Student Project Groups 2017-09-05T05:29:22+00:00

Student Project Groups

For technical experience, there are many great Engineering projects on campus, working on a full gamut of complex machines, from satellites to airplanes to automobiles to submersibles. Student projects are a great way to start applying the skills and principles you’ve learned to something tangible. Several projects with heavy engineering components are profiled below.

The University of Alberta’s Aero Heavy Lift Group (Aero HLG) is a group of undergraduate and graduate students that annually design a remote controlled aircraft for the international Aero SAE competition. Aero HLG completes a full design cycle every year and then contends with universities from around the world. From conceptual design to 3D modelling to fabrication, Aero HLG does it all. The aircraft designed by Aero HLG competes in the Society of Automotive Engineers (SAE) International Aero Design competition sponsored by companies such as Lockheed Martin, SolidWorks, and Boeing. Last year Aero HLG competed in the 2016 SAE Aero Design West Competition in Van Nuys, California. This year Aero HLG has a new goal of sending two aircraft to completion, a regular class and micro class plane. There is plenty of work to be done from improving the aerodynamic and mechanical design of the plane, to advancing the instrumentation and electronics, anyone can help and everyone is welcome. So if you are interested in aerodynamics, the structural airframe, or flight controls of an aircraft, this club is for you. There are many other ways to get involved with Aero HLG. We have sponsorship and outreach sections, need for the creation of graphics and promotional items, and much much more. Lastly, check out our micro competition! It is open to everyone and is a great way to get to know some people around the club and get some hands on experience. For more information, check out our website at aero.ualbertasvp.ca or contact us at aero@ualberta.ca!

OFFICE: Student Vehicle Project Room in ETLC (End of Student Club Hallway)

EMAIL: aero@ualberta.ca

WEBSITE: http://aero.ualbertasvp.ca/

AlbertaSat is a multidisciplinary student initiative at the University of Alberta that aims to expand student involvement into space technology and science. AlbertaSat’s primary objective is to design, build, launch, and operate cube satellites. The team’s first experimental satellite, Ex-Alta 1, is scheduled for launch in December 2016! Currently preparations are under way for the design and development of Ex-Alta 2. The AlbertaSat team spans all levels of experience, from undergraduate to postgraduate, and nearly all faculties. By joining AlbertaSat, you will gain hands-on design and building experience with space systems as well as develop the soft skills necessary for working in the space sector, one of the fastest growing industries in Canada and the world. Alongside these experiences, you will also gain access to a stellar team of advisors comprised of professors, researchers and space industry professionals. We are looking for committed individuals with strong initiative and who foresee developing a career in space system design, communications, power, software, educational outreach, and more. If you have experiences in one or more of these areas, or you are keen to learn about space and space based system design, manufacturing, and operation, please send us an email (albertasat@gmail.com). You can also find more info at our website, www.albertasat.ca, or check out our social media pages! You can find us on Twitter and Facebook, as well as Instagram and Pinterest. Check us out to see all the cool things and projects currently going on!

EMAIL: albertasat@gmail.com

WEBSITE: www.albertasat.ca

Intrigued by how drones, artificial intelligence, or robotics work? Then this is the club for you! Autonomous Robotic Vehicle Project (ARVP) is an engineering student vehicle group that designs, develops and promotes robotic technology. Every year ARVP design, build and test a robot that we bring down to San Diego and compete in the international competition called RoboSub. We are an interdisciplinary group that has four major groups: mechanical, electrical, computer and business group. The mechanical group is tasked with designing a revolutionary physical platform that will encase all the electronics of the robot. Mechanical team members learn how to model parts and assemblies of the robot, interact with machine shops to manufacture the parts, and lastly assemble the robot. The electrical team is in charge of developing the electronics utilized by the robot. This development includes the design and planning of all the electronics,assembly and soldering of the printer circuit boards, lab and pool tests of the parts. The computer team is in charge of developing the brains of the robot. This development includes mission planning, visual sensing and transducer analyses. The business team is in charge of outreach work, budgetary work for the club and interactions with potential sponsors. This is a great way to get hands on engineering experience and to have industry relatable work on your CV. No experience is required to join the club. Feel free to stop by our club at the end of the clubs’ hallway next to Tim Hortons in ETLC.

OFFICE: Vehicle Project Clubs Room (2nd Floor ETLC)

EMAIL: contact@arvp.org

WEBSITE: arvp.org

FACEBOOK: UofAARVP

TWITTER: @ARVP _Robotics

The EcoCar team is a student vehicle project in which members can design, build, and race a zero-emission vehicle. Our current project is an all-electric vehicle powered by a hydrogen fuel cell. The team’s overall goal is to educate ourselves and the community about alternative transportation and environmentally responsible design choices. We pride ourselves on being an interdisciplinary team, but most of our recruits hail from Mechanical or Electrical Engineering. Joining the UofA EcoCar team will allow you to improve both your technical skills, such as solid modeling, circuit design, and embedded system coding, and your soft skills, like corporate relations and logistics. No matter where you go, this experience will help you become a better engineer. If you are passionate about alternative transportation, or if you would like more information about the team and how to join, please email us or visit our website.

