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University of Toronto Formula SAE Racing Team
The University of Toronto FSAE Racing Team is a student-run club which designs, builds and races a new Formula style racecar every year. The team is composed entirely of students who participate at an extracurricular level, strengthening their academic skills in engineering design, technology, and business. The students are responsible for not only design, construction, and tuning; but also for finance,sponsorship, media and logistics, and overall creating a true entrepreneurial learning experience. Contact: Page:

University of Toronto Aerospace Team (UTAT)
The University of Toronto Aerospace Team (UTAT) is an interdisciplinary research and design group at the University of Toronto composed of undergraduate and graduate students with a passion for aerospace engineering and educational outreach. Our projects range from intelligent quadrotors, to unmanned aerial vehicles, to suborbital rockets, and to small satellites. We engage the local, regional, national, and - ever increasingly - international community to promote aerospace and the University of Toronto. UTAT has won more than 35 awards in the past five years alone, including recognition from NASA, the UN, six annual domestic and international competitions, U of T, Ryerson University, and elsewhere. UTAT is divided into five divisions to cover these projects: - Aerial Robotics Division (quadcopters) - Unmanned Aerial Vehicles (quadplanes + fixed-wing drones) Division - Rocketry Division (sounding rockets) - Space Systems Division (satellites) - Outreach Division UTAT is committed to providing a venue for all members to challenge themselves and further their development in a competitive and social environment. Contact: Page:

Human Powered Vehicle Design Team
The Human-Powered Vehicle Design Team (HPVDT) is a student organization at the University of Toronto that is focused on the design and construction of innovative, high-performance, human-powered vehicles. Our goal is to provide students with practical, hands-on experience in engineering design while promoting efficiency, sustainability and the use of human power as a means of reducing society's impact on the environment. Contact: Page:

University of Toronto Seismic Design Team
Founded in 2015, the University of Toronto Seismic Design Team (UTSD) is comprised of undergraduate students who are passionate about learning and applying seismic & structural design principles to a hands-on project. Each year, our team designs and constructs a scaled balsa wood model of a high rise structure to compete in the Earthquake Engineering Research Institute’s (EERI) annual undergraduate Seismic Design Competition (SDC). At this four-day competition, structures are subjected to multiple shake-table tests, after which teams are ranked based on their seismic performance & prediction accuracy, architectural design, presentation, poster, design proposal, etc. Our team members are therefore provided with an excellent opportunity to advance their professional development in areas such as becoming proficient in using structural analysis software, programming in an object-oriented language to streamline data processing, refining communication skills, project management, construction scheduling, etc. To learn more about our team and how you can become a part of it, please visit us at or email us at Contact: Page:

University of Toronto Concrete Toboggan Team
Are you interested in racing 300lb toboggans at break-neck speeds down a ski hill? Here’s your chance! We are a student engineering design team intent on creating the world’s best concrete toboggan. We compete annually in the Great Northern Concrete Toboggan Race as representatives of the University of Toronto. The rules are simple: Design and build a toboggan capable of safely carrying five riders down a hill, with running surfaces made of concrete. The competition also includes a technical exhibition where we are judged on our designs and concrete mixes. If you have any questions, send us an email at or visit Contact: Page:

UofT Biomod Team
The goal of the U of T Biomod team is to participate in the Biomolecular Design Competition held annually hosted by Harvard University. During the year, we will be preparing a bio-nanotechnology design project, which will be presented with a video at the “BIOMOD Jamboree.” This project provides undergraduate and graduate students with express their creativity and become involved with scientific research experience and leadership opportunities. Contact:

University of Toronto Project Holodeck (UTOPH)
A club at the University of Toronto that aims to realize the holodeck from Star Trek through virtual reality. Contact: Page:

Spark Design Club
The Spark Design Club is a club that aims to promote creativity and design on campus. We hold workshops to build interactive electro-mechanical displays that demonstrate engineering principles and create a fun and inspiring atmosphere for our peers. Our past displays include a giant switchboard, a human-powered car racing game and a ‘What the F!’ display for F!rosh week. Contact: Page:

Blue Sky Solar Racing
The Blue Sky Solar Team is an undergraduate design team that designs and constructs a fully functional solar car every two years. The team will be competing in the 2017 World Solar Challenge in Australia biannually and 2016 American Solar Challenge in the United States. Contact: Page:

