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Engineering-Wide Project Teams teams provide students with the opportunity to work on multi-disciplinary, multi-year teams and to develop their teamwork and engineering skills. Many projects participate in national competitions, of which Cornell has taken first place in many!

Big Red Chip

brc-logoThe Big Red Chip Student Design Project, BRC is a student-led group of driven, enthusiastic, and self-motivated undergraduate and M.Eng students at Cornell University that are working on designing, implementing, fabricating, testing, and evaluating a RISC multicore ASIC prototype running SMP Linux and various parallel applications.

Cornell Baja SAE Racing Team

Cornell Baja

The Cornell Baja SAE Racing Team competes to design, build and race an off-road vehicle. The overall goal of the competition is to design a functional, durable, versatile, and cost-effective vehicle that can be mass-produced by a fictitious firm.

Cornell ChemE Car Team

ChemE-CarCornell AIChE ChemE Car is a project team where students gain experience in engineering design and fabrication. Students build a box-sized car powered and stopped by a chemical reactions and compete each spring at the Northeast Regional Conference.

Cornell Racing FSAE

cornell racingThe competition, sponsored by the Society of Automotive Engineers and the Sports Car Club of America, challenges students to design and build a racecar and drive it in a series of events.

Cornell Mars Rover

2013roverCornell Mars Rover aims to design an innovative Mars rover to compete in the University Rover Challenge. The student-run team fosters creativity and intellectual growth throughout the development of competitive design.

Cornell Rocketry Team

Rocketry LogoSmallerCornell Rocketry Team (CRT) is an engineering project team where students test and develop High Power Rockets to compete in the NASA Student Launch and other such competitions. NASA SL is the refurbished version of the NASA USLI competition. It is an annual competition which attracts over 30 undergraduate teams every year.  Founded in 2012, it is a young project team and will be taking part in competitions for the first time in 2013-2014.

Cornell University Unmanned Air Systems, CUAir

cuair_logo_1CUAir works to design, build, and test an autonomous unmanned aircraft system capable of autonomous takeoff and landing, waypoint navigation, and reconnaissance. Research topics include airframe design and manufacture, propulsion systems, wireless communication, image processing, target recognition, and autopilot control systems.

Cornell University Autonomous Underwater Vehicle, CUAUV

CUAUV-LOGOThe Cornell University Autonomous Underwater Vehicle (CUAUV) team designs and builds AUVs for competition and research. Our team and vehicle have received acclaim and support from industry professionals due to our performance and long-standing tradition of excellence. Our primary annual objective is the AUVSI Fountation and ONR's 17th International RoboSub Competition held in San Diego, California. CUAUV has placed in the top ten every year and won the overall competition five times.

CU GEM (Genetically Engineered Machines)

The Cornell University Genetically Engineered Machines (CU GEM) team is an international award-winning biology-inspired project team based in Cornell University. Our group is completely student run and is comprised of undergraduate students drawn from various disciplines and levels of expertise across the university. The team’s mission is to design and develop a novel genetically modified platform, using the principles of synthetic biology, to compete at the world’s premier synthetic biology competition - international Genetically Engineered Machines (iGEM). Our vision is to create synthetic biology tools and processes that will offer breakthrough answers to the many needs of industry and the economy.

CUSat Satellite Project


CUSat is a multi-year effort to design, build, and launch an autonomous in-orbit inspection satellite system. The one satellite system will allow us test the accuracy of the centimeter accuracy carrier-phase differential GPS (CDGPS) to less than 10 cm by comparing the CDGPS navigation solution to the known distance between GPS antennas. The satellite, being equipped with a camera, will also capture imagery, of the Earth, the Moon, and the comet ISON, and send these images to a ground station on Earth. The nano-satellite is also equipped with Pulsed Plasma Thrusters (PPTs). These will be tested last, once the other mission objectives have been verified.

CUSD-SRF (Sustainable Research Facility)

Sustainable Research FacilityThe CUSD: Sustainability Research Facility (SRF) team is developing a new modular building to be constructed on Cornell’s Ithaca campus with the goal of advancing sustainable building education and research at Cornell and beyond. In order to accomplish this vision, the facility will house classrooms and laboratories that promote a culture of sustainability while quantitatively monitoring energy performance. Additionally, the 3,000 square foot building will be reconfigurable in order to perpetuate its lifecycle, thereby fostering the exploration of methods and technologies that enable sustainable building system design and operation.

Engineering World Health at Cornell

ewh13Engineering World Health inspires and mobilizes the biomedical engineering community to improve the quality of health care in resource-poor communities of the developing world. We achieve our mission through innovation and effective alliances with great partners.

Engineers Without Borders

EWB-Cornell-BannerOur mission is to implement community-driven engineering projects while forming strong, long-lasting relationships with developing communities around the world and fostering an ethic of responsible, sustainable engineering. We, as students, have the opportunity to learn about international cultures and traditions, limitations on resources and maintenance, and careful management of funding and materials, all in addition to working on the design and implementation of an engineering project. Understanding different cultures is becoming increasingly important, and working closely with international communities will prepare us to succeed in the global society.

Violet Satellite Project

violet ops1 Violet is Cornell's newest satellite project with a goal of winning the University Nanosat-6 Flight Competition. Violet's mission is primarily as a technology demonstrator. We will demonstrate novel CMG steering laws along with an operationally responsive, high-agility space-imaging system.