OFFICE: ETLC E2-040A

EMAIL: ecocar@ualberta.ca

WEBSITE: ualberta-ecocar.ca

One of 34 Engineers Without Borders (EWB) chapters across Canada, we are part of a student-driven charitable organization dedicated to promoting human development. EWB is open to all students, and in no way requires an engineering background! In Canada, we seek to build a more pro-development country by engaging and educating Canadians about sustainable development through exciting public outreach events, school outreach presentations, and regular member education sessions. Our overseas volunteers are involved in capacity building partnership projects with local NGOs in Ghana, Malawi, Uganda, and Zambia. We have a meeting every Wednesday at 5:15pm in Colt Design Lab (2nd floor of ETLC), alternating between logistics meetings and dynamic member learning sessions.

OFFICE ETLC E2-040K

EMAIL ualberta@ewb.ca

WEBSITE ualberta-ewb.weebly.com

The University of Alberta Formula SAE is a student vehicle project that designs, builds, and races a custom built Formula-style race car. The goal of the Formula SAE project is to allow students to apply their in class experience to a real world problem and develop practical solutions. Formula SAE allows for students to build on their classroom knowledge and to experience the fundamentals of design, fabrication, and the business of engineering. This year, our team is looking for students who are interested and willing to take part in a rewarding hands-on experience. In order to create a well-rounded team, we are looking for a diverse group of students from all disciplines and faculties to take part in this year’s build. Our goal for this year is to correct the flaws from last year’s design by improving the reliability and streamlining the fabrication of the car. Make sure to look for our team and 2016 Formula SAE car at events such as WOW, Engineering Carnival, Engineering Expo, Orientation Day, and Edmonton Motorshow. If you would like to stay in the loop on the happenings of this year’s Formula SAE build then make sure to follow our Facebook and Twitter pages, as well sign up for our monthly newsletters at www.ualbertafsae.com. We hope to see you all during this year’s work sessions and that you join us on a thrilling hands-onexperience like no other!

OFFICE: ETLC E2-040A

EMAIL: formula@ualberta.ca

WEBSITE: ualbertafsae.com

The Great Northern Concrete Toboggan Race (GNCTR) is a student vehicle project based out of the Civil Engineering department, but is open to all students. It involves designing and constructing a 300-pound, 5- passenger toboggan with a concrete running surface. The major technical requirements of the sled include a steering system, braking system, and a functional roll cage as toboggans can reach speeds of 70 km/h! In addition, each team chooses a theme complete with costumes and cheers. The GNCTR Competition is held held in a different Canadian city annually. The 2017 Competition will be held in Winnipeg, Manitoba from February 8th -12th . U of A GNCTR is always looking for new team members and places a strong emphasis on team spirit. Joining the club is a great way to meet fellow students and to learn about engineering concepts from a hands-on perspective. Adding involvement with a University club like GNCTR to a resume is also looked on favourably by employers and makes for an interesting topic to discuss during­­ interviews. Events such as concrete pours are held regularly during the fall semester as well as builds for the toboggan’s super structure, technical display and costumes. Various social events are also scheduled for both fall and winter semesters. For more information about GNCTR and the U of A GNCTR Team, see the links below or contact the 2016 Team Captain Greg Nieberding atgreg.nieberding@ualberta.ca.

WEBSITE: http://ualberta.wix.com/gnctr

FACEBOOK: University of Alberta GNCTR (/UofAGNCTR)

MAILING LIST: http://www.mailman.srv.ualberta.ca/mailman/listinfo/gnctr

The University of Alberta Aerial Robotics Group (UAARG) is a multidisciplinary student vehicle project group based out of the Electrical and Computer Engineering Department. The main goals of the group are to build a low cost autonomous aerial system with imaging capabilities and to teach members about concepts related to electrical engineering, RF systems, R/C aircraft, and automated unmanned aerial system (AUAS) in a practical way. Each year, UAARG enters one or more competitions in Canada and the US with scenarios that range from agricultural crop analysis to doing remote reconnaissance for disaster events. Students work throughout the year to design, build, and test various components of the aircraft and the system as a whole; this involves mechanical, electrical, and computer systems engineering. UAARG is always looking for new members to become part of the team and anyone is welcome to join at any point in the year, no experience required. Time commitments are generally self-driven, and while experience and existing skills are a plus, all that is necessary is an interest in the project. Anyone interested in aircraft, UAV’s, robotics, imaging, artificial intelligence, software, wireless communications, or project management, among other things, would have a great time with UAARG. If you are interested in learning more, joining the team, or just coming out to see what it is all about, please visit http://www.uaarg.com/ or email joinuaarg@gmail.com.

