Cornell racing team driving their car

Project Teams

Applied Hands-on Learning. Collaborative. Innovative.

Cornell Engineering Project Teams mimic real-world engineering by bringing Cornell students, faculty, and staff together to solve complex problems in team-based settings. Breaking the rules of conventional wisdom is not foreign to our engineers and the spirit of innovation is alive and well in our state-or-the-art labs and workshops. Many of our teams compete regionally, nationally, and internationally in engineering design and build competitions and/or travel the globe for service learning projects and programs.
Upson Hall Student Project team working on project
Engineering Project Teams by the Numbers:

  • 29 teams in 2017-18
  • Largest program of its kind in the country with over 1,100 student participants
  • Over $1 million dollars of funding for 2016-2017
  • Representation across the 14 Engineering majors
  • Multidisciplinary collaboration across Cornell’s seven undergraduate colleges/schools

Learn more about our teams!

AguaClara (hand holding a water drop)

AguaClara is a multi-disciplinary program at Cornell University that designs sustainable water treatment systems committed to long-term environmental, social, and economic sustainability. Water treatment plants built using AguaClara technologies provide clean water to approximately 50,000 people.

Bridges to Prosperity

The Cornell University team, "Big Red Bridges", is a student-led branch of the NGO, Bridges to Prosperity (“B2P”). Bridges to Prosperity envisions a world where poverty caused by rural isolation no longer exists. Their programs provide access to healthcare, education and markets by working alongside communities to design and build footbridges over impassable. The team prepares all design work, construction plans, and funds to travel and build pedestrian suspended bridges in Central America, South America, and Africa in collaboration with the local people in underserved communities. Bridges to Prosperity has built over 260 bridges with communities around the world.

Cornell ACM Programming

Cornell ACM Programming is devoted to competitive programming. In such environments you are given a limited amount of time to create solutions to problems that are correct and efficient. Their correctness and efficiency are usually automatically tested. There are several programming competitions per year, like the Google Code Jam, the Facebook Hacker Cup, the Topcoder Open and the ACM ICPC (sponsored by IBM).

Cornell App Dev

Cornell AppDev is an engineering project team at Cornell University dedicated to creating mobile and web applications. By publishing our apps on the App Store, Google Play Store, and web, we give students the opportunity to work in a startup environment and gain practical experience in software engineering, product design, marketing, and product management.

Cornell Baja SAE

Cornell Baja SAE is a student run, student-operated project team that designs, builds, and races a one seat off-road vehicle. Every year the team goes through and designs every part on the car from scratch, developing engineering skills in the form of CAD, finite element analysis, and design-to-manufacture thinking, in addition to theoretical and conceptual knowledge learned in the classroom.

Cornell ChemE Car

Cornell ChemE Car is a project team in which students of all majors work together to build several model cars purely powered and stopped by chemical reactions. After months of design, construction and careful calibrations, we compete each spring at the AlChE Northeast Regional Conference. .

Cornell Univesity Concrete Canoe

The Cornell Concrete Canoe team constructs a canoe made of concrete and competes in the annual Upstate NY Regional ASCE Conference each spring. Through designing the canoe’s structure and composition, team members learn creative engineering, problem solving skills, and collaborative teamwork. Our team is comprised of six subteams: Mix Design, Mold, Logistics, Analysis, Aesthetics, and Paddling.

Cornell Cup Robotics

Cornell Cup Robotics is a student run organization at Cornell University that designs, manufactures, and creates innovative robotics oriented projects. Over 50 Cornell students work to create dynamic projects that bolster the ingenuity of embedded technologies. The objective of this team is to provide a valuable, practical experience for students with robotics and embedded systems, and to demonstrate the extraordinary technology that we are able to create.

Cornell Data Science

Cornell Data Science has three central goals: educate students about the world of data science, implement machine learning and statistical algorithms in student-run projects, and connect students to both other students and professionals in industry and academia who use data science.

Cornell Design and Tech Initiative

Cornell Design & Tech Initiative is a team of over 50 product managers, designers and software developers, who together create technology to solve problems on and around Cornell's campus. Our ongoing projects look to tackle problem spaces such as campus safety, sexual assault awareness, overcrowded office hours, and more.


Cornell Engineering World Health logo

Cornell Engineering World Health (EWH) is a multi-disciplinary team of mechanical, electrical, biological, chemical, and computer engineers with the goal of designing novel technical solutions for improving health care in developing countries. EWH participates in the annual EWH Design Competition each June against chapters around the world.

Cornell iGem logo

The Cornell Genetically Engineered Machines (iGEM) The Cornell iGEM Team is an award-winning synthetic biology research team comprised of 30 undergraduate students. The team is comprised of five subteams: Wet Lab, Product Development, Policy and Practices, Business, and Wiki/Design. The team works throughout the school year and summer to solve local and global problems related to medical applications, environmental concerns, and human and animal health. We compete against 300+ multidisciplinary teams from all around the world at the iGEM Giant Jamboree, hosted annually by the International Genetically Engineered Machine (iGEM) Foundation.

Cornell Hyperloop

Cornell Hyperloop is a team of students from Cornell University aiming to accelerate the development of Hyperloop by designing and building a pod to compete in the annual SpaceX Hyperloop competition.

