Department of Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering

Student Activities

Baja SAE

SAE Baja at Case Western gives students that are interested in mechanical design a real world project to wrap their hands around. Students are asked to design and fabricate, from the ground up, a vehicle capable of competing against up to 300 other international colleges and universities in three events sanctioned by SAE.

Students gain fabrication experience, an appreciation for designing items for manufacturability, and a chance to be involved in an intense project from beginning to end. Students that actively participate on this team will be better equipped to handle adverse situations found in the real world, better understand mechanical designs, and graduate with experience working on a large scale engineering project.

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Case Aeronautics Team 

The Case Aeronautics Team participates annually in the The American Institute of Aeronautics and Astronautics's competition to design large-scale custom RC aircraft, hosted by Cessna and Raytheon. The contest will provide a real-world aircraft design experience for engineering students by giving them the opportunity to validate their analytic studies.

Student teams will design, fabricate, and demonstrate the flight capabilities of an unmanned, electric powered, radio controlled aircraft which can best meet the specified mission profile. The goal is a balanced design possessing good demonstrated flight handling qualities and practical and affordable manufacturing requirements while providing a high vehicle performance.

To encourage innovation and maintain a fresh design challenge for each new year's participants, the design requirements and performance objective will be updated for each new contest year. The changes will provide new design requirements and opportunities, while allowing for application of technology developed by the teams from prior years.

students of the Case Aeronautics team with their designed aircraft



Chainless Challenge

A team of engineering undergraduates participate in the Parker Hannifin’s Chainless Challenge. Participants build a bike in which the power is transmitted from the pedals to the wheel using fluid power instead of chains.

They were the first team from Case Western Reserve to enter the competition, which was launched in 2006 to spark students’ interest in hydraulics.

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Rocket Team

The main purpose of the Case Rocket Team (CRT) is to enable engineering students interested in aerospace and rocketry to design, build, and fly their own rockets.

The main goal of the Case Rocket Team is to compete in various high powered rocketry competitions. The team will be mainly composed of students and faculty from the EMAE and EECS departments, but anyone else interested in building rockets is always invited.

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Biologically Inspired Robotics

Students are dedicated to the advancement of the field of robotics using insights gained through the study of biological mechanisms.




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We are the Case Western Reserve University Robotics Club, the one and only undergraduate robotics club on CWRU’s campus. We like long walks on Floridian beaches (with robots*), and working hard to create functioning robots for a variety of robotics competitions. Our primary goal is to provide an ideal environment for undergraduate students interested in robotics, where they can innovate, design, and create, regardless of their prior experience level. We focus on teaching our members useful, marketable, skills such as SolidWorks, python coding, soldering and basic machining. Our members then wield these skills; designing, coding, and building multiple successful robots each year.

*With our mining robot from the NASA Robotic Mining Challenge, designed to dig up Martian soil.

Not only are we committed to designing robots, but we are also active in STEM/educational outreach. We do this by volunteering in the community, mentoring high school students in FIRST Robotics and Science Olympiad, participating in campus events (designing a float for the Homecoming parade, co-sponsoring Film Society’s STEM films, etc.), attending conferences/events (Link-State, Ingenuity Fest, etc.), and being on the forefront of promoting women in STEM with a three-fifths female executive board.

We believe that innovation takes many different minds working together: engineers, business leaders, artists, and those with passion. 

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