Student Teams and Organizations
MASA achieves liftoff with record-setting rocketThe 20-foot tall Clementine is the largest liquid bipropellant rocket ever built by college students.
MRacing smokes competition with their first electric race carAt Formula SAE Michigan, MRacing defended their number one U.S. title and placed second overall.
SPARK Electrifies Motorcycle RacingWith their newest electric motorcycle, the student team took second and third place at the American Historic Racing Motorcycle Association Formula Lightning Series competition.
U-M team reaches next phase of Amazon Alexa Prize SimBot ChallengeTeam SEAGULL, led by doctoral student Yichi Zhang and advised by Prof. Joyce Chai, strives to develop embodied AI agents capable of attending to users’ needs, following natural language instructions, collaborating, and continuously improving through interaction.
MRover crowned champions of the University Rover ChallengeFrom autonomously navigating rocky terrain to testing soil for signs of life, the Michigan Mars Rover team bested their competition and took first place at the international competition.
Solar car “Aevum” to test solutions ahead of next World Solar ChallengeAn unusual two years in the making, the car is equipped with sensors to explore how the team can improve its design further before the 2023 race.
U-M Society of Women Engineers honored with top awards at national conferenceECE leaders and members in SWE share their favorite parts of the conference, including taking home three awards for the U-M chapter.
Baja Racing wins 1st Place Overall Award at SAE LouisvilleIn their first competition since the pandemic began, Baja proved they are still among the world’s finest, placing top ten in every event out of over 75 competitors.
New student team constructs robotic submarine, finishes 4th at international competitionMichigan Robosub built their first autonomous submarine and competed virtually against 54 teams from 12 countries, completing several aquatic tasks.
Michigan Electric Racing takes first place at Formula SAE MichiganThe student team overcame a year of pandemic-related challenges and completed a near perfect sweep of the Electric Vehicle Class events.
A resilient campus
How engineers are applying their expertise for future planning.
New “Women in ECE” organization provides professional development and community
WECE is a student-run, diversity-focused organization dedicated to the personal and professional growth of those committed to innovation and excellence in electrical and computer engineering fields.
U-M programming teams compete in regional contest; two advance to divisional competition
Despite a delay due to COVID-19, U-M fielded four teams in the annual programming competition.
Undergraduate student teams create two new video games over the summer
The games were conceived and developed by teams of students working remotely during the summer of Covid.
EECS Juneteenth celebration features song, readings, and a proposal for change
In observance of the holiday that marks the end of chattel slavery, faculty, students, and alumni performed music, shared personal stories, and presented a proposal to the EECS chairs for initiatives to enhance diversity and equity and realize systemic equality in the department.
Leland Pierce honored as outstanding student organization advisor
The College of Engineering recognized Pierce with the Outstanding Student Organization Advisor Award for his support and commitment to the U-M student chapter of the IEEE Geoscience and Remote Sensing Society.
Optics Society wins Elaine Harden Award from College of Engineering
From outreach programs for local kids to events that bring the U-M Engineering community together, the Optics Society exemplifies leadership and service.
Programming team competes in North American Championship
U-M continues its tradition of competing hard in the world of programming, with its team competing at the ACM-ICPC National Finals.
Building CubeSats to test electrodynamic tethering in space with MiTEEMi-TEE (Miniature Tether Electrodynamics Experiment) is a University of Engineering project directed by Prof. Brian Gilchrist that aims to test the tethering technology in space.
Society of Hispanic Professional Engineers makes connections, builds relationships at annual convention
At the largest convention for Hispanic STEM students and professionals, U-M students attended career panels and workshops while networking with a variety of big-name companies.
Michigan team competes in Amazon challenge to make AI more engaging
The team of twelve students is one of ten worldwide working to give Amazon’s Alexa more human-like conversational skills.
Michigan programming team advances to national finals
Student programmers from Michigan are competing in the ACM International Collegiate Programming Contest, the world’s most prestigious student programming competition.
‘Electrum’ solar car from U-Michigan takes on global competition in Australia
Team bets on revamped electrical system in the outback.
Baja Racing breaks records while leaving the competition in the dust
Breaking the all-time record for highest cumulative season score, the team took home the 1st Place Mike Schmidt Memorial Iron Team Award.
Beyond Apollo 11: U-M ECE’s role in advancing space exploration
For the 50th anniversary of the Apollo 11 moon landing, U-M ECE takes a look back – and a look forward – to how our professors, students, and alums have made their mark on the field.
