Links to student design projects

UCI’s 2016 Mini-Baja Vehicle


This video shows the initial testing of UCI’s entry for the 2016 SAE Mini-Baja competition.

You can follow the UCI race team at the web links:

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2016 UCI Energy Invitational

2016 Energy Invitational

2016 Energy Invitational

The 2016 UCI Energy Invitational will be May 21, 2016 on UCI’s Campus. The course will be along East Peltason Drive between Los Trancos and Bison.

The video below shows the 2015 Energy Invitational on UCI’s Campus:

An Interesting Planar Robot at Laval


Students of Prof. Clement Gosselin at the Laval University Robotics Laboratory demonstrate a four-degree of freedom planar robot. I particularly like the demonstration of its use as a gripper that does a cartwheel just for fun.

Origami Art BYU

Origami Art at BYU

Origami Art BYU

Origami Art BYU

Mechanical engineering students in Prof. Larry Howell’s Compliant Mechanisms Research Group designed and constructed this kinetic structure for the BYU Museum of Art. It illustrates paper folding known as origami.

Mark Plecnik, PhD and Kaustubh Sonawale, PhD

Kaustubh and Mark

Kaustubh and Mark

Mark Plecnik and Kaustubh Sonawale both successfully presented their dissertation defense this week. Their kinematics research has resulted new computational procedures that have made possible many new designs.

See Mark’s web page and Kaustubh’s web page for examples of interesting devices that are the result of their research.

RaceLab.tv wants to follow FSAE Teams

RaceLabTV

RaceLabTV

Ian Campbell and Jerry Magana are a director/producer team from the Los Angeles area (also see Media1044.com), who are hoping to highlight the collegiate engineering design challenges involved in Racecar Engineering, specifically the Collegiate Formula SAE events. This project is called RaceLab.tv.

Having worked with student race teams for almost 15 years, I know there is drama, thrills, disappointment, and amazing engineering team effort under high pressure, but I have no idea how this might translate to a video series.

MIT has regularly generated videos following various teams in the 2.007 design course. There are similar videos for the CalTech ME72 design competition. However, in both cases there is much less on the line.

FSAE race teams can involve large numbers of young engineering students committed to several years of effort. It deserves better exposure, but seems a difficult subject.

The Race Teams at the 2015 Energy Invitational

2015 EIVI Race Teams

2015 EIVI Race Teams


2015 EIVI Race Cars

2015 EIVI Race Cars


The Race Teams at the 2015 Energy Invitational, May 24, 2015 on UCI’s Campus.

2015 Energy Invitational Layouts

Here are the organization layouts for the 2015 Energy Invitational.

  • Layout 1 shows how to access the spectator area,
  • Layout 2 shows the pit assignments,
  • Layout 3 shows the organization of the pit area,
  • Layout 4 shows the course.

2015 Energy Invitational: Heat Schedule

2015  EIVI Heat Schedule

2015 EIVI Heat Schedule

This is the list of participants and the heat schedule for our 2015 Energy Invitational on UCI’s Campus. Please come by and see what these student race teams can do.

Patches for the Energy Invitational and Rescue Robotics Challenge

This is the participant patch for the 2015 Energy Invitational on May 24, 2015 on UCI’s Campus.

Energy Invitational

Energy Invitational

This is the participant patch for the 2015 Rescue Robotics Challenge on May 31, 2015

Rescue Robotics

Rescue Robotics