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BIC and KIC - Student Teams & Clubs

Multidisciplinary student competition teams and clubs tackle hands-on problem solving, and practice innovation in our Branam and Kremer Innovation Centers.

Chem-E Car

In Chem-E Car Club, you'll design and build a model car that operates via chemical mechanisms in this club that participates in AIChE’s regional competition each year. Cars drive a fixed distance carrying a certain payload--both of which are decided the day of the competition. Teams are judged based on how far the car is from the finish line.

RHIT Competes: Chem-E Car

A chemical reaction and multidisciplinary teamwork propel this team’s vehicle, The Great Gassby, to the 2017 AIChE Annual Student Conference Chem-E Car competition.

Concrete Canoe

Concrete Canoe is a club that welcomes students of all majors and knowledge levels who have an interest in designing a concrete canoe to race against teams from other schools. The team designs the concrete mix, the reinforcement within the concrete, the mold used to make the canoe and the shape of the canoe, before racing in the ASCE Great Lakes Competition each year.


Design/Build/Fly is an international competition in which students from more than 50 colleges and universities design, build and fly a remote controlled aircraft. Every year new design challenges require the complete design, fabrication and performance testing of a new aircraft.

The team consists of students from a variety of engineering disciplines who are looking for a challenge and real-world application of classroom concepts.

First Robotics Team 5188

Rose-Hulman’s FIRST Robotics 5188 team works with Vigo County high school students to provide hands on experience in the STEM fields while having fun. The club mentors a local high school FRC team, Area 5188: Classified Robotics. We teach high school students how to design, build, and code a 120-pound robot in only six weeks! Visit our Facebook or Instagram pages to learn more.

Human Powered Vehicle

The HPV team designs, builds and competes with a recumbent bicycle enclosed in an aerodynamic shell. Each year, the team competes in the American Society of Mechanical Engineers’ HPV Challenge East and West Coast events with a totally new vehicle.

Make It Happen

Students of all majors have the chance to put their knowledge to work on humanitarian projects and get course credit for it in the Make It Happen program. This unique program encourages cross-disciplinary collaboration to solve real-world problems.

Project with a Purpose

Make It Happen is a student-led organization where multidisciplinary teams earn course credit while tackling humanitarian projects. See how one student designed and fabricated an off-road hiking wagon for the family of an 8-year-old girl with a genetic condition that limits her mobility.


MakerLab gives students the opportunity to innovate, create and collaborate on projects of their choosing. The MakerLab space in the Kremer Innovation Center is home to an assortment of devices from a tiny drone to a kit-built 3-D printer.

Create and Innovate

Welcome to a space where students have the tools and the freedom to practice innovation as they bring their ideas to life!


The Rose Rocketry team provides a forum for students to interact with the field of aerospace, specifically in the context of rocketry, to further their technical and experiential understanding of the central topics in this field, and to have an organization in which to develop their teamwork, leadership, and competence as an individual, as a student, and as an engineer. The club is participating in NASA’s 2022 Student Launch, a nine-month challenge providing realistic experiences for college students following the engineering design process used by NASA and industry engineers for space exploration.


The Robotics team welcomes students interested in designing mobile robots for regional competitions. Previous experience is not required.

The team has competed for more than 10 years, first in the International Aerial Robotics Competition, now in the Intelligent Ground Vehicle Competition and MATE-ROV (remotely operated underwater vehicle) challenge.

The Robotics team also volunteers in outreach programs such as Blue Key's Youth Science Day, Botball, Explore Engineering and First Lego League.

Rose Grand Prix Engineering

Rose-Hulman Grand Prix Engineering is a team operated entirely by students, which has the aim of developing young engineers outside the classroom through designing, manufacturing and racing formula-style cars.

The end goal is to compete in the Formula SAE competition, which integrates student innovation, ingenuity, team cooperation and the application of design processes.

Track Time

Seniors on Rose-Hulman’s Grand Prix Engineering team used their love of motorsports to create a capstone design project that resulted in a new and improved race car. The design team was joined by several underclassmen in building an all-new chassis, improving the fuel system for their one-cylinder engine, and fabricating a carbon fiber body. After many late nights designing new features and turning wrenches, the team took its vehicle for some track time at a local airport.

Rose-Hulman Efficient Vehicle

The objective of the Rose-Hulman Efficient Vehicles Team is to maximize fuel economy in a single person vehicle created to compete against other schools and teams in contests such as the SAE Supermileage competition and Shell Eco-Marathon.

The team gives students an opportunity to learn about and participate in the design and construction of a fuel efficient vehicle.

Team Rose Motorsports

Team Rose Motorsports provides an outlet for members to apply engineering skills learned in the classroom in a focused automotive environment.

Hands-on automotive repair, design and fabrication experience through the maintenance and preparation of racecars is central to the team. 

Additionally, members can build their knowledge of automobiles and high-performance driving through operating these vehicles in sanctioned competitions in the surrounding area.


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