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Clubs, Groups & Teams

There are over 60 engineering clubs, teams, committees, conferences, and competitions you can join to enhance your technical and non-technical skills. Getting involved in experiential learning opportunities is a valuable way to enrich your student life, explore new activities, and contribute to your social development and academic success. For more information, visit the McMaster Engineering Society website.

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Technical Clubs & Teams

Including vehicle teams, space teams, technology clubs, structural teams and other technical teams!

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Vehicle Teams

McMaster EcoCAR Mobility Challenge

McMaster EcoCAR Mobility Challenge

McMaster University is proud to be one of 11 North American universities participating in the EcoCAR Mobility Challenge; North America’s premier collegiate automotive engineering competition. This four-year competition challenges teams to apply advanced propulsion systems, electrification, and vehicle connectivity to improve the energy efficiency of a 2019 Chevrolet Blazer – all while balancing factors such as emissions, safety, and consumer acceptability.

MAC Formula Electric Team

MAC Formula Electric Team

MAC Formula Electric is a student run team at McMaster that designs, manufactures and races a fully electric formula style race car for competition all around the world.

McMaster Concrete Toboggan

McMaster Concrete Toboggan

The McMaster Concrete Toboggan Team builds a toboggan where every surface touching the snow needs to be made from concrete. They compete every year against Canadian and American universities across the country.

McMaster Solar Car Project

McMaster Solar Car Project

The McMaster Solar Car team is a team of undergraduate students that designs and builds a solar powered car for competitions around the world. 

Space Teams

McMaster Rocketry Team

McMaster Rocketry Team

 

McMaster Rocketry Team's focus is to provide a venue for McMaster Engineering students to design, build, test and launch rockets while following engineering design and safety principles.

McMaster Mars Rover Team

McMaster Mars Rover Team

 

The McMaster Mars Rover provides students with the opportunity to become the next generation of leaders, scientists, and innovators in the aerospace industry by designing and building a Mars Rover.

McMaster Neudose / McMaster Interdisciplinary Satellite Team (MIST)

McMaster Neudose / McMaster Interdisciplinary Satellite Team (MIST)

The McMaster Interdisciplinary Satellite Team is a group of McMaster University students that is currently designing, fabricating, and planning to launch a small satellite (CubeSat) into low earth orbit to study the effects of ionizing radiation on the human body.

McMaster Experimental Reduced Gravity Team (MERGE)

McMaster Experimental Reduced Gravity Team (MERGE)

 
MERGE is a club dedicated to helping students compete in SEDS Canada’s CAN-RGX competition, where post-secondary students design, propose, and test a small scientific experiment aboard a reduced gravity aircraft.

Technology Clubs

McMaster Sumobot

McMaster Sumobot

 

McMaster Sumobot is an open-door club that aims to teach and challenge students in designing their own unique and fully autonomous fighting robot. Hosted annually by the club, the sumobot is then entered in a one-on-one tournament style competitions inspired by the namesake Japanese sport.

MAC RoboMaster

MAC RoboMaster

 

A student run team at McMaster University designing and manufacturing a group of half and fully autonomous robots to compete in the annually DJI RoboMaster Robotics Competition in China.

McMaster Autoplow

McMaster Autoplow

 

McMaster Autoplow is a new student-run team, working on designing and building an autonomous snowplow robot. They are currently working on modifying an existing rover to convert it from remote-controlled to autonomous and are hoping to develop a robot that can be entered in various autonomous vehicle competitions in the future.

McMaster Competitive Programming

McMaster Competitive Programming

  
The McMaster Competitive Programming Team is a team of undergraduate students that attends various programming competitions and represent McMaster University in the world-prestigious International Collegiate Programming Competition (ICPC) every year.
McMaster Artificial Intelligence Society

McMaster Artificial Intelligence Society

Our mission is to promote the study and implementation of AI to the undergraduate and graduate students of McMaster. We accomplish this through a wide variety of events and initiatives, including weekly tutorials, a yearly hackathon (MacHacks) and other smaller competitions, projects within our society and in collaboration with other organizations, a yearly networking social, and much more.

