Chem-E Car

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It's simple really; Chem-E Car are a group of university students who wanted to participate in a design team. The chemical engineering background shared by much of our team led us to look past conventional engineering competitions. Thus, we decided to participate in the AIChE Chem-E Car competition for the first time in March 2014.


The idea of having a McGill Chem-E Car Team started in the summer of 2013 when David Villegas brought a group of his fellow McGill chemical engineering students together with the goal of participating in the AIChE Chem-E Car competition. Those involved started researching reactions for power source and stopping mechanism, playing with microcontrollers, and designing the body of the car. As the year progressed, the Chem-E Car design idea was made into a reality thanks to the support of various organisations and sponsors. After overcoming many unexpected problems, and many hours of calibrating the reaction, the McGill Chem-E Car Team made its way to their very first appearance at the AIChE Chem-E Car - North East Regional Competition. The competition was hosted by the University of Connecticut at the end of March 2014. The team placed 6th out of 14, an excellent first showing!


Chem-E Car Connecticut, 2014
Our vision is to build a team structure that will increase involvement of students in chemical engineering, other engineering programs, and other faculties in large team based design projects.


  • To foster innovative thinking and teamwork throughout the project design process
  • To develop strong management, organizational, and leadership skills through collaboration among different sub-teams
  • To encourage student research and experimental design
  • To practice the highest lab safety standards
  • To develop our own data acquisition device and calibration techniques
  • To design and build an attractive shoebox-size car