UB’s Clean Snowmobile Team was established in 2000, giving them the chance to compete in the first-ever competition. UB won that competition and was the first team to ever put a 4-stroke motor in a snowmobile. Within the next 2 years, every major snowmobile manufacturer had at least one snowmobile with a 4-stroke motor in it. In 2006, UB was the first to put a turbo diesel motor in a snowmobile and has been finishing top 5 since then. Many new members have been recruited and the Clean Snowmobile Team continues to strive towards creating the quietest cleanest snowmobile to date.
The Concrete Canoe team was designed to provide civil engineering students an opportunity to gain hands-on, practical experience and leadership skills by working with concrete mix designs and project management. Every year, the students would design and build a concrete canoe following the design requirements from ASCE National Concrete Canoe Compeition Rules and Regulations.
AISC and the Association of Collegiate Schools of Architecture (ACSA) hold the annual steel design student competition every academic year. Administered by the Association of Collegiate Schools of Architecture (ACSA) and sponsored by the American Institute of Steel Construction (AISC), the program is intended to challenge students, working individually or in teams, to explore a variety of design issues related to the use of steel in design and construction. Steel must be used as the primary structural material and contain at least one space that requires long-span steel structure, with special emphasis placed on innovation in steel design.
UB’s Baja team was established in 1984 as a chapter of the Society of Automotive Engineers Baja Design Series. Since then, they have designed and engineered over 20 competitive vehicles and it has repeatedly been a source of motivation and dedication for students. As one of the first SAE projects to be introduced at the University, it has long since been a reputable organization for students to gain hands on experience in a real world situation. The current Baja team at the University is comprised mostly of mechanical engineers of all ages and skill sets who are determined to build a successful and competitive off road vehicle. The team members develop relationships that not only allow them to be business partners during the project, but also good friends outside the classroom. Over the past few years, improvements based on recent successful vehicle designs have made UB one of the top teams at competition. In June of 2010 the team brought home a 9th place overall trophy from the water competition in Rochester, and 7th place overall from the Wisconsin competition this past year. Their current design has allowed them to implement the knowledge obtained in the classroom in an attempt to construct a lighter, more reliable frame, along with improving the gear ratios, suspension setup, and handling in hopes of a top 3 finish. In addition to designing and building a brand new car for the 2012’2013 academic year, they have recruited several new members, and are working to pass down their knowledge to them.