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Student Design Projects Description

Below is a list of all student clubs involved in design and competition projects, followed by more extensive descriptions of a few of the more prominent ones:

- Robotics for Space eXploration (RSX)
- University of Toronto Space Design Contest (UTSDC)
- University of Toronto Aeronautics Team
- UofT Baja Team
- Multidisciplinary Analytical Kinesthetic Education (MAKE)
- University of Toronto Concrete Canoe Team
- Tetra Society - University of Toronto Chapter
- University of Toronto iGEM
- University of Toronto Robotics Association (UTRA)
- U of T Solar House Design Team
- Spark Design Club
- University of Toronto Concrete Toboggan Team
- University of Toronto Mining Games
- UofT iGEM Club
- University of Toronto Supermileage (UTSM)
- U of T Destination Imagination
- Exoskeleton Design Club

Examples of high profile students design projects include:

FORMULA SAE
This is a collegiate design competition organized by the Society of Automotive Engineers (SAE). The competition involves SAE student members conceiving, designing, fabricating, and competing with small formula-style racing cars.

The restrictions on the car frames and engines are limited, challenging the knowledge, creativity and imagination of the students. The cars are built in a team effort over a period of approximately one year, and are taken to the annual competition for judging and comparison with other vehicles from colleges and universities worldwide.

The team is comprised of approximately 75 students with 30 core team members. The core members are distinguished engineering students that are either completing their final year of study, carrying out graduate work, or are simply undergraduate students with a keen interest in engineering technology and team involvement.

The annual week-long event is staged and hosted by a collaborative effort of Daimler Chrysler, Ford and General Motors. Distinguished professionals from the automotive industry participate in the judging process. At the competition, the designed car is put through a series of intensive race events designed to test performance and reliability.

Static events include an engineering design competition, which focusses on safety, presentation, innovation, cost analysis, as well as aesthetics. This is followed by a series of dynamic solo events.

Acceleration, braking, and handling qualities are also tested in events such as the Autocross, Acceleration Run, and Skid-Pad Test. On the race track, the teams perform in a series of Endurance races, allowing them to accumulate points for their school. There are more than 20 individual awards in key performance and development areas, such as horsepower, car safety, fuel efficiency, and data acquisition. The competitions are judged and awarded by sponsoring companies.

Since the Formula SAE Team is an educational, student-run venture, it is only partially funded by the participating engineering departments and the Faculty of Applied Science and Engineering. Additional financial support is provided by private companies.

SUPERMILEAGE
This design competition involves designing and building a one-person, fuel-efficient vehicle based on a small cycle engine. The vehicle is conceived, designed and fabricated by team members without direct involvement from professional engineers, faculty or professionals in the racing community. The vehicle must have a minimum of three wheels contacting the ground at all times. Vehicle length, width, and height are not regulated. The driver must be fully enclosed within the body of the vehicle to prevent driver contact with the pavement.

This is a SAE event sponsored by the Department of Mechanical and Industrial Engineering, as well as being privately funded.

AERO DESIGN COMPETITION
The Aero Design competition challenges engineering students to conceive, design, fabricate, and test a remote piloted aircraft.

Teams design and build a radio-controlled aircraft that is optimized for loadbearing and satisfies the requirements and restrictions set forth in the rules. An additional challenge is to accurately predict the weight the aircraft is capable of supporting.

The competition is divided into two parts - design and flight. In the design event, the contestants present their design and demonstrate the accuracy of their calculations in predicting the maximum load it can lift. The flight event determines which aircraft can lift the most weight. Two classes compete simultaneously, but are evaluated separately.

Aerodesign is a SAE sponsored event but there are no additional sponsors involved yet.

CONCRETE CANOE
Over a period of ten months, a group of approximately 30 undergraduate engineering students work on a canoe design project and participate in a competition. To qualify for the competition, teams must demonstrate that their canoe can float, both above and submerged in water. The remainder of the scoring is based on a series of races that test the canoes' speed and manoeuvrability. Winners from 20 different regions compete in the American finals. Unique to the Canadian scene, the team uses a multi-disciplinary approach that combines the talents of various departments in engineering.

The various components of the competition test the teams on technical knowledge as well as innovation. The majority of the total score is based on engineering design and construction principles, which is judged through a technical report, a visual display, an oral presentation, and the final product.

The canoe is built entirely of concrete, with several goals in mind. Reinforced concrete design goals include high tensile and flexural strength, good flexibility and workability, and low density. Hull design goals include high manoeuvrabilitymaneuverability, excellent straight-line speed, and stability.

The Concrete Canoe Team is a student-run venture, and has been partially funded in the past by the Faculty of Applied Science and Engineering's participating departments, the Engineering Alumni Association, the Engineering Society, U of T Student Union (UTSU), the Faculty Dean and the University President, and the university community and industry.

GREAT NORTHERN CONCRETE TOBOGGAN RACE (GNCTR)
This is an annual Civil Engineering student design competition hosted each year by a different post-secondary institution. The competitors are required to plan, design and construct a toboggan with a running surface consisting of concrete. Design criteria include weight restrictions, safety requirements and dimension limitations. In addition, each team is judged on their toboggan design, theme, team spirit and ingenuity. Each toboggan of five students is raced twice downhill.

The design competition is partially funded by the Faculty of Applied Science and Engineering and the Engineering Alumni Association. It is also funded by private and corporate sponsorships.

SOLAR CAR RACING
The U of T Blue Sky Solar Racing team represents the finest of U of T's undergraduates, synthesizing the academic fields of engineering, science and R&D, coupled with the application of skills developed in the social sciences and humanities. Student participation in the Blue Sky project provides an intense educational experience that highlights practical skills impossible to learn in the classroom, and an outlet to express pride in the U of T institution.

The task entails constructing a solar vehicle that is optimized to endure highway speeds for long distances, powered solely by the sun. This translates into moving a 960lbs vehicle using about the same amount of energy used to power a hair dryer. To maintain such speeds, the car must be designed using the latest technological advances in solar cells, batteries, computing, and composite electric motors.

Solar car racing, by pushing and integrating these technologies, is a proving ground for efficient, alternative-energy vehicles. The source of the students' motivation and drive is rooted in their concern for the environment and future. A large part of their mission is to promote alternative-energy sources within organizations and society as a whole.

The Blue Sky team is an all-encompassing endeavour. For the community, the focus is on promoting and raising awareness in changing consumer habits. For the students involved, the goal is developing important skills and experiences that will be valuable for the work place, as well as fostering good will and camaraderie.

The Solar Car Racing project is the largest undergraduate project at the University, and the team involved is comprised entirely of students. Building a solar car is an enormous undertaking, with the design process being two years in duration. Over 100 students from across the University are currently involved.

In addition to the design and construction of a solar car, the Blue Sky team is committed to raising awareness throughout the community at large by means of public appearances and the Blue Sky News - a monthly newsletter sent to all those involved in the Blue Sky team (sponsors, U of T faculty and administrators).

ROBOCUP
This is an international robotics competition whose objective is to promote robotics and artificial intelligence via a soccer game. The RoboCup Federation organizes four leagues every year, namely the Small-Sized, Middle Sized, Simulation, and Sony Four Legged Robot Soccer leagues. The Small-Sized robotics league consists of teams from 32 universities. A variety of nations are represented on these teams.

In order to compete successfully, various technologies are incorporated including design principles of autonomous agents, multi-agent collaboration, strategy acquisition, real-time reasoning, robotics, and sensor fusion.

The project is partially funded by the Faculty of Applied Science and Engineering's participating departments, the Faculty, and the Engineering Alumni Association.