Building community through clean energy
From Long Beach, CA, to a Nepalese national park and world heritage site, undergrads Ashley Gee and Camille Burke came away with unforgettable experiences and a greater appreciation for how engineering can change the world for the better.
Michigan takes first place at Exoskeleton Competition
The STARX suit helps first-responders bear greater weights and spend less energy.
Michigan Mars Rover Team has best ever finish at the annual University Rover Challenge
MRover placed 7th overall at the annual challenge where rovers use AI to navigate tough terrain while collecting soil samples to practice testing for evidence of life in the universe.
Amateur radio continues to connect the world
U-M’s amateur radio club, headquartered in ECE, offers engineering challenges and a chance to network with students, faculty, staff, alumni, and strangers both on the other side of the world and those orbiting it.
Michigan Electric Racing Revs Up
This summer, Michigan Electric Racing will race their first all-electric car in Formula-style competitions they plan to win.
A Spotlight on Optics
The Optics Society at U-M hosted an Industry Spotlight event, which brought academia, industry, and community together to celebrate all things optics and photonics.
Women Engineers lift up next-generation
The Society of Women Engineers took students to the Women Engineers conference, where engineers from diverse backgrounds shared their stories to inspire and encourage young engineers to break barriers and advance the field.
M-Fly’s season ends with top-10 finishes, new autonomous plane
This year the team tackled their first autonomous aircraft.
Mars Rover Team tackles major redesign, places in top 10 at competition
This year’s model, “Phoebe,” received a major design overhaul that gave her a speed boost and new codebase that can be used for years to come.
Exoskeletons compete to boost strength of rescue workers
Five college teams test robotic suits that could enhance humans’ abilities.
Installing an alternative on spring break
Students put up solar power systems and learned the local issues of a Native American reservation while on spring break.
Battling drone ships with Anthony Uytingco
Student leads team that programs the future of boats.
Off-roading in sand and snow with Shivani Shah
Student prototypes new transmission for four-wheel fun.
PhD candidate Michael Benson wins another year leading honor society HKN
Michael Benson reelected as student governor for HKN, the national honor society for electrical and computer engineers.
Meet some ECE Solar Car Team members
Meet 3 members of the solar car team: a battery engineer and two race micro systems engineers
Record-breaking second place for Solar Car Team
The national champions celebrate the most successful world race finish in team history.
UM::Autonomy competes with brand new boat design
The UM::Autonomy team brought their latest autonomous boat, called Flying Sloth, to participate in the Association for Unmanned Vehicle Systems International Foundation Roboboat competition.
Baja Racing team first to three-peat national championship
The U-M Baja Racing team took first place in the U.S. national competition for the third year in a row, making them the first team to ever three-peat.
New student team builds autonomous vehicles
The University of Michigan Intelligent Ground Vehicle (UMIGV) student team has spent much of its first year organizing and fundraising, and is now building a prototype autonomous vehicle.
MHybrid takes on major design overhaul
The Michigan Hybrid Racing (MHybrid) team took their latest creation to the Formula Hybrid Competition at the New Hampshire Motor Speedway in May.
New student exoskeleton team launches prototype
Student team STARX (STrength Augmenting Robotic eXoskeletons) completed its second year, focused on making practical powered exoskeletons that increase the effective strength of the user.
Student hybrid rocket team takes first place at inaugural competition
The Michigan Aeronautical Science Association (MASA) won the first ever Spaceport America Cup, an intercollegiate rocket engineering competition with over 110 teams from colleges and universities in eleven countries.
Engineering students bring education to disadvantaged children in Ecuador
Sam Tenka traveled to Ecuador with the Honors GO team to aid the Street Children Work project.
U-M Optics researchers sponsor Optics and Photonics Industry Snapshot
The Optics and Photonics event showed a thriving industry in SE Michigan
EE sophomore takes on W8UM Amateur Radio Club leadership
Kit Ng becomes president of one of the oldest amateur radio clubs in the US
Liz Dreyer earns an outstanding Collegiate Member Award for years of SWE leadership
Liz Dreyer works with Prof. Steve Rand to understand how a new interaction between light and matter can generate electricity.
Having fun with ECE
The event highlighted the projects and work of several student teams and labs, giving kids and adults alike a chance to see ECE’s ingenuity in action.
