Student groups

ECOCar team members
ECOCar team members

Student groups are a great way to add more practical design experience to your degree, use your technical skills to reach out and help people, or just meet people and get your mind off studying.

Student teams

AERO - Aeronautical Engineering Research Organization

UVic AERO is a student organization open to all faculties, made up of people passionate about flight and aircraft. We're always looking for new members, regardless of previous experience, so don't hesitate to contact us if you're interested in getting involved or simply looking for more information.

The primary purpose of the team is to develop strong hands-on design skills in student engineers who are interested in cutting-edge technology. These include mechanical and electrical hardware design, software development, and aircraft systems engineering.

Membership includes students in electrical, mechanical, computer and software engineering, as well as complementary disciplines, such as business and economics. Student members are given the opportunity to use their theoretical knowledge to solve real world challenges.

UVic AERO members also gain experience working as a team in areas of project management, technical writing, project presentation, manufacturing processes and system integration. Membership is voluntary, with no academic credit given. This means that only well-organized students with drive and determination will have the time to devote to the team outside of class.

Over the course of about 9 months, members of AERO design, construct, and test an autonomous aircraft to be used in a national student competition. A lot of work goes into this project; if you want to find out exactly what you can learn as part of AERO visit the AERO website.

AUVic - Autonomous Underwater Vehicles Group

AUVic is a student-run group open to anyone interested in Autonomous Underwater Vehicles (AUV) and underwater technology.

AUVic is an entirely student focused endeavor based on innovation, excellence and professionalism. The combination of leading edge technology and our award winning concepts has made AUVic highly regarded within the industry. Under this initiative, students and faculty work cohesively to gain a unique applied experience with high-tech instrumentation. The collaboration creates interesting ideas and produces next generation concepts.

It is this ideology that has made AUVic the most comprehensive and technologically advanced program of its kind.

Biodev - Biomedical Development Team

The University of Victoria's undergraduate Biomedical Development (BioDev) group is comprised of students from multiple engineering and science disciplines. BioDev provides students with hands-on experience researching, designing and prototyping a commercially applicable medical grade devices. Team members gain professional biomedical industry experience, providing them with a competitive edge when applying for co-op jobs and networking with industry.

Biomedical engineering connects engineering to medicine and biology. It includes areas such as medical devices, tissue engineering, pharmaceutical engineering and prosthetics which opens up many doors for design opportunities.

By being part of this group, team members, as volunteers, illustrate their commitment to the  biomedical engineering field. If you would like to be part of the team or have any questions please contact us.

UVSD - UVic Satelite Design Team

UVSD, competing in the Canadian Satellite Design Competition put on by Geocentrix. We will be measuring coastal and inland water turbidity using a sensitive camera capable of a 50m spatial resolution. This is the first satellite to undertake such a mission. Water turbidity is useful to geographers and climatologists as it indicates soil erosion and rainfall patterns.

We are always looking for new members and sponsors. Please feel free to contact us with any questions about the project or getting involved in this unique competition.

Formula Hybrid/EcoCAR Team

The UVic Formula Hybrid team evolved from the UVic EcoCAR (1&2) teams, and continuously engaged in green vehicle technology training, research, and competition. 

The Formula Hybrid Competition is an interdisciplinary design and engineering challenge for undergraduate and graduate university students. The team collaboratively design and build a formula-style electric or plug-in hybrid race car and compete in a series of events. This educational competition emphasizes drivetrain innovation and fuel efficiency in a high-performance application.  Engineering a hybrid vehicle provides an unparalleled interdisciplinary hands-on experience that requires students to innovate across mechanical, electrical, and computer engineering disciplines. Hybrid drivetrains present great challenges. The best solutions often result when engineers work together across boundaries. Engineering companies and several of the world’s major automotive manufacturers support Formula Hybrid due to the high quality of engineers who have learned to work outside of their chosen disciplines.  The competition is part of the Society of Automotive Engineers (SAE) Collegiate Design Series and is regarded as the most complex and dynamic of the series.  Founded and run by the Thayer School of Engineering at Dartmouth since 2006, Formula Hybrid takes place each spring at the New Hampshire Motor Speedway in Loudon, NH, USA.  The competition has attracted 68 university teams from North America and beyond.

The EcoCAR program is a collegiate advanced vehicle technology engineering competition established by the US Department of Energy (DOE) and General Motors (GM), and is being managed by Argonne National Laboratory. The competition challenges 15 universities across North America to reduce the environmental impact of vehicles by minimizing the vehicle’s fuel consumption and reducing its emissions while retaining the vehicle’s performance, safety and consumer appeal. Students use a real-world engineering process to design and integrate their advanced technology solutions into a GM-donated vehicle.

These competitions focused on design, modeling, simulation and optimization of the hybrid electric propulsion system, and the design and production of the complete vehicle, including selection of engine and transmission, electric drive, battery energy storage system, controls and communication, vehicle body, frame, chassis, and suspension.  In recent years, the teams have won close to 40 major competition awards in powertrain modeling, mechanical and electric design, controls, infotainment system, project management, and overall performance.  A couple of technical elective and project courses have been introduced to support these co-curriculum activities and experiential learning. Many undergraduate students have furthered their training through co-op work-terms and graduate students have lunched their careers at leading automotive and EV manufacturers, including General Motors, Tesla Motors, Ford Motors, AVL Powertrain, Thomson Power, etc. 

You can get more information from the webpage of our team:

FormulaSAE (Society of Automotive Engineers) Design and Competition Team

The UVic Formula SAE team is a group of UVic engineering, business and computer science students that come together to design, fabricate and build an open wheel race car for the Society of Automotive Engineers (SAE) Formula SAE colligate design competition every year.

With competitions all over the world and with almost every major university manning a team, Formula SAE is one of the world's largest engineering collegiate competitions. It is supported by Ford, General Motors, Daimler-Chrysler and other large corporations.

UVic Rocketry

The UVic Rocketry (UVR) Team is a group of driven students who wish to develop their skills and knowledge in the area of rocketry. This includes Propulsion, Aerodynamics, Structures, GNC (Guidance, Navigation, and Control), Recovery Systems, testing, and launch operations.

The team is competing in the 2016 Intercollegiate Rocket Engineering Competition (IREC) hosted by the Experimental Sounding Rocket Association. The objective is to get a 10 pound (4.54 kg) payload as close to 10,000 feet (3,048 m) altitude.

Student societies

ESS - Engineering Students' Society

The ESS Executive are a group of people that help to improve the quality of UVic Engineering life outside of classes.

The positions are completely voluntary, and each Exec spends approximately 5-10 hours per week involved in organizing, developing, and communicating ESS events and services.

The length that an Exec may hold a position may not exceed 16 months (2 school terms and 2 co-op terms)

Women in Engineering and Computer Science

The Goal of "Women in Engineering and Computer Science" is to encourage and support gender diversity in Engineering, Computer Science, and other technical fields.