College of Engineering Student Engagement

Project-based learning and peer engagement are enabled through a large variety of student organizations and competition groups in the College of Engineering. While students are strongly encouraged to participate in some of the many diverse organizations offered on the Daytona Beach Campus, including organizations dedicated to service, socialization, and artistic endeavors, the College of Engineering faculty and the Dean of the College provide both mentorship and financial support to the following organizations:


Competition Teams

Undergraduate students in the aeronautics track of the Aerospace Engineering bachelor’s degree program participate in this competition as part of the two-semester spacecraft design class. During the 2012-2013 academic year, ERAU students under the leadership of Dr. Perrell took first place at the competition in San Diego, CA, for their two-stage reusable launch vehicle design.

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Students around the nation research, analyze, design, and construct a canoe made out of concrete for the American Society of Civil Engineers (ASCE) Concrete Canoe competition. The ERAU student chapter of the ASCE participates in this competition annually, with funding and support from the Department of Civil Engineering. The 2014 “Miracle” canoe was 16 feet long and 300 pounds, and it took 780 hours to complete.

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An interdisciplinary group of students with funding and technical support from the Robotics Association at Embry-Riddle (RAER) participates annually in the Intelligent Ground Vehicle Competition (IGVC) sponsored by the Association for Unmanned Vehicle Systems International (AUVSI). Recent Embry-Riddle entries included Alvin, which won fourth in design and fifth in the auto-nav competition, and Molle, a 30-pound vehicle that won first in the design competition.

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A covert operative must infiltrate a secure compound using an autonomous aerial drone, which must locate a flash drive, retrieve it, and replace it with a decoy, all while remaining undetected, in the International Aerial Robotics Competition (IARC). An interdisciplinary team of students supported by the Robotics Association at Embry-Riddle (RAER) competes annually. Recent entries have involved a quadrotor with an intelligent sub-vehicle.

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The Maritime RobotX Challenge is co-sponsored by the Office of Naval Research (ONR) and the Association for Unmanned Vehicle Systems International (AUVSI) Foundation and entails the development and demonstration of an autonomous surface vehicle (ASV). ERAU was one of three U.S. schools selected to compete in the inaugural 2014 competition in Singapore, finishing 4th out of 15 international teams. The team is currently preparing for the next competition which takes place December 11-18, 2016 in Oahu, Hawaii.

The ERAU platform, named Minion, is a 16-foot fully-autonomous Wave Adaptive Modular Vessel platform and is registered as an autonomous boat in the state of Florida. Minion's development focuses on autonomous tasks of buoy channel navigation, debris avoidance, docking, target identification, sonar localization and deployment of underwater and aerial unmanned systems. The Minion architecture utilizes software nodes running in parallel across a set of networked computers for distributed processing. These notes include state estimation, object classification, mapping and trajectory planning. Minion's propulsion system employs a set rim-driven, hubless motors attached to articulated motor pods. This design reduces the risk of entanglement, and provides consistent thrust by maintaining motor depth in rough seas.

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The Autonomous Surface Vehicle Competition (ASVC) is a student competition based around unmanned boats operating under rules of the waterway, including littoral area navigation, channel following, and autonomous docking.

The Blackfinn underwater vehicle performs complex autonomous missions in a competition for college and high school students. The Robotics Association at Embry-Riddle (RAER) participates in this competition annually, in addition to providing support and mentoring for teams of middle- or high-school students participating in the event.

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Students are engaged in systems engineering for a total solution to a challenging mission, requiring the design, fabrication and demonstration of a system capable of completing a specific autonomous aerial operation in this competition. The Robotics Association at Embry-Riddle (RAER) annually sends at least one team to this challenging competition, often claiming top honors.

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Sixteen North American universities are challenged to redesign a Chevrolet Camaro into a hybrid-electric car that will reduce environmental impact, while maintaining the muscle and performance expected from this iconic American car. This will be the third time Embry-Riddle has been invited to participate in North America’s premier collegiate automotive engineering competition.

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A 24-hour programming competition -- sponsored by the student branch of the Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers (IEEE) and the Department of Electrical, Computer, Software, and Systems Engineering -- challenges teams of three students to quickly, correctly, and optimally solve programming challenges designed by industry leaders and academic experts around the world.