University of Toronto Baja SAE Team
Want to go fast and get big air? The U of T Baja Team designs and builds a viable off-road vehicle to compete in the Baja SAE Collegiate Design Series. The series’ competitions pits over 100 international university teams head to head in a series of events culminating in a wheel to wheel endurance race over dirt track, rocks, logs and jumps. The U of T Baja team offers members the opportunity to develop and apply their design, technical, and organizational skills to build a new car every year and race it in May. Contact: Page:

University of Toronto ChemE Car Team
University of Toronto ChemE Car Club is a design team where undergraduate engineering students work collaboratively on designing and constructing a small autonomous car model operated by chemicals. The team then competes in a Regional Competition, hosted by AIChE (American Institute for Chemical Engineers) and upon qualification; in AIChE’s Chem-E-Car Competition™ at the Annual Student Conference in the US. It is a fantastic opportunity for chemical engineering students as well as engineering students who have interest in chemistry and chemical engineering principles to get invaluable hands-on experience in a chemical engineering lab environment. Contact:

International Genetically Engineered Machine (iGEM)
University of Toronto International Genetically Engineered Machine (iGEM) is a student-driven group which conducts a synthetic biology research project and presents in an international competition of the same name every year. By being a member of our club, you get a chance to design & execute your own project as an undergraduate. You don’t have to have a strong biology background to be involved! Our interdisciplinary projects include laboratory research (wet lab), software (dry lab) and human practices and policies (P&P) components. In this process, you get a chance to collaborate with organizations and universities, participate in international conferences, and network with companies. In our club, you will earn transferrable skills applicable to industry and research such as leadership, project planning, critical thinking, communication, and work with undergraduates from different educational backgrounds. Contact:

U of T Destination Imagination
Destination Imagination (DI) is the world’s largest creativity and problem solving competition. DI is made up of two components: the central challenge and the instant challenge. Each year, six central challenges are issued, combining in varying degrees the following six main themes: technical design, fine arts, structural/architectural design, scientific research, service learning, and improvisation. The central challenges are prepared by teams prior to the competition date. In addition to the major components of the central challenges, teams are able to highlight their unique talents and skills through marked components called Team Choice Elements, which allow the team to create, perform or design anything they desire. The instant challenge component tests the ability of teams to think on their feet and create quick solutions to problems. Unlike the central challenge, that is prepared prior to the competition, the instant challenge is given to the team during a short time frame at the tournament. The intent of U of T DI is to accomplish the following: 1) To allow students to compete in official local and international Destination Imagination tournaments. 2) To provide students with an outlet to develop their creative problem solving skills, primarily through the areas of technical design, structural/architectural design, theatre arts and improvisation. 3) To develop students skills in technical design, structural/architectural design, scientific inquiry, research, fine arts, music, theatre arts and improvisation. 4) To provide students a means to develop their interpersonal skills and teamwork through team challenges and designed activities. 5) To enable students to reach out to the community, to act in leadership positions and to develop their public speaking skills. This will be accomplished primarily through workshops and presentations delivered to high school and elementary level students, as well as mentorship of high school and elementary level students and volunteering at local tournaments. 6) To create global leaders by providing students with an international experience where they can discover an appreciation for various cultures and styles through competition. The DI program allows students to develop their creativity and problem solving skills while honing the techniques and skills learnt in class. Students are able to develop their social skills through the team atmosphere of the competition, while, at the same time, gaining hands- on experience in a full design process. Students are able to gain life and work experience through approaching a problem in an engineering manner, while balancing various other non-technical design criteria. It further allows students to enhance their Skule experience by integrating theatre, improvisation, structural and technical design in an innovative and unique way. Student Skill Development The founding members of the organization have competed at the Provincial level for the past 10 years and have qualified for International competition 8 of those years. Through mentorship, new team members learn construction and design techniques as well as how to use various tools and materials. Students gain experience in a wide variety of fields ranging from improvisational techniques and public speaking to electrical circuitry and structural design. Students are encouraged to develop their skills and increase their knowledge base in order to best address problems they might encounter both through competition and in real life scenarios. Furthermore, the competition has a ‘no interference’ policy, which means team members must develop their solution completely independently, pushing them to solve these problems on their own. Students Develop as Global Citizens and Leaders The elementary and high school mentorship aspect allows team members to hone their public speaking skills, develop their leadership skills and prepares them for future leadership positions. Moreover, the team environment of the competition helps teach students co-operation and teamwork, two traits which are critical to success in any employment. The International aspect of the competition exposes students to various cultures and their correlation with design, creativity, problem solving, teamwork and leadership. The International competition allows students to develop relationships with employers, students and various other likeminded individuals worldwide. Contact: Page:

