It's simple really; we are a group of university students who wanted to participate in a design team. The chemical engineering background shared by much of our team led us to look past conventional engineering competitions. Thus, we decided to participate in the AIChE Chem-E Car competition for the first time in March 2014.

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The idea of having a McGill Chem-E Car Team started in the summer of 2013 when David Villegas brought a group of his fellow McGill chemical engineering students together with the goal of participating in the AIChE Chem-E Car competition. Those involved started researching reactions for power source and stopping mechanism, playing with microcontrollers, and designing the body of the car. As the year progressed, the Chem-E Car design idea was made into a reality thanks to the support of various organisations and sponsors. After overcoming many unexpected problems, and many hours of calibrating the reaction, the McGill Chem-E Car Team made its way to their very first appearance at the AIChE Chem-E Car - North East Regional Competition. The competition was hosted by the University of Connecticut at the end of March 2014. The team placed 6th out of 14, an excellent first showing!

Visions and Goals

Our vision is to build a team structure that will increase involvement of chemical engineering students, as well as students from other departments and faculties in large team-based design projects.
Our goals include:

  • Fostering innovative thinking and teamwork throughout the project design process
  • Developing strong management, organizational, and leadership skills through collaboration among different sub-teams
  • Encouraging student research and experimental design
  • Practicing the highest lab safety standards
  • Developing our own data acquisition device and calibration techniques
  • Designing and building an attractive shoebox-size car
  • This Year

    McGill ChemE car is looking to improve on last year’s soluble lead battery as the power source. A new stopping reaction and mechanism is currently being researched. The body of the car will be built using tools such as laser cutting and 3D printing. An Arduino microcontroller will be used to acquire the data for calibration and to monitor the car’s sensor on the day of the competition.