The ESS supports the following clubs and teams:

UVic AERO is a group of approximately 40 engineering students who build Unmanned Aerial Vehicles (UAV) and compete annually in the Unmanned Systems Canada Student UAS competition. The competition requires each team to build a UAV to survey a simulated disaster zone and give a detailed report of the damaged area. AERO achieved 3rd place in 2014 and 2nd place in 2015.

The primary purpose of AERO is to give students experience working with the quickly growing industry of aerial robotics and use it to solve real world problems. Members learn to apply their skills as they design and create software, circuit boards, and airframes.

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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!

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BioDev is the biomedical development team, and we are affiliated with the Center for Biomedical Research. We are comprised of students from various engineering disciplines, such as biomedical, electrical, mechanical and software. The team also has involvement from other faculties including science and business. BioDev is devoted to designing medical devices for entry into competitions like the National Collegiate Inventors and Innovators Alliance’s. The current device being developed is a vital signs reading sensor package for use by first responders. The device measures a few key vital signs (heart-rate, blood pressure, SpO2) quickly and non-invasively, and then streams this information to a smart device, such as a tablet or phone. The team also has an industry engagement division which actively seeks out sponsorships and arranges networking events where team members can connect with local life science industry. By joining our team you will have the chance to work on a variety of projects such as developing medical grade sensors, real-time programming of microcontrollers, facilitating human physiology workshops for kids, or developing a budget and business plan for the group.

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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).

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Engineering Without Borders
Write-up coming soon!

Formula Hybrid
The UVic Hybrid Team is a group of UVic engineering students that design, build, and compete with hybrid vehicles. Our vehicles challenge the status-quo of hybrid vehicle technology, with performance and efficiency both far above conventional vehicles. Our work is difficult, but the team constantly steps up to the challenges of technical innovation that are presented when exploring new technology.

However, the scope of our team extends beyond just building hybrid vehicles; we also believe it is important to give back to the community. Throughout the year we work in partnership with local organizations and schools to educate youth and the community about our hybrid technology, with the simultaneous goal of inspiring young minds to pursue a career in a scientific field. Informing the public, especially kids about hybrid technology is also key to making it mainstream in the eyes of consumers.
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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.

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The UVic IEEE 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. We offer academic support for all first and second year engineering students. IEEE is always welcoming new members, don’t hesitate to drop by ELW B350 anytime. If the door is locked just knock, someone is usually in the office.

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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.

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“Rocketry has been mythologized all out of proportion to its true difficulty.” ­ John Carmack.
The University of Victoria Rocketry team is developing a sounding rocket to compete in the
International Collegiate Rocket Engineering competition. The rocket will go really fast and
pretty high. You don’t need to be a rocket scientist to join this team, or even an engineering
student. A love for things that go fast and make loud noises spans far beyond the confines of
departments. We are a team of passionate people who enjoy challenges. If you have a
passion or think that you would be interested in what we do then get in touch!

For more information visit or email rocketuvic (at) gmail (dot) com.

The Women in Engineering and Computer Science group at UVIC encourages and supports gender diversity in the technical fields. WECS runs a variety of projects both on and off campus with the goal of increasing and
retaining enrollment of all genders in the Faculty of Engineering. They introduce Girl Guide troupes across
Victoria and Saanich to Engineering and Computer Science with interactive workshops in their Outreach Program, bring inspirational members of technical industries to campus to connect with current students through their Speaker Series, and host tutorials for students in first year programming courses through their
CSC Revealed Clinics program. WECS also provides support to women in developing countries to increase their digital literacy, and offers free drop­in tea and cookies sessions every Tuesday as a welcoming environment for students to connect with one another. On top of these ongoing projects, WECS hosts networking and social events such as speed mentoring, panel discussions, potlucks, and board game meetups.

For more information and a listing of upcoming events, visit WECS at