For more information about interdisciplinary organizations, visit the College of Engineering's Student Clubs & Competitions page. For diversity organizations, view ME's diversity section or the College of Engineering's diversity programs.
Engineering competitions and clubs
These clubs are affiliated with the Mechanical Engineering Department. There are also a number of interdisciplinary clubs that mechanical engineering students can take part in, listed on the College of Engineering's website.
The EcoCAR team is competing in the EcoCAR 3 Advanced Vehicle Technology Competition (AVTC) aimed to convert a Chevrolet Camaro into an electric hybrid vehicle by 2018. This student competition is sponsored by General Motors and the U.S. Department of Energy. EcoCAR designs and integrates advanced vehicle technology powertrains and controls to develop their vehicle solutions to reduce emissions.
Formula Motorsports designs, builds, tests and competes with two small formula-style race cars, one combustion and one electric. Everything that the club produces is done entirely in-house. Formula produces its own designs, performs its own machining, and manufactures its own carbon fiber parts. Formula competes in the Society of Automotive Engineers' annual competition known as Formula SAE, and in 2016, they took second place at the Lincoln competition. Formula provides countless learning opportunities in design, manufacturing, testing, research, fundraising, and management, and members can register for class credit.
The UW Human Powered Submarine (HPS) Team designs and manufactures a submarine to compete at the International Submarine Races in Bethesda, MD, or the European International Submarine Races in Gosport, England. The HPS team consists of both volunteer and credit-earning members from an array of engineering disciplines. The team's goal is to develop the most effective submarine system possible, relying solely on human power.
Husky Robotics is a club for students to learn and teach engineering and leadership skills through robotics projects. The primary project is participation in the University Rover Challenge, where the team designs, builds, programs, and tests a Mars Rover for a series of simulated missions. No experience is necessary to join in autumn quarter. Husky Robotics is looking for people who are passionate, dedicated (this is a three-quarter project), and able to commit several hours each week to engineering or research in astrogeology or astrobiology. Husky Robotics members gain practical experience in machining, circuit design, coding, project management, team leadership, public speaking, and field engineering, with many opportunities to improve their skills and get involved in this interdisciplinary club.
Hyperloop is a new form of transportation—a kind of magnetic levitation train that glides inside an evacuated tube, virtually unaffected by air resistance and able to move at near the speed of sound. The award winning UWashington Hyperloop Team is one of the top 22 out of 1200+ teams in SpaceX’s Hyperloop Pod Design competition and is building and testing the first prototype that will race in a one-mile test track in Hawthorne, CA.
WOOF3D is the UW 3D printing club. Its mission is to build an environment centered around additive manufacturing where young engineers can experience teamwork, leadership, technical skills, and real-world engineering. Having only existed for a few years, WOOF3D has been at the forefront of many incredible projects including the world’s first 3D printed boat, 3D printing 3D printers for sustainable manufacturing, and designing and building the largest student-made 3D printer on campus. UW students from all levels of technical experience are welcome to join WOOF3D.
Mechanical Engineering students have achieved great success in the competitions hosted by the Buerk Center for Entrepreneurship. In 2016, students from the ME department were on five separate prize winning teams across the three competitions listed below. These teams received up to $25,000 to continue work on their projects and have gone on to launch startups based on these projects.
In the Environmental Innovation Challenge, interdisciplinary student teams define an environmental problem, develop a solution, design and build a prototype, create a business plan, and pitch to judges at a demo-day event. Environmental innovation is any product, process or service that reduces waste, minimizes energy consumption, and contributes to a healthier planet. Students can take part in the Environmental Innovation Practicum autumn quarter to get started on project concepts for the challenge.
The Health Innovation Challenge provides a platform for interdisciplinary student teams to work on new solutions to existing problems, new approaches to helping people live healthier lives, and new opportunities for care and treatment. Students can take part in the Health Innovation Practicum autumn quarter to get started on project concepts for the challenge.
The Business Plan Competition provides student teams with mentoring from entrepreneurs and investors, the opportunity to tell their stories to the Seattle startup community, and the visibility they need to get going. In 2016, ME project JikoPower won the grand prize at this competition.
The American Society of Heating, Refrigerating, and Air-Conditioning Engineers (ASHRAE) is an international organization founded to advance the arts and sciences of heating, ventilation, air conditioning and refrigeration, and related human factors to serve the needs of the public.
The mission of the American Society of Mechanical Engineers (ASME) at UW is to promote peer relationships and professional engineering development for students of mechanical engineering. ASME provides students with opportunities to network with the greater mechanical engineering community through social events, guest speaker lectures from industry, and tours of current projects, local businesses, and research facilities.
The Society of Naval Architects and Marine Engineers (SNAME) is an internationally recognized organization devoted to advancing the art, science and practice of naval architecture, shipbuilding and maritime engineering. Activities include Saturday tours of maritime facilities, such as Bangor Trident Missile Submarine Base, Washington State Ferries, Holland America facilities, and the steamship Virginia V. Technical meetings feature presentations made by industry professionals.