In September 2000, the Engineering Design Team (EDT) was created by a group of UIC undergraduate engineering students whose interests were grounded in technology and robotics. The club was designed to give students a chance to use their engineering knowledge to design and build robots in order to achieve a set of goals while competing against other teams.
Since robotics incorporates a wide variety of engineering disciplines, including mechanical, electrical, and computer engineering, the club soon became very diverse, with numerous young men and women with a variety engineering and non-engineering backgrounds joining the ranks. When students join EDT they can expect to become part of an active and capable team that holds a strong passion for what they do. The overall experience and knowledge that they gain not only nurtures their passion to excel as UIC students, but also helps them develop professional engineering attitudes.
Gain valuable experience as undergraduate engineers
Develop leadership and communication skills
Expand students’ knowledge of numerous engineering disciplines
Reinforce the strong reputation of the UIC College of Engineering
Work on many varying multi-disciplinary projects
8th Place Overall at IGVC, including 3rd in Engineering Design
1st Place Robotic Execution at JSDC
Demolition Champions at JSDC
2013-2014 Operating Highlights
Increased team membership by 45 people
Diverse membership spanning the Honors College, Tau Beta Pi, Tau Sigma, Eta Kappa Nu, and Alpha Eta Mu Beta
Sponsorship from AMD, Motorola, NVidia, SICK Sensors, and NASA
Participated in PLTW, and High School Outreach
Gain hands on experience in engineering design, leadership, communication, and teamwork.
Participate in the NASA Lunar Robotics Mining Competition
Increase ranking in the Navigation Competition of IGVC 2014
Continue our strong showing at Jerry Sanders Creative Design Competition
Showcase competition robots at E-Week, EXPO
Continue to create a better experience for our members
Establish an open curriculum for introductory robotics
EDT strives to be a design team, and not just an assembly or systems integration team, although system integration is an important part of design. These competitions forces us to apply proper design philosophies in order to produce a working machine that can compete successfully.
00-01 JSDC, unscrewing light bulbs, also have a few pics of the comp, or it might have been EXPO
01-02 Bocci-Bob (later known as Thor) JSDC – bowling & bocci balls
02-03 Moto-Bob and Scarab – JSDC – balloons
03-04 Ares born – JSDC – Tetris pieces, got the current shop space
04-05 Ares and Thor(Bob rebuilt), JSDC picking up foam balls – most creative award for Ares
05-06 Ares and Thor(First fully autonomous) – JSDC picking up foam balls, Ares wins first place, Thor was most innovate
06-07 Ares, Thor, Odin, Loki – JSDC, hula hoops and Frisbees, Ares-3rd, Thor-4th first time at IGVC with Achilles
07-08 Ares, Thor, Odin, Loki – JSDC, hoops and Frisbees again, Ares-1st Thor-4th – IGVC – Achilles
08-09 Ares, Thor, Odin, Kronos – JSDC balloons, Kronos-2nd, Odin-Demo, IGVC – Enyo qualifies
10-11 JSDC 3rd Place – Raijin
JSDC Good Sportsmanship Award – Sephiroth
11-12 (JSDC – back to foam balls)
JSDC 1st Place – Sepiroth
JSDC 2nd Place, Demolition Champion – Raijin
IGVC – Kratos
JSDC Demolition Champions
IGVC 3rd in Design
Motivation. Passion. Team Work.