Design build teams
The UMass Aeronautics Team is an undergraduate student competition team. We compete in the American Institute of Aeronautics and Astronautics: Design, Build, Fly (DBF) International Competition. The competition requires team’s to design, manufacture, and fly an optimized aircraft capable of performing commercial, welfare, and military missions. We apply our classroom knowledge to real-world problems in the aviation, UAV, and VTOL industries—join us for the chance to gain practical engineering experience and develop essential skills.
ChemE car is an opportunity to apply what you have learned in class, get an excellent resume topic, and participate in a hands on project completely run by students. ChemE car gives you the freedom to design a model car based on any idea your group comes up with no experience required. The only requirement is that the car runs completely on a chemical energy source. 4-6 students spend roughly a semester and a half building a model car from scratch, ending with a multi-university competition. The project culminates with participating in the AiChE Regional ChemE Car Competition. Affiliated with AiChE.
- Affiliation: AiChE
The UMass Amherst ASCE Concrete Canoe team has a long and storied history. The team is probably the most memorable team experience among ASCE alumni with the most common reasons being the difficulty, the camaraderie, and the accomplishment inherent in the event. The competition involves designing, mixing, casting, and racing a concrete canoe. Slight changes are made to the rules every year, but in general, canoes are judged on aesthetic appearance, weight, speed (via a timed race), and engineering design.
- Affiliation: ASCE
Engineers Without Borders UMass Amherst (EWB)
EWB UMass is a student organization of graduate and undergraduate students whose mission is:
- to improve the quality of life of disadvantaged communities by developing environmentally conscious, socially equitable, and economically sustainable engineering projects;
- to develop lasting and responsible relationships with the communities we work with; and
- to create opportunities for students to gain experience in community development, both locally and abroad.
Our group is responsible for the design, fundraising, construction, and implementation of each project. The idea is not to create a singular “solution” but to provide the tools necessary for the community to help themselves.
Formula SAE® is an internationally recognized student design competition that challenges university undergraduate and graduate students to conceive, design, fabricate, develop, and compete with small, formula-style vehicles. The competitions give teams the chance to demonstrate and prove both their creativity and engineering skills in comparison to teams from other universities around the world.
UMass Formula SAE is an undergraduate student organization that aims to foster a multi-year community for ambitious students across any major on our campus to collaborate, grow, and apply the theoretical knowledge that we are being taught in class to a real-world problem. We integrate aspects of project management, budgeting, collaboration (across our sub-teams and within our sub-teams), hoping not just to become better students, but to also to make our students better job/internship candidates.
Since its inception as an embedded system hackathon with only 100 participants in 2014, HackUMass has evolved from a basement gathering to one of the largest and most prominent hackathons in the Northeast. HackUMass receives 2,000+ applications annually and hosts over 900 developers, designers, and entrepreneurs who joined together to create over 100 hardware and software projects in 36 hours.
MinuteMan Launch Team / Rocket Team
The UMass student launch team aims to take on NASA’s challenging Student Launch Initiative (SLI), which provides an opportunity for undergraduates in engineering to gain knowledge and hands-on experience with high powered rocketry. The UMass team will design, build, and launch a high-powered rocket bearing various data-collecting payloads to simulate a NASA mission. Successful SLI teams travel to Huntsville, AL in April to compete with other teams. An important goal of the project is to stimulate interest in STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics) fields by engaging local schools with interactive and educational activities.
UMass Robotics is a student-run organization that gives members the opportunity to dive deep into the cutting-edge field of robotics. Members will gain experience in computer programming, electronics, and hardware design. Each year, our team works to build a robot that will compete in an annual competition. This year, the the team will compete in the NASA Lunabotics competition by building a mining robot capable of digging through sand and gathering "precious material," similar to what a robot might do on Mars.
Seismic Design Team
Our Seismic Design team annually designs and builds a balsa wood scale model of a skyscraper for the EERI Seismic Design Competition. The structural restrictions change every year, but the competition involves designing a tower that can withstand three specified ground motions. The ground motions are often taken from actual earthquakes, so students get a brief history lesson as well! The competition also involves a written component, a formal oral presentation, a poster presentation, and aesthetic judging.
- Affiliation: ASCE
Steel Bridge Team
The Steel Bridge design team annually designs, fabricates, and constructs a bridge assembled out of individual, interlocking steel sections. At the Regional Competition, bridges must support a design load of 2500lbs. The bridges are then judged on aesthetics, lightness, stiffness, and constructability. The Steel Bridge team is concept- and design-intense in the fall semester, needing to finalize the bridge design before winter break so that the steel can be fabricated. In the spring, the team irons out the fastest way to construct the bridge and practices as often as possible!
- Affiliation: ASCE
Supermileage Vehicle Team
The SuperMileage Vehicle (SMV) competition is an intercollegiate contest sponsored by the Society of Automotive Engineers. The program provides participants with the opportunity to enhance their engineering design and project management skills in a challenging competition. The engineering design goal for SAE Supermileage is to develop and construct a single-person, fuel-efficient vehicle that complies with the competition rules. The vehicles will run a specified course to obtain the highest combined kilometers per liter (miles per gallon) rating and have the opportunity to set a world fuel economy record and increase public awareness of fuel economy. The competition in held each June in Marshall, Michigan.
Unmanned Aerial Vehicle (UAV) Team
An unmanned aerial vehicle or uncrewed aerial vehicle (UAV), commonly known as a drone, is an aircraft without a human pilot on board and a type of unmanned vehicle.
The UMass UAV Team competes in the annual AIAA DBF Competition, which involves designing, prototyping, and building a UAV and subcomponents capable of completing the missions outlined by the competition guidelines. Students will have to use engineering theory, math modeling, and hands on testing and prototyping to succeed in this real-world design challenge. The team competes against 110 other top universities around the world during the fly-off which is held in April at a different location in the US each year. Alongside the design proposals and technical reports required by the competition, the team will meet the Senior Design Project requirements. The UMass UAV Team objectives are:
- Provide real world aircraft design experience by applying analytical studies
- Enhance reputation of UMass Amherst engineering department by competing against universities in an event sponsored by aerospace companies such as SpaceX, NASA, Boeing, Textron, etc.
- Inspire fellow UMass Amherst engineers to work in the aerospace industry and give them necessary skills to succeed there
- Give students hands on prototyping and manufacturing experience
- Build foundation for future UMass teams including entry, reports, design, prototype/equipment, and know-how
- Email: umassuavteam [at] gmail [dot] com