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A team of students builds a ground robot to solve a specific challenge (based around playing a game or a real-world scenario) in a competition against other undergraduate-only teams at the annual Southeastern Regional Conference of the Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers (IEEE). In recent years, this competition has been part of the capstone design experience for undergraduates in the Department of Electrical, Computer, Software, and Systems Engineering.

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Undergraduate aerospace engineering students in the propulsion track took first place in this competition in 2013, when the challenge was to design an improved engine for the Northrop Grumman RQ4 Global Hawk unmanned air vehicle that would provide a ceiling increase to 70,000 feet at Mach 0.6 while lowering overall weight and fuel consumption.

Students design and build a remote-controlled or autonomous excavator that can collect and deposit a minimum of 10 kilograms of lunar simulant within 15 minutes. The complexities of the challenge include the abrasive characteristics of the lunar simulant, the weight and size limitations of the lunabot, and the ability to control the lunabot from a remote-control center. This competition is sponsored by the Robotics Association at Embry-Riddle (RAER).

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Graduate and undergraduate students build a single-seat hybrid electric vehicle to compete in autocross, endurance events, an acceleration test, and judging of car design and marketing presentations on a fixed amount of fuel. In 2014, the team collected third place overall, as well as second place for innovation and several other awards.

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An all-female collegiate team that designs, builds, and drives a four-wheel, single-seat, off-road vehicle. The team has a dedicated workspace in the High-Performance Vehicles Laboratory and trains all participants in the end-to-end engineering process, including design, model, build, and test (actually driving the vehicle.)

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Honor Societies

Eta Kappa Nu, the newest honor society at Embry-Riddle, is the student honor society of the Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers (IEEE) and is dedicated to encouraging and recognizing excellence in IEEE-designated fields of interest.

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The honor society for aerospace engineering, Sigma Gamma Tau identifies and recognizes achievement and excellence in the field of aerospace.

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Tau Beta Pi, the national all-engineering honor society, recognizes juniors and seniors enrolled in engineering programs for their academic achievement and provides them the opportunity to grow in an engineering environment.

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Upsilon Pi Epsilon recognizes academic excellence in computing and information disciplines.

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Professional Societies

The active student chapter of the AIAA at Embry-Riddle engages in team-based technical projects, professional development activities, industry networking, and other activities through the umbrella of the national organization and its local chapters.

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Students apply their classroom experiences to develop hands-on solutions to real-life scenarios posed by the ASCE. Interaction with local professionals and industry contacts help students build a network to assist in their transition to careers as professional engineers.

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Industry tours, guest speakers, projects, scholarships, and leadership seminars are offered through the student chapter of the ASME.

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The mission of the BMES Student Chapter at ERAU is to build and support the biomedical engineering community in Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University and local community with activities designed to communicate recent advances, discoveries, and inventions; promote education and professional development; and integrate the perspectives of the academic, medical, governmental, and business sectors. The society will involve the research & development of biomedical and bioengineering technologies. BMES ERAU shall introduce students to the profession of biomedical engineering, as it relates to other engineering disciplines and to the professional role of BMES ERAU. It will prepare students to enter into the profession of biomedical engineering, expand student knowledge of specific tools and techniques used in biomedical engineering and related fields, develop leadership abilities and professional qualities among student members, and provide an environment for social interaction and exchange of ideas between all levels of undergraduate students, graduate students, and faculty.

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Students in the student chapter of the IEEE participate in the IEEE Hardware competition and eXtreme Programming competition, in addition to developing articulating artificial limbs and novel antenna designs.

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More than 40 active members of the ERAU NSBE chapter attended the annual National Convention in Nashville, TN, during the 2013-2014 academic year. Over the course of this year, they raised money to support St. Jude, hosted a glider competition on-campus for Engineers Week, and took second place at the Boeing Glider Competition.

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The Embry-Riddle chapter of SHPE is relatively new on campus and fills the parent organization’s mission of changing lives by empowering the Hispanic community to realize its fullest potential and to impact the world through STEM awareness, access, support, and development.

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This student-led organization is dedicated to the equal opportunity of women in the engineering workplace and promoting the study of engineering. They focus largely on outreach to girls in the local community and additionally provide resources to the Women’s SAE Baja team.