Bridges to Prosperity - University of Toronto Chapter
Bridges to Prosperity – University of Toronto Chapter envisions a world where a lack of adequate infrastructure does not contribute to global poverty. We aim to accomplish this by bridging the gap of isolation in developing communities around the world through the strategic design and construction of footbridges for communities facing impassable obstacles. As an organization we value human rights, professionalism, equality, education, innovation and excellence. Come out and meet us if: • you are interested in applying your education in a meaningful way to help others; • you want to learn more about how footbridges can help improve access to healthcare, education, business and equality; • you are looking to develop your skills in media and marketing, event and project management, external relations and fundraising or structural design and construction Contact: Page:

University of Toronto Concrete Canoe Team
The University of Toronto Concrete Canoe Team is a multi-disciplinary design team completely managed by students. Over thirty undergraduates in the Faculty of Applied Science and Engineering from all the disciplines, as well as students from the Faculty of Arts and Science, form the active team. As you may expect, we take concrete, a material normally strong in compression and weak in tension – not to mention really dense, and turn it on its head. When we are done with it, we have concrete that is not only good in tension, but less dense than water! Each year, we design, test, and construct our own concrete mix and canoe design, which is raced against other universities annually. The Concrete Canoe team is a great way for students to apply the knowledge they gain in the classroom to a stimulating, interactive competition. New members are always welcome; sign up to our mailing list at for more information. Contact: Page:

University of Toronto Robotics Association
The University of Toronto Robotics Association (UTRA) is an organization composed of U of T alumni, professors and undergraduate students from the Faculties of Applied Science & Engineering and Arts & Science. The Association was formed in the winter of 2002 with the objective to design, build and maintain robots to be used in internationally recognized robotics competitions such as SAE Walking Robot Challenge, BattleBots, Motorama, and the Robot Riots Competition. Students gain valuable experience in activities ranging from the engineering of the robots to financial management and most importantly, real-world application of their education. We will be committed to further promoting the educational impact of UTRA by organizing lectures and seminars pertaining to university research and the robotics industry as a whole. We are also committed to the community through high school outreach by promoting the fields of engineering, robotics, and the University as a whole. Contact: Page:

TETRA Society University of Toronto Chapter
Tetra’s assistive device projects tackle barriers to mobility, personal care and communications. They facilitate education, work and recreation. They provide increased access within households – kitchens, bedrooms and bathrooms – and other environments, such as vehicles or places of business. In short, assistive devices created by Tetra focus on improving quality of life. Contact: Page:

Mechatronics Design Association
The University of Toronto Mechatronics Design Association is a multidisciplinary student design group that has promoted robotics at the University of Toronto since 2005. We build autonomous underwater vehicles to participate at the Robosub competition in San Diego each year. Contact: Page:

University of Toronto Steel Bridge Team
The UofT Steel Bridge Design Team is composed of a group of enthusiastic students from across the Faculty who aim to design and build a steel bridge in order to compete at the CSCE national competition. The process involves computer modelling, detailed design and construction (including welding and bolting). The students have a great opportunity to gain real and practical design experience, as well as the chance to compete with their peers from other universities in the country. Contact:

CECA/NECA U of T Student Chapter
This Canadian Electrical Contractors Association (CECA) student chapter connects engineering students with professionals in the electrical contracting industry and develops real-world engineering skills through participation in international design competitions such as the Green Energy Challenge. Contact:

Global Engineering Design Association
GEDA’s mission is to offer an environment and structure to encourage students to use their design skills to create innovative solutions to real-world problems through participation in meaningful and socially impactful projects and/or competitions. Contact: Page: