Mechanical Engineering students participate in a variety of student competitions each year that allow you to present your hard work and compete with students from other schools. Entries include design projects, academic papers, and research conducted with faculty members. Students have recently won awards at the Annual Regional American Society of Engineering Education Conference, the Eastern Colleges Science Conference, and the Annual American Society of Mechanical Engineers Student Competition. Students also enter their entrepreneurial inventions to the Entrepreneurial Spirit Awards to vie for prize money to fund their own business or product.
With a growing interest among engineering students to work in the automotive industry, the Golden Bear Racing Club was established to design, develop, and produce an off-road vehicle that competed in the national Baja SAE® competition. Mini-Baja racing is a form of off-road “dune buggy” style racing on dirt or sand courses. The four-day competition includes a sales and design presentation, a technical inspection of the vehicle, driving challenges, and a four-hour endurance race.