About our team


The 2016-17 ChemE Car team at Western Regional Conference at UCSD in April 2017.


The Chemical Engineering Car team builds a shoebox-sized car powered and controlled by chemical reactions for the annual AIChE-sponsored Chemical Engineering Car competition. Every year, we build two cars to compete at the Western Regional against other schools from California, in hopes of qualifying for the National competition.

Past Competition Results

Year Location Results (Western Regional Conference)
2017 - 2018 UC Irvine
  • 1st Place Student Paper Competition (Richard Sim)
  • 1st Place Research Poster Competition (Experimental Battery Team)
  • 1st Place Car Poster Competition (TAEter Tots)
  • 2nd Place car performance (TechniCAL Difficulties)
  • 2016 - 2017 UC San Diego
  • 1st place Jeopardy
  •     (First place Jeopardy at National Conference held in November at Minneapolis)
  • 4th place car performance (Al-airmingly Fast)
  • 5th place car performance (LamBEARghini)
  • 2015 - 2016 UC Riverside
  • 3rd place poster competition
  • 2014 - 2015 Cal Poly Pomona
  • 1st place poster competition
  • 5th place car performance (Joe Biodine)
  • 2013 - 2014 UC Davis
  • 2nd place poster competition
  • 4th place car performance (Shaggy Waggy Doo)
    (Qualified for National conference in November held at Georgia Tech)
  • 2012 - 2013 UC San Diego
  • 2nd place poster competition
  • 3rd place car performance ([Au]ROAR-a)
  • (Qualified for National conference in November held at San Francisco)

    Plans for current year

    For the 2018-2019 school year, we will be developing several new power sources and control mechanisms, including lead-acid batteries, zinc-carbon batteries, and sodium alginate clock.






    One of the 2014-15 car, "Joe Biodine," in action at 2015 Regionals.


    One of the 2014-15 car, "KT Peroxide," at 2015 Regionals.


    The 2015-16 car, "The Dank Tank," in action at 2016 Regionals.


    One of the 2016-17 cars, "Al-(air)mingly Fast," at 2017 Regionals.


    One of the 2016-17 cars, "LamBEARghini," in action at 2017 Regionals.