OFFICE: ETLC E4-010

EMAIL: joinuaarg@gmail.com

WEBSITE: http://www.uaarg.com/

The IEEE Student Branch differs from other clubs in that we are directly associated with a professional organization – IEEE is the world’s largest professional organization for the advancement of technology. Our goal as a student branch is to foster the development of student professionalism and assist you in transitioning from a student to an industry professional. The IEEE and our student branch’s goals are accomplished through the commitment of a team of dedicated volunteers who facilitate a wide variety of events throughout the school year:

  • Annual Networking Super Session (NSS)- a semi-formal, multi-disciplinary networking session designed to link students with engineering management, executives and professional engineers in industry.
  • ECE Tech Elective night – Professors from various ECE specializations present a brief outline of the program electives they teach to assist you in choosing your electives.
  • Women in Engineering (WIE) Night – a social event with valuable information regarding the advancement of careers for all students.
  • Microprocessor Group (MPG) – a pilot series of tutorials designed to give students practical engineering experience in embedded systems.
  • Tech Talks/Tutorials – hosting a multitude of technical presentations and hands-on learning opportunities based on student demand and ideas (submit yours to us today!)

If you would like to know more about us, and all the great perks of volunteering, stop by our office or send an email and don’t forget to attend our AGM in September! Getting involved with the IEEE Student Branch will expose you to a range of invaluable opportunities that you won’t find anywhere else.

OFFICE ETLC E2-040N

EMAIL ieeesb@ualberta.ca

WEBSITE uofaieee.wordpress.com

A green photon walked into a bar. The bartender said “you look fluorescent!” The photon turned red, and left. If you understood that joke, then SPIE might be the club for you! And if you didn’t get it, SPIE still might be the club for you! SPIE is an international society advancing an interdisciplinary approach to the science, theory, and real-life applications of light. To promote interest in photonics amongst future engineers, and support those already interested in the field, SPIE encourages engineering students to create and showcase projects of their own making that involve optical applications. Through the SPIE student chapter, you’ll be able to design, collaborate, and create projects of your own design, and through this learn more about the applications and technical aspects of photonics. Funding will be provided by SPIE, so the only limit is your imagination*! As well, the SPIE student chapter does several other activities related to light, and has invited special guests to the University, notably Arthur B. Chmielowski, the NASA project manager of the Rosetta Mission. Previous and Current Projects include: Laser Harp, LED chessboard, laser maze, LED water-pong table, and plasma speaker.

Here are some benefits that will dazzle you into joining the University of Alberta SPIE Student Chapter:

– Meet new people and get involved with a student group.

– Opportunity to work on exciting engineering projects with a strong focus on

optics and optoelectronics.

– Get club funding for self-initiated team projects.

– SPIE Club Room Access

– Involvement in group activities, events, projects, lab tours, and guest lectures.

– Opportunities to attend international SPIE conferences in San Francisco and San

Diego, California

-Various SPIE International Member Benefits such as scholarships, grants, and

access to digital libraries.

Drop by the club room if you’re interested in joining, have any questions, or just need someone to tag along with you to RATT!

OFFICE: ETLC E2-040L

EMAIL: spie@ualberta.ca

WEBSITE: www.ualberta.ca/-spie

UA-WiSE (University of Alberta Women in Science and Engineering) is a University of Alberta student group that supports women and men in underrepresented fields including science, technology, engineering and mathematics. They meet twice a month during the school year, planning events that focus on topics such as mentorship, networking, and the challenges of working in a non-traditional field. This year, they are introducing a High School Outreach Program which aims to help Grades 9-12 learn more about STEM in university and inspire them to pursue higher education by connecting with undergraduate students. An all-year Mentorship Program is another initiative that they have which aspires to connect working professionals in the industry, graduate students, and undergraduate students to bridge the gap between school and work. Their most popular event is a two years in a row sold out gala, Black Tie Affair held in January. To learn more about UA-WiSE about how you can get involved visit them at www.uawise.com or like them on Facebook for the most up to date information!

EMAIL: uawise@ualberta.ca

WEBSITE: www.uawise.com

FACEBOOK: UA-WiSE

Bridges to Prosperity (B2P) envisions a world where poverty caused by rural isolation no longer exists. A simple footbridge can increase access to healthcare, education and economic opportunities for an isolated community. Our student group partners with B2P in the strategic design and construction of footbridges to increase the quality of life in communities around the globe.

EMAIL: uab2p@ualberta.ca

FACEBOOK: U of A Bridges to Prosperity Chapter