For more information about clubs and competitions, visit the College of Engineering's Student Clubs & Competitions page. For diversity organizations, view engineering societies or the College of Engineering's Programs for Inclusive Excellence.
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.
Formula Motorsports (UWFM) designs, builds and races small formula-style race cars. The team manufactures its own parts, including various carbon fiber parts, and puts them to the test. UWFM competes annually in the Society of Automotive Engineers’ International Formula SAE competition. The team has achieved great success with combustion-powered vehicles and is now focusing on electric vehicle technology.
The Human Powered Submarine team designs and manufactures a submarine to compete at the International Submarine Races in Bethesda, Maryland, or the European International Submarine Races in Gosport, England. The team gives students interested in naval architecture and marine engineering a chance to gain hands-on experience beyond the classroom.
The HuskyADAPT team works with the community to co-design innovations to improve the lives of individuals with disabilities and support inclusive play for all. Team members work on design teams, adapt toys for local families and run outreach events for local schools and clinics.
Husky Robotics competes against teams from all over the world in the Rover Challenge Series, including competitions in Asia, Europe and the Americas. The team designs, builds and operates a sophisticated mock Mars Rover, providing members the opportunity to develop well-rounded skills and experiences as part of a large and interdisciplinary science, engineering and business project.
Washington Superbike is a competitive design team dedicated to designing, manufacturing and racing a zero-emission electric motorcycle. The team is committed to empowering the UW community with the hands-on skills necessary to excel in the workplace, while also accelerating the world’s transition to sustainable energy.
Advanced Robotics at the University of Washington (ARUW) is a coalition of students pursuing their passion for robotics and technology. The team competes in the annual international RoboMaster competition in Shenzhen, China. Through designing and building different types of robots, members learn skills applicable to the rest of their engineering careers.
Mechanical Engineering students have achieved great success in the following competitions hosted by the Buerk Center for Entrepreneurship.
In the Alaska Airlines 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.
The Hollomon 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.
The Dempsey Startup 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.
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