 PM on Wednesdays in ELW B350. We offer academic support for first year math and computer science to all engineering students. We also offer electrical and software troubleshooting assistance and tools. Stuck on an integration? Interested in joining? Drop by! Check out their website at

Leadership Through Diversity
Leadership Through Diversity (LTD) is a group providing leadership opportunities, and inclusive events for engineering students to network, meet other students, and get involved with their faculty. LTD aims at promoting diversity throughout engineering in the form of leadership, hosting events, providing academic workshops, mentorship opportunities, speakers, and casual alcohol-free events. Some of the recent events have been Women in Engineering Nights, Potlucks, and various events through their tri-mentoring program. In the future, LTD hopes to expand and incorporate first year mentorship, high school recruitment, high school mentorship, and a variety of additional events. Anyone in engineering is encouraged to attend events and get involved. Check out their (new!) website at

UVic Intelligent Ground Vehicle Team
Who we are:
The University of Victoria Intelligent Ground Vehicle Team (UVic IGVT) is a student-run group open to anyone interested in designing and building an autonomous ground vehicle platform
What we do:
We plan on competing in the Association for Unmanned Vehicle Systems International Intelligent Ground Vehicle Competition (AUVSI IGVC) in June of 2013.
This competition involves designing, building, programming, simulating and testing of a intelligent autonomous ground vehicle which navigates a course with barriers and navigation points. Check out their website at

The Biomedical Engineering Student Team (B.E.S.T.) is comprised of students from mechanical, electrical, and software engineering as well as students from chemistry, biology, neuroscience, and nursing. The purpose of the BEST is to provide students with hands-on experience through designing and building medical devices for entry into a variety of Biomedical Student competitions. Currently, the team is designing an all-in-one device to measure several vital signs quickly and non-intrusively and then stream this information to a smart device, such as a tablet or phone. Check out their webpage at for more info.