Google Developer Student Clubs McMaster University

Google Developer Student Clubs McMaster University

Developer Student Clubs are university-based community groups for students interested in Google developer technologies. Students from all undergraduate or graduate programs with an interest in growing as a developer are welcome. By joining a DSC, students grow their knowledge in a peer-to-peer learning environment and build solutions for local businesses and their community.

Structural Teams

McMaster Heavy Construction Student Chapter

McMaster Heavy Construction Student Chapter

McMaster Heavy Construction Student Chapter’s mandate is to promote the heavy construction industry at McMaster and to act as a central liaison between civil engineering students and professionals in the heavy construction industry.

McMaster Troitsky Bridge Building Competition

McMaster Troitsky Bridge Building Competition

 

The Annual Troitsky Bridge Building Competition is held at Concordia University in Montreal, QC, and attracts students all across Canada. Student teams build bridges out of popsicle sticks, white glue, and dental floss, which are then load-tested and scored on capacity, esthetic value, and originality.

McMaster Seismic Design Team

McMaster Seismic Design Team

McMaster’s Seismic Design Team is a group of diverse and driven students who aim to learn and apply technical skills to real world challenges. We focus on analyzing and innovating solutions to seismologic challenges through research sessions, collaborations, and testing. The team competed against universities from North America, Europe, and Asia, showcasing our professionalism and engineering expertise in structural, geotechnical, seismic, and architectural concepts. 
 
McMaster Steel Bridge Team

McMaster Steel Bridge Team

 

The competition requires teams to design, fabricate and construct a steel bridge that solves a problem presented in a given realistic scenario. Students provide an oral presentation and create a poster to effectively summarize the design and construction process to a panel of judges.

Additional Technical Clubs

McMaster Design League

McMaster Design League

 

 

The McMaster Design League’s primary goal is to generate interest towards the design aspect of engineering through challenges, competitions and workshops. The club runs CAD tutorial sessions throughout the year as an introduction for students, building up to the yearly Designathon competition.

McMaster Medical Engineering Design Team (MED-T)

McMaster Medical Engineering Design Team (MED-T)

 

MED-T’s goal is to create a multi-disciplinary student-lead community at McMaster that focuses on technical design project work, and education aimed at applications in medicine. Our hope is that students who engage in our community will gain useful hands-on experience in developing medical technology and will be motivated to continue learning about the field of biomedical engineering.

McMaster Makers

McMaster Makers

 

 

McMaster Makers works to build and maintain a collaborative, interdisciplinary, and inclusive Maker community through student designed project-based technical workshops. The aim of McMaster Makers is to empower individuals in the McMaster Community through practical STEM education. McMaster Makers envisions the McMaster and Hamilton community evolving into a global leader of technical and social innovation. 

North American Young Generation of Nuclear (NAYGN) McMaster Chapter

North American Young Generation of Nuclear (NAYGN) McMaster Chapter

NAYGN McMaster engages undergraduate and graduate students of all levels and disciplines with an interest in the nuclear field by providing opportunities for students to network with professionals, develop skills pertinent to the industry, and inform the student body at McMaster about nuclear technology and power. NAYGN McMaster aims to create lifelong connections and inspire today’s nuclear technology professionals to meet the challenges of the 21st century.
Canadian Institute of Transportation Engineers (ITE) - McMaster Student Chapter

Canadian Institute of Transportation Engineers (ITE) - McMaster Student Chapter

ITE McMaster is a student chapter of the Institute of Transportation Engineers, an international association of transportation professionals who work to improve mobility and safety for all transportation system users and help build smart and livable communities. The goal of ITE McMaster in the coming years is to continue to grow the transportation community at McMaster by reaching out to other faculties and clubs, as designing and maintaining sustainable transportation for the future is truly a multi-disciplinary project.

MacHealthHatch

MacHealthHatch

MacHealthHatch aims to provide students with a space to innovate, resources to succeed, and support in order to create health solutions/prototypes they can be proud of. Our aim is to provide students exposure to technical skills, transferable skills, and experience to prepare them better for the ever-evolving field of biomedical engineering. ​

Non-Technical Clubs & Teams

McMaster Engineering Hockey Club

McMaster Engineering Hockey Club

The McMaster Engineering Hockey Club makes playing hockey accessible for every McMaster Engineering student. The club organizes teams of all levels to compete in McMaster intramurals, so that students can have an accessible and fun exercise opportunity! 