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Technical Interest Organizations

The 3D Printing Club introduces students to different types of additive manufacturing technologies, utilizing a desktop 3D printer to complete student-led projects. The organization also helps members improve computer aided design (CAD) skills.

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The AI club at ERAU helps students from a variety of backgrounds develop a practical understanding of computational intelligence and work together to apply programming techniques to games, robotics, and other AI-related projects.

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Education in the design and development of renewable technology is carried out by the Clean Energy Club. A primary part of their mission is to provide clean-water sources for underdeveloped parts of the world, most notably the long-running Project Haiti.

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ERFSEDS focuses on design, construction, testing and flight of full-vehicle integration. The club competes in the Intercollegiate Rocket Engineering Competition (IREC) annually, with several top placements in the competition. Here, students learn how high-power rockets are made and are prepared for real-world engineering design challenges through the use of Design Reviews. The organization prides itself on research of solid rocket motors, 3D-printed fuel grains, and high-performance rockets. Students currently are working on modeling and simulating a World-Record-Breaking rocket which should reach close to 90,000 feet, as well as preparing a UAV-deploying rocket for the next IREC competition, mixing solid propellant rocket motors, and researching new manufacturing methods for composite materials.

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Scientific payloads that fly on rockets (launched by ERFSEDS) are developed in the Engineering Design Club, which focuses on developing better engineering practices for members through the development of real projects.

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Workshops, student-led projects, and competitive application development are hosted by the ERAU Mobile Application Development Club, which is dedicated to the creation of mobile applications.

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The ExO student organization exists to provide an organized structure for students to meet fellow peers interested in exoskeleton design and human performance; to expose students to successful and exciting careers working with defense technologies through on-and-off campus activities; to promote student body awareness of emerging human augmentation technologies; to provide the means for students to work with, investigate, manipulate, design, and fabricate human augmentation technology to increase the effectiveness and survivability of humans in extreme environments (such as combat); to promote safety, provide instruction, and promote the development of applied research skills; and to gather interested members together in a social setting.

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The Experimental Rocket Propulsion Lab is a student club that offers its members the chance to gain vast amounts of experience on different rocket propulsion systems, landing systems, and simulations. The Divisions offered by ERPL include a Liquid Rocket Engines Division, Hybrid Rocket Engine, and Simulations.

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The mission of the game development club is to educate members in the game development process and general coding practices through development of original ideas, stories, and games. The purposes of this organization are to (1) expand the knowledge of the processes of game development such as programming, graphic design, story writing, promotion, and publication, (2) apply physical sciences, mathematics, humanities, and programming courses that ERAU provides in the alternative setting of game development, and (3) socially collaborate with other students and organizations to construct original and innovative game designs to develop and publish.

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Groups of students propose to participate in NASA’s Undergraduate Microgravity Program by developing proposals investigating the effects of microgravity on specific engines, spacecraft, and other applications.

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The Remote Control Auto Club is a newly established student organization at ERAU Daytona Beach that encourages and explores the hobby of remotely controlled ground vehicles. The purposes of this organization are to educate on remote control systems, train on the functions of remote control systems, and create a community of remote control enthusiasts. This club provides the opportunity to students interested and new to the hobby to experience fun and educational activities for the minimal cost and is open to all students regardless of major and interests. The club caters to hobbyists on all levels with activities such as competitive racing and project building in off-road and on-road classes all the while promoting mechanical and electrical engineering and fluids and dynamics. The flagship project of the RC Auto Club is the Speed Car- a high performance remote control vehicle capable of 100 mph and more, designed by the club, built by the club, and raced by the club.

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Hands-on, project-based robotics education is provided through this active and capable student group: the Robotics Association at Embry-Riddle (RAER). These students host a wide variety of robotics-related projects in their laboratory space and provide education, advice, and tools for up-and-coming roboticists in the student body. All are welcome to this group, which can be found on most days, nights, and weekends developing, building, and testing robotic vehicles and other mechatronic devices.

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The STEM Outreach club focuses on mentoring local students through both outreach and instruction in the areas of science, technology, engineering, and math, actively inspiring future generations and strengthening the capabilities of future STEM professionals.

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