Why Participate in SPEED?
Clarkson's SPEED Teams have captured four national championships in the past six years.
Design, Build, Fly, SAE Clean Snowmobile, & Construction Management took home top honors.
Fact: 100% of SPEED Teams are student-run. Students manage everything from recruiting members and setting budgets to bringing designs to life. Teams average 15 to 20 members, so participants build skills in leadership, teamwork and communication.
Fact: Employers demand SPEED skills. Get real-world experience that looks great on a résumé and attests to your ability to strategize, solve problems and achieve results. And, because many teams are sponsored by companies that hire Clarkson students for internships and jobs, SPEED can give your career a boost.
Our SAE Clean Snowmobile Team placed 1st overall in 2022.
Face a New Challenge
Each of our 13 SPEED Teams centers on addressing a unique challenge. Uncover a solution by applying classroom lessons to an in-depth, months-long project that pits you against some of the nation's best thinkers and doers. In the process, you collaborate with other students, exchange ideas and make friends for life.
Large Vehicle Project Teams
Design a single-seat, all-terrain vehicle good enough to thrive in the sand, snow or wherever the Society of Automotive Engineers (SAE) sends you. Go head-to-head against other schools from around the world.
Design, build and test a prototype open-wheel racecar from the chassis up as part of Formula Knights Racing, a.k.a. Mini Indy. Once you're ready to race, you'll put wheels to the pavement at the Michigan International Speedway.
SAE Clean Snowmobile Challenge
Build a next-gen hybrid snowmobile that uses Flex-Fuel and electric power for an environmentally friendly, quiet ride. Work closely with corporate sponsors, who provide up-to-the-minute components.
Small Vehicle Project Teams
Design and build a shoebox-sized car that stops and starts using just a chemical reaction. Your car is judged by how closely it covers a given distance — but the catch is, you won't know that goal until just before the competition.
Design, Build, Fly
Your mission: develop a plane that meets the requirements set by the American Institute of Aeronautics and Astronautics. Then, head to Arizona or Kansas, which alternate as hosts to the annual competition, and take to the skies against the best aero schools in the world.
Cheap people-powered transportation could be a game-changer in remote, developing regions. Go wheel-to-wheel with 50 other schools in this annual competition sponsored by the American Society of Mechanical Engineers. Into e-bikes? This is your team, as AMSE has added electrical assist to the eHPV Challenge.
AUV or Underwater Robotics
Design and fabricate from the ground up a Submersible Autonomous Underwater Vehicle to perform underwater functions and participate in the MATE-ROV competition with the goal of attending RoboSub in the future.
Building and Construction Teams
Can you pull together an RFP for a major construction project in just 13 hours? At the annual conference and job fair hosted by the Associated Schools of Construction, prepare to split into teams to craft workable proposals.
Design and construct a take-apart steel bridge that’s easy to build, relatively light and able to withstand incredibly heavy loads in an annual competition sponsored by the American Institute of Steel Construction (AISC) and the American Society of Civil Engineers (ASCE).
Forget about carbon, kevlar and other lightweight materials — in this competition, you vie to see who can paddle the fastest (and stay afloat) in a concrete canoe.
Welcome to the Machine Shop
Great projects need great tools. Every SPEED Team member gets access to our Student Prototyping Machine Shop, where you can learn to use CNC milling machines and lathes, welding gear, water-jet cutters and more equipment.