McMaster Engineering Musical

McMaster Engineering Musical

The McMaster Engineering Musical brings together a group of nearly 100 Faculty of Engineering students every year to turn a popular musical or story into an experience about Mac Eng. These hardworking students write an original script, build their own props, arrange their own music and finally take to the stage.

McMaster Engineering Welcome Week Rep Team (Redsuits)

McMaster Engineering Welcome Week Rep Team (Redsuits)

The McMaster Engineering Welcome Week Rep Team is the group responsible for welcoming the incoming class of Engineering, BTech, iBioMed, and Computer Science students each Fall. Colloquially known as the Redsuits due to their bright red coveralls, these reps have the responsibility of demonstrating the inclusive annd supportive community that Mac Eng has to offer. 

McMaster Engineers Without Borders

McMaster Engineers Without Borders

At McMaster Engineers Without Borders (EWB), we bring people and ideas together to identify and eliminate the root causes of poverty and inequity. We pride ourselves on our commitment to developing leaders with the skills and perspectives essential to creating sustainable social (systematic) change in local, national, and international communities.

McMaster Global Engineering Brigades

McMaster Global Engineering Brigades

Global Engineering Brigades provides an all-inclusive model to sustain infrastructure and proper health in Honduras, Nicaragua, Panama and Ghana by designing and implementing water pipelines for rural communities. McMaster is a chapter of Global Engineering Brigades, an international movement of university students working alongside local communities and technicians to implement clean water systems in the developing world. 

McMaster Society for Engineering Research (MacSER)

McMaster Society for Engineering Research (MacSER)

The goal of MacSER is to represent and support undergraduate Engineering.researchers  In partnership with the Faculty of Engineering and the Engineering Graduate Society (EGS) amongst other collaborators, our society focuses on three essential components of an innovative engineering researcher that is well equipped for the challenges of tomorrow: learning, connection, and growth. We fulfill these goals through year-round events that focus on increasing awareness of research opportunities, connecting students with peers and faculty, and providing professional development resources to students.

Equity and Diversity

McMaster EngiQueers

McMaster EngiQueers

 

The goal of McMaster EngiQueers is to increase the visibility, comfort and engagement of LGBTQ+ students and their allies within the Faculty of Engineering. The students host events for fun/socialization and for pride. The club also now organizes the I.D.E.A conference in collaboration with NSBE and WiE, which occurs around January each year.

National Society of Black Engineers (NSBE) McMaster

National Society of Black Engineers (NSBE) McMaster

The National Society of Black Engineers is a student run non-profit organization with the mission statement “to increase the number of culturally responsible Engineers who excel academically, succeed professionally and positively impact the community”. NSBE McMaster promotes and encourages the involvement of minorities in STEM fields through multiple events and opportunities for students to build up their skills and gain the necessary experience to become a leader in their community.

McMaster Women in Engineering Society

McMaster Women in Engineering Society

The McMaster Women in Engineering Society is a group of undergraduate students focused on creating a community where female-identified students feel empowered and supported throughout their education, as well as providing them with opportunities to network with other students and grow as individuals.

Competitions & Conferences

Engineering Competitions

McMaster Engineering Competition (MEC)

McMaster Engineering Competition (MEC)

MEC is an annual student-run competition organized by the McMaster Engineering Society (MES) in partnership with the McMaster Faculty of Engineering. Every year, MEC brings together the best and brightest engineering students across all years and disciplines. MEC is an excellent opportunity for students to gain practical experience in all facets of engineering, including both technical and transferrable skills. This competition is meant to encourage students to be resourceful and creative in high-pressure situations in order to solve complex problems. In 2021, the competition will be entirely virtually, eliminating barriers to participation and prioritizing the health and safety of all competitors, as we focus on our inspiring theme: “Engineering a Better World”.

McMaster Designathon

McMaster Designathon

 

Hosted by the McMaster Design League, Designathon is a weekend-long competition where students tackle a selection of design problems using computer-aided design (CAD) and 3D printing tools.

DeltaHacks Hackathon

DeltaHacks Hackathon

 

DeltaHacks is McMaster's annual student-run "hackathon for change". Our focus is to encourage students to combine programming knowledge with the intent to create something that has a positive impact on the world, aligning with tracks of impact such as energy and the environment, health and wellness, inequality and education. With over 600 students selected from the top Universities in Canada and industry leaders in attendance, each DeltaHacks is a unique experience designed for novices and experienced developers alike. Participants can expect a weekend full of collaboration, presentations, learning, amazing prices, and innovation with a side of pure awesome!

Engineering and Commerce Case Competition

Engineering and Commerce Case Competition

The McMaster Consulting Team is a team of 4 sent to the Engineering Commerce Case Competition. The competition is an annual consulting case competition hosted by Concordia University, entailing three cases created by 3 different major companies (such as L3 Harris and Bombardier) and are judged by company employees and other industry professionals.

The Forge

The Forge

 

The Forge is a business incubator funded by McMaster University, serving novel and scalable startups in the Hamilton, Greater Toronto and Niagara Regions. Launched in 2015, The Forge works hands-on with entrepreneurs to develop their business ideas from ideation and validation to growth. The Forge is sector agnostic and offers cohort-based programming. Clients receive expert mentorship, non-dilutive seed funding, investor introductions, office space, entrepreneurial workshops, access to a well-equipped makerspace and numerous services to ensure success. No equity is taken in the startups supported by The Forge.

Hackathons Outside McMaster

Hackathons Outside McMaster

 

Major League Hacking (MLH) is the official student hackathon league. They put together a list of some of the largest and most diverse student hackathons in the world. Have a look! 

Engineering Conferences

Hosted by the McMaster Engineering Society, FYEC is an opportunity for first year students in the Faculty of Engineering to learn about all the amazing resources and opportunities available to them in one convenient location. Events will include everything from presentations by, Engineering Co-op and Career Services, clubs and teams, the Canadian Federation of Engineering students to mental wellness and how to thrive during your time at McMaster.

The Canadian Chemical Engineering Conference takes place annually in different locations across the country. It aims to address the big challenges that the world is facing in human health, sustainable energy, natural resources, globalization and the environment. For more information, please visit the Canadian Chemical Engineering Conference.

Organized with the support of PEO, PEO-SC is a professional development conference that introduces delegates to the work of PEO and the benefits of obtaining a P.Eng license. Delegates are exposed to the licensing process and the PEO Student Membership Program and have an opportunity to listen to speakers discuss the future of the engineering profession in Ontario. For more information, please visit the Professional Engineers Ontario (PEO) Student Conference.

CDE provides students the tools required to reach their full potential within the engineering industry while also tackling everyday issues. The topic of equity, diversity and inclusion (EDI) although gaining traction, continues to require dialogue. These students will be given the opportunity to take part in the conservation, to further collaborate and innovate solutions in existing EDI problems. For more information, please visit the Conference on Diversity in Engineering.

The Canadian Engineering Leadership Conference is an annual, bilingual, student-run conference that has two primary objectives. The first is that CFES Congress is the annual general meeting of the CFES and the second is that it provides a platform from which students can collaborate with and learn from our industry partners, sponsors and fellow students. For more information, please visit the Canadian Engineering Leadership Conference.

FYIC is a leadership development conference for first-year students looking to get more involved in their respective engineering societies. Delegates are introduced to what CFES, PEO and OSPE are and how they work with ESSCO. For more information, please visit the Engineering Student Societies’ Council of Ontario (ESSCO) First Year Integration Conference.

CSE is a three-day, national conference that will gather top engineering students from across Canada to learn about sustainability and discuss its applicability to their engineering career and everyday life. For more information, please visit Conference on Sustainability in Engineering.

ESSCO AGM introduces the new council of VP Externals to ESSCO, PEO, OSPE and the CFES as well as their new role on council. The focus of this conference is leadership development and the sharing of best practices. This is achieved by having external speakers and previous ESSCO alumni run sessions and speak to delegates. For more information, please visit the Engineering Student Societies’ Council of Ontario (ESSCO) Annual General Meeting.

Held annually during March as part of National Engineering Month, Engineers Without Borders McMaster Chapter hosts the Global Engineering Conference. It focuses on engineering disciplines and societal issues which are being tackled in the field. Through panel discussions, case competitions, and interactive workshops, we create awareness and start a discussion revolving around the topic.

Other Clubs & Teams

Mac DECA U

Mac DECA U

Dream, Inspire, Achieve. Mac DECA U's goal it to foster a platform of opportunity for the business leaders of tomorrow by immersing them into an engaging competitive network of ambitious and passionate students that inspires each other's success through conference and competition.

McMaster Consulting Association

McMaster Consulting Association

The McMaster Consulting Association promotes Consulting as a career path to students of all faculties at the university. Their goals include raising awareness of the profession, as well as preparing members through various events and initiatives, to succeed and excel in the industry.

McMaster Model United Nations

McMaster Model United Nations

McMaster Model United Nations houses a big community of students that plan or engage with: Internal MUN "in-houses"/mock debates and workshops, speakers and other special events that are in tune with values and topics related to MUN, the annual MACMUN Conference, as well as sending teams or "delegations" of McMaster students to external conferences hosted by other universities or organizations in order to represent our university and club.

McMaster Undergraduate Academic Astronomy Club (MUAAC)

McMaster Undergraduate Academic Astronomy Club (MUAAC)

MUAAC aims to unite undergraduate students with a common passion for astronomy, regardless of field of study with astronomy-based resources on campus and highlight astronomical research at McMaster and abroad.

McMaster Canadian Coalition for Global Health Research Student Chapter (CCGHR)

McMaster Canadian Coalition for Global Health Research Student Chapter (CCGHR)

CCGHR McMaster is a student led initiative designed to foster research and networking in global health among university students across all disciplines and all levels of study. CCGHR hosts events such as workshops, career nights, and the Annual Global Health Forum, which is a collaboration between multiple universities.

International Genetically Engineering Machine McMaster (iGEM)

International Genetically Engineering Machine McMaster (iGEM)

The iGEM McMaster team works to solve problems in the synthetic biology field and bring their project to the annual iGEM competition to compete against other schools from around the world.

Rare Genomics Institute McMaster (MacRGI)

Rare Genomics Institute McMaster (MacRGI)

RGI McMaster is a branch of RGI, a non-profit organization that provides patients with rare genetic disorders access to research technologies and researchers across the globe. The RGI McMaster team works with researchers, professors, and patients to achieve this through several focus areas, including scientific advocacy, community engagement, scientific publications, and outreach.

Global Society for Genetics and Genome Biology at McMaster

Global Society for Genetics and Genome Biology at McMaster

The club is a chapter of the Global Society for Genetics and Genome Biology, which aims at offering exciting opportunities to learn about the field of Genetics through our regular events. Career Nights, Study Sessions, Fundraisers, and Publication Workshops are hosted by the club, where students get to network with the invited guest speakers and the executive team.

McMaster Public Health Association (MPHA)

McMaster Public Health Association (MPHA)

The mandate of the McMaster Public Health Association (MPHA) is to raise awareness about the field of public health, as well as to provide new opportunities to undergraduate students, allowing them to be represented at the local, national, and international level.

Mac Ethics

Mac Ethics

Mac Ethics aims to bring events to the McMaster community that stimulate discussion of different perspectives on wide-ranging ethical topics and to promote awareness of existing ethical issues.

In the News

McMaster Experimental Reduced Gravity Team launches first-ever re-flight experiment

February 19, 2021 /  Department News

McMaster Experimental Reduced Gravity Team launches first-ever re-flight experiment

On February 17, the McMaster Experimental Reduced Gravity Team (MERGE) boarded a Falcon 20 parabolic flight that simulated a reduced gravity atmosphere to continue their study of the sloshing effects of fuelling satellites in space.

Black History Month: Celebrating Black excellence in engineering

February 3, 2021 /  Department News

Black History Month: Celebrating Black excellence in engineering

To recognize Black History Month, McMaster Engineering celebrates the achievements of Black students, alumni and faculty and highlights new initiatives that will create a more inclusive environment.

McMaster Seismic Design Team competing among world's top 10 at annual design competition

February 28, 2020 /  Department News

McMaster Seismic Design Team competing among world's top 10 at annual design competition

The team will compete in the top 10 at this year's International Seismic Design Competition in San Diego, California.

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