About Us

Mission Statement: This is a non-profit organization that has been created for educational purposes only. In turn, this team should aim to help foster student-teacher relationships, create an interdisciplinary learning environment, and build teamwork/social skills that can be used in future career settings. 

We try to uphold 3 goals:

  • Recruit students to give them hands-on experience
  • Gain knowledge through a fun, yet challenging, activity
  • Complete a fully functioning and reliable vehicle that blows away competition

About the competition

ChemE Car @ UMD strives to create a successful car to compete in AIChE's regional and national competitions. The car must be powered by chemical energy and achieve a certain distance with a required payload. All parts must be homemade or altered in such a way that they become original to the project. Team members can communicate with other professors and company representatives to gain further insight and direction in the project. The distance will be between 15 and 30 m and the load will be between 0 and 500 mL of water. Each car is guaranteed a maximum competition time of two minutes, per each run ( total of 2) to achieve the distance. One, single movement can be made by a member to start the car, but the remaining functions of the car must be automated and determined prior to the time of competition. After the regional and national competition, the team must make 2 large changes to the car (either in structure, electronics, stopping mechanism, or battery) in order to submit the car to the following year's competition. For more information about competition specifics, please visit the AIChE ChemE Car website


The ChemE Car team at the University of Maryland was established in 2011 under the direction of Dr. Chunsheng Wang. Run by the American Institute of Chemical Engineers (AIChE) organization, the first ever ChemE Car built at UMD, Raphael, took first place at the AIChE regional competition. Since the start of the ChemE Car @ UMD, the team has qualified each year's car for the national competition by placing in the top 5 spots at the annual regional competition. ChemE Car @ UMD has now established it's own club stature but still works closely with the UMD student chapter of AIChE.

Past Cars

  • Raphael - 2011
    • ​Regionals - 1st place
    • Components
      • Zinc-air battery
      • Iodine Clock Reaction
  • Pride of Maryland - 2012
    • Regionals - 2nd place
    • Components
      • Zinc-air battery
  • Pride of Maryland II - 2013
    • Regionals - 4th place
    • Components
      • Nickel-metal hydride battery
      • Iodine clock reaction
  • Testudo Mobile - 2014
    • Regionals - 5th place
    • Nationals - 18th place / 36
    • Components
      • Nickel-metal hydride battery
      • Vitamin C reaction
  • Shelldon - 2015
    • Regionals - 2nd place
    • Nationals - 11th place / 34
    • Components 
      • Nickel-metal hydride battery
      • Oscillating reaction 



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