On September 24, 2018 Volkswagen Communications Manager Amanda Plecas presented Dean Pack of the UTC College of Engineering and Computer Science a check for $15,000 to go to supporting student competitions. During their visit, a tour of the facilities introduced Volkswagen to some of the engineering projects they work on including the chem-e car, rocket, and baja car teams.

The Chemical Engineering Club, presented their chem-e car project, and explained the process in which they fabricate a car that can be powered and stopped by chemical reactions. The car made has to start and stop based on chemical reactions. They create a power reaction, to activate the battery, and a stopping reaction, which sends a signal to the motor to stop. These students participate in the regional American Institute of Chemical Engineers (AIChE) competition.

The UTC Mini Baja Team presented their engineering design project and the type of competitions they compete in. Baja SAE® competitions simulate real-world engineering design projects. Students must design and build an off-road vehicle that will survive the severe punishment of a competition designed by Baja alumni from various universities and professional engineers from the automotive industry. The objective of the competition is to provide students with a challenging project that involves the design, planning, and manufacturing tasks found when introducing a new product to the consumer industrial market.

The UTC rocket team explained how they develop and build models, perform simulations, constructed prototypes, completed test launches and analyzed post flight data for competitions.

VW has given UTC CECS $160,000 since 2009 and first gift to CECS since 2015.

Student Organization represented by the College of Engineering and Computer Science benefiting from this generous gift from Volkswagen:
• 3D Printing and Additive Manufacturing Group
• 3D Printing and Additive Manufacturing Group
• Associated General Contractors (AGC) Student Chapter
• ASHRAE (American Society of Heating, Refrigerating and Air-Conditioning Engineers)
• AIChE (American Institute of Chemical Engineers)
• ASCE (American Society of Civil Engineers)
• CompUTC (Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers – Computer Science)
• IEEE (Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers)
• GiCS (Girls in Computer Science)
• ASME (American Society of Mechanical Engineers)
• NSBE (National Society of Black Engineers)
• SAE (Society of Automotive Engineers)
• SWE (Society of Women Engineers)
• Tau Beta Pi (Engineering Honor Society)

Baja Car Team


Chem-e Car Team

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