EECS students Row Blue! to victory
Four EECS students part of the Michigan Men’s Rowing team that won their 9th consecutive national championship
Michigan Solar Car defends national title in sweeping victory
The University of Michigan Solar Car team has successfully defended their championship – winning the 2016 American Solar Challenge for the sixth consecutive time.
UM::Autonomy makes a strong finish at RobotBoat Competition
Thurman, this year's UM::Autonomy vessel designed by EECS students, took 6th place in the RoboNation RoboBoat Competition.
Baja wins big
The Baja Racing team, which designs and manufactures a new off-road race vehicle every season, won its second consecutive overall 1st place finish and the Mike Schmidt Memorial Award, the season’s highest honor.
MHybrid races on
MHybrid team members took away memorable experiences and have turned a positive eye toward the future – with graduates anticipating new careers.
Student team designs and builds unique new instruments
A team of undergraduates across majors, called Project Music, collaborated to design and build musical instruments. Recently, the team crafted a bass guitar made partially of LEGOS.
ArborHacks formed to increase access to and participation in computer science
The group will hold a once-a-year hackathon for local high school students in addition to other events.
Better gender balance goal of latest MHacks hackathon
MHacks: Refactor, v7 of the nationally-renowned U-M hackathon, drew many more women, underrepresented students and first-timers.
MHacks: Refactor to focus on gender inclusivity and hacker empowerment
This semester the creators are focusing less on numbers and more on the experience.
MHacks 6 Showcased Another Round of Creative Projects
Over 1,300 students were represented at this 36 straight hour event to produce creative and impactful projects.
MHacks Adds New Workshops and Events for 6th Hackathon
This will include seven intro-level workshops and a new event entitled Women@MHacks, which is an 8-hour long event directed towards female engineers.
EECS students make career connections at NSBE conference
55 U-M engineers attended the convention, themed “Reimagining Your Future,” and developed vital connections in their field.
Building better RoboBoats: UM::Autonomy takes third at international competition
For this year’s competition, UM::Autonomy performed a complete hull redesign, motivated by instability in their previous designs.
ECE students earn CoE Distinguished Leadership Awards
Cheng Zhang and Elizabeth Dreyer are both Ph.D. students in electrical engineering, and Lauren Bilbo is an undergraduate senior majoring in electrical engineering.
HKN students crowned Mr. and Ms. Engineer at the the Engineering GamesThe competition raised over $2,000 for the Detroit Area Pre-College Engineering Program.
Cameron Polack and BLUElab India – engineering winners
Cameron is intent on using her major to benefit others as directly as possible.
Isabel Martin receives CoE Distinguished Leadership Award
Isabel envisions a future working in the aerospace industry.
Mai Le receives CoE Distinguished Leadership Award
Mai has served as Community Service Co-chair of the Graduate Society of Women Engineers since arriving at Michigan in 2011.
IEEE recognized as Best Student Branch in SE Michigan
“IEEE opens up many doors for students – professionally and socially.”
EECS students travel down under for the 2013 World Solar Challenge
The entire team pulled together and finished the race in ninth place, with their morale high.
Top robotic helicopter team sets sights on impossible mission
The International Aerial Robotics competition requires teams to build a flying bot that can self-navigate.
“Spark” races in 2013 Formula Hybrid Racing Competition
The Michigan Hybrid Racing team’s Spark took home a 4th place finish.
MAAV student team places first in IARC competition with robotic quadrotor
The MAAV team, which was founded in 2009, was one of only two to successfully maneuver and map the set course with their unmanned aerial vehicle.
Team UM::Autonomy are champions again
The interdisciplinary team went into the competition with a new electrical and vision system, and an advanced control system.
Michigan Hybrid Racing
Listen to Michigan Hybrid Racing team members talk about their work and upcoming competition.
EECS 461 (Embedded Control Systems) and the freescale cup
This was the first year Freescale opened up the competition to U.S. students—teams from U-M, U-M Dearborn, and Penn State competed against teams from Mexico and China.
MRacing Team drives to 2nd overall finish in Formula Student Germany
Taking first place in acceleration and second place in endurance and autocross, this is one of the team’s best international finishes to date.
UM: Autonomy’s Team takes home 1st Prize
The Autonomous Surface Vehicle Competition is a student robotics competition in which teams race ASVs of their own design through an aquatic obstacle course.
Jacob Oberlin’s electronics savvy helps drive MRacing team to a strong finish in Germany
As one of the only non-mechanical engineers on the team, Oberlin was responsible for all of the electrical systems on the vehicle.