Cornell Mars Rover logo

The Cornell Mars Rover team designs an innovative, robotic Mars rover that competes annually in the international University Rover Challenge. We are an interdisciplinary, student-run team that brings together talented minds from engineering, science, and business.

Micro-g logo

Cornell Micro-g  is a team of students who are passionate about pushing the boundaries of space technology. Working in coordination with NASA, the team designs and develops tools to aid in space exploration. Each year, the team starts from scratch, choosing a new challenge and designing an instrument to achieve the desired purpose. At the end of the year, Cornell Micro-g travels to the Neutral Buoyancy Lab at the Johnson Space Center in Houston to test the device with trained astronaut divers. Our team takes on a large variety of tasks including CADing, machining, electrical engineering, human factors, rapid prototyping, sourcing funds, technical writing, and outreach coordination. 

Cornell Racing logo

Founded in 1986, Cornell Racing designs, builds and tests a new Formula-style racecar to compete in the Formula SAE series every year. Our team is composed of 60 undergraduate and graduate students divided into 14 technical and non-technical subteams. The majority of our team members are technical subteam leads and members who are responsible for the design of each component on the car.

Cornell Rocketry Team

The Cornell Rocketry Team is an engineering project team dedicated to the design and building of high powered rockets. Each year, the team participates in the NASA Student Launch competition, which typically involves launching a high-powered rocket with a science payload to a certain altitude.

Cornell Seismic Design

The Cornell Seismic Design team designs, builds, and tests a scaled multi-story balsa wood tower for an international undergraduate competition hosted every spring at the Earthquake Engineering Research Institute’s (EERI) annual meeting. At competition, the tower is scored on a number of categories including architecture, model predictions, building revenue and costs, team presentations, and most importantly whether or not the structure survives all three ground motions.

Cornell University Autonomous Underwater Vehicle

The Cornell University Autonomous Underwater Vehicle (CUAUV) team designs and builds AUVs for competition and research. The team and its vehicle have received acclaim and support from industry professionals as a result of its performance and long-standing tradition of excellence.

Cornell Debut

TheCornell University DEBUT project team consists of dedicated undergraduates from a variety of disciplines coming together to develop innovative solutions to existing medical concerns. We address these through our three core teams: Research, Development, and Operations. The teams work in unison to develop a new biomedical product to compete in the annual VentureWell DEBUT Competition, which scores projects on Design, Marketability, and Patentability.

Cornell University Unmanned Air Systems

CUAir, Cornell University Unmanned Air Systems, is an interdisciplinary project team working to design, build, and test an autonomous unmanned aircraft system capable of autonomous reconnaissance missions. This includes tasks such as autonomous take-off and landing, waypoint navigation, automatic in-flight obstacle avoidance, target detection, classification and localization, and payload delivery.

Autonomous Bicycle

The CU Autonomous Bicycle project team is a multi-disciplinary team of mechanical engineering, electrical engineering, and computer science students working together to build a robotic bicycle with the ability to balance itself the same way a person balances on a bicycle: using steering manipulation.

CU Sail

The goal of  CU Sail is to design and manufacture a small, inexpensive, and mass-producible autonomous robotic sailboat that can intelligently navigate any body of water and collect data. The project is meant to decrease environmental research and acoustic marine mammal monitoring costs by designing a research vessel that can cheaply collect data such as salinity, turbidity, fluorescence, or acoustic patterns. Each year we design our boat using CAD and then manufacture it using composites and other materials. In June, we compete in SailBot, the International Robotic Sailing Competition held annually.

Cornell Solar Boat

The CU Solar Boat team is Cornell’s youngest project team on campus. This year, the team will design a full size, single occupant, fully functioning speed boat to compete in the Intercollegiate Solar Splash Competition.

Design Build Fly

Cornell Design Build Fly (DBF) is an engineering project team in which students develop, build and test a custom radio-controlled airplane design to compete in the AIAA Design Build Fly Competition.

Engineers for a Sustainable World Biofuels

Engineers for a Sustainable World: Biofuels is a student project team at Cornell University that strives to improve campus and local sustainability through biofuels initiatives and implementation. As part of the Cornell Chapter of ESW-USA, ESW Biofuels fosters technical skills, engineering knowledge of biofuels processes, and dedication to sustainability through work with Cornell and the greater Ithaca community.

Engineers without Borders

Enigneers Without Borders mission is to implement sustainable engineering projects in developing communities around the world. We promote responsible engineering practices and establish strong, long-lasting connections with the communities we partner with. Through these partnerships, our team has the opportunity to learn many important skills, such as teamwork, management of resources and finances, and international cultures, to turn our ideas into reality.

Resistance Racing

As the first project team at Cornell University to explore completely electric vehicles, and one of the teams affiliated with the School of Electrical and Computer Engineering, Resistance Racing gives students of all majors and ages the distinct opportunity to apply knowledge from classes to modern issues in engineering such as sustainable design and electric mobility.

Steel Bridge

Steel Bridge is an undergraduate project team under the American Society of Civil Engineers (ASCE) that annually competes in the American Institute of Steel Construction Student (AISC) Steel Bridge Competition. Each year, students spend the year designing, analyzing, fabricating, and constructing a bridge.

Engineering student Katie '17

Getting involved in AguaClara, a research group that has been successfully developing water purification systems in impoverished areas in Honduras and India was something extraordinary. 

— Katie, Chemical Engineering '17