Hyperloop Pod Competition

Hyperloop Pod Competition is held by SpaceX first time in 2015. The competition’s goal is to support the development of functional prototypes and encourage innovation by challenging student teams to design and build the best high-speed pod. The competition was judged solely on one criteria: maximum speed with successful deceleration (i.e. without crashing).

Engineering Design Team teams up with the American Institute of Aeronautics and Astronautics, and the Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers to represent the University of Illinois at Chicago Hyperloop team.

This year, the University of Illinois at Chicago Hyperloop team collaborates with the Illinois Institue of Technology to be prepared for SpaceX 2020 Hyperloop Pod Competition. Participating in the team, you will gain knowledge and experience while working on an interesting project that can add to the future of transportation.

UIC Hyperloop team works in three separate sections: Levitation, Electronics, and Structures. If you’re inexperienced, we will be providing educational workshops to prepare members to join our core teams.

If you’re interested, you can contact the chicagohyperloop@gmail.com

Meeting Schedule:

  • Levitation and Structures: Friday at 6:00 pm
  • Electronics: Wednesday at 6:00 pm


Robobrawl is an annual combat robotics event that takes place each year during the Engineering Open House on the University of Illinois campus. The event consists of a double-elimination tournament over the two days of Engineering Open House where each team battles for dominance. The current format consists of 30-pound combat robots fighting in a 16′ x 16′ arena.

If you’re interested in participating in the team, come to our meeting or talk to the captain.

Captain: David Cowan – dcowan3@uic.edu

Meeting Schedule:

  • 5:00 pm on Wednesday (Electronic)
  • 6:00 pm on Wednesday (Mechanical)

Midwestern Robotics Design Competition 2020

Midwestern Robotics Design Competition (MRDC) is a yearly robotics competition held at the University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign among different colleges and universities in the Midwest. MRDC is an objective-based and timed competition, and the rules vary each year. Compared to most robotics competitions, either land and aerial robots (drones) can be entered. Every last day of the event, the team has the option to join the Demolition Round where there is only one goal – Stay Alive; Destroy Robots. MRDC was EDT’s first and longest-running competition since the organization’s inception, and also the competition where the organization gets the most of its awards and achievements. 

This year, the Engineering Design Team will join the competition with three teams:

  • Stella (Land Robot) – Damien Gilbert (Captain), Denisse Manzanilla Reyna (Co-Captain)
  • Artois (Demolition Robot) – Kaleb Vicary-Rzab (Captain)
  • AiR (Aerial Robot) – Mohammad Mohammad (Captain)

If you’re interested in participating in any teams, come to our meeting or talk to the captain.

Meeting Schedule:

  • Stella: Monday, Wednesday, and Friday at 7:00 pm
  • Artois: Tuesday, and Thursday at 5:00 pm
  • AiR: Thursday at 6:00 pm