ASME Solar Car Team
We are the University of Iowa Chapter of the American Society of Mechanical Engineers, AMSE. Only two semesters old, we are comprised of 40 undergraduates from all engineering departments as well as non-engineering majors. Our mission is to design, build, and race a solar-powered vehicle and use it as a tool to develop our professional skills and have a lasting impact on our community.
Currently, there are no UI classes offered that allow us to test our “metal (mettle)” quite like this student organization allows us to do. While there are classes that teach us how to design with 3D programs and even produce parts in our machine shop, no class allows us to practice our skills in such an intricate setting. By creating an environment that allows us to make mistakes, learn by trial and error, and work with advanced energy technology that will have a meaningful impact in preparing us for the workforce.
It is our goal to not only represent our community, but to be a part of it. In the fall of 2017, ASME was generously given a solar car frame and chassis by Iowa State’s PRISUM Solar Car Team to help our program get started. Despite our school’s rivalry, PRISUM was thrilled at the idea to see another Iowan team compete alongside them.
Our club is also partnering with other student organizations such as Dance Marathon in an effort to connect students from all the University’s colleges. We also aspire to test drive our vehicle through Iowa’s 99 counties visiting high schools and museums in order to promote participation in STEM fields, especially engineering, upon graduation.
Another goal of ours is to compete in this summer’s 2018 American Solar Challenge. This would be the University of Iowa’s first time competing in a solar vehicle challenge and we would face off against other prestigious engineering colleges such as Michigan and many others. It is an endurance competition that takes place over 1,700 miles across the nation. This year’s competition follows the Oregon Trail from Nebraska to Oregon.
Sustainability is one of the problems of our century and we as students want to do something about it. By donating to our cause you are directly allowing us to advance technology with the potential of solving this problem. More specifically you will enable us to buy an essential part of the car that cannot be manufactured on campus. At the same time with our community outreach we will bring more attention to these problems increasing the changes of true change and improvement.
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