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.
Would you like to know more? Visit http://aero.uvic.ca/
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 www.auvic.uvic.ca 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 www.ecocar.uvic.ca 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 www.csdc.uvic.ca for more info.
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 www.fsae.uvic.ca for more info.
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.
Check out our website at http://ieeesb.uvic.ca/.
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 oac.uvic.ca/ltd.
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 http://www.web.uvic.ca/~uvicigvt/.
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. If you would like to find out more please visit our webpage at http://www.uvicbiodev.
“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 rocketry.uvic.ca or email firstname.lastname@example.org.