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AIAA aircraft competition

Students design, fabricate, and compete nationally with other university students in creating an aircraft that is piloted remotely on a specific mission or set of missions

ASCE concrete canoe

ASCE's Concrete Canoe Competition provides students with a practical application of the engineering principles they learn in the classroom, along with important team and project management skills they will need in their careers. The event challenges the students' knowledge, creativity and stamina, while showcasing the versatility and durability of concrete as a building material.

National Concrete Canoe Competition.

Jamie Byce & Amber Dilbert - DeYoung show team spirit during
the race
Adam Honnera & Ian Duncan brave the snow & cold to particiapte in the concrete canoe competition

ASCE steel bridge competition

Students design, fabricate, and compete with other university students in a national competition for a steel bridge to span a river.

AlChE regional conference

Conferences and Events

Formula SAE

Students design, fabricate, and compete with small formula-style race cars [more]

IIE regional conference

The Institute of Industrial Engineers is dedicated solely to the support of the industrial engineering profession and individuals involved with improving quality and productivity. Each year WMU’s Department of Industrial and Manufacturing Engineering sends student delegates to the regional IIE conference to participate in this exciting student centered event and paper contest. For more information about the student chapter of IIE please contact either Dr. Steven Butt or Dr. Tycho Fredericks. Institute of Industrial Engineers.

Parker Hannifin chainless challenge

The purpose of the Chainless Competition is to design and develop a bicycle which will transfer a rider’s manual power to the driving wheel through a hydraulic media without using traditional chain or other direct drive mechanisms. Additionally, the bicycle would be able to conserve energy and utilize it during difficult uphill motion as necessary. Parker Hannifin Chainless Challenge.

Senior design conference

The College of Engineering and Applied Sciences sponsors the conference to showcase the work of its graduating seniors, who are required to complete a capstone project that puts into practice what they have learned.

Sunseeker solar challenge

WMU students design and build a solar powered vehicle that utilizes state of the art technology to make the most efficient use of the available solar energy. The culmination of the project is the biennial, cross-country, international, intercollegiate North American Solar Challenge. It is a 2500 mile test of the efficiency, safety and durability of the student built solar powered vehicle.

WMU has participated in all eight American challenges and is one of only three universities to have completed each event. Sunseeker