For students in the Department of Mechanical Engineering, there are numerous ways to get involved:
- American Society of Mechanical Engineers (ASME) is a not-for-profit professional organization promoting the art, science and practice of mechanical and multidisciplinary engineering and allied sciences. As a member of the student section of ASME at the Christian Brothers University, students have the opportunity to enhance leadership skills, build relationships with peers and alumni, and network with business leaders and industry professionals. They participate in a wide variety of activities and services throughout the year:
- Industrial tours
Joint meetings with the local ASME parent section
Attend and participate in regional and national ASME meetings
- Network with guest speakers from business and industry
- Gain leadership skills as an officer in the local Section
- Scholarship opportunities for upperclassmen
- ASME Student Professional Development Conference (SPDC) introduces students to ASME and provides a forum to train future ASME officers and leaders. In addition, SPDC is the setting for various ASME student competitions. CBU mechanical engineering students attend this conference annually, competing in academic and professional activities with regional engineering schools. Competitions in student design, technical paper writing, and presentation strengthen their personal and professional development while enhancing skills in oral presentation, written communication, and real-time problem solving.
- The CBU Rover Challenge Team (formerly the Moonbuggy Team) was established in 2000 as a student project team and competes annually at the NASA Human Exploration Rover Challenge (formerly The Great Moonbuggy Race) at the U.S. Space & Rocket Center in Huntsville, AL. The objective of the challenge is for students to design, build, and race a human-powered, collapsible vehicle over a half-mile obstacle course of simulated extraterrestrial terrain of craters, boulders, ridges, inclines, crevasses and ruts.
As a member of the CBU Rover Challenge Team, mechanical engineering students have the opportunity to design an innovative, human-powered vehicle from scratch in the CBU Manufacturing Lab. The project simulates real-world problem solving circumstances and hands on learning. Students work in teams consisting of upper and lower classman and spend approximately 5 to 15 hours a week working on the project without receiving classroom credit.
- The CBU Baja Team was established in 2009 and has competed in the SAE Baja Competition every year since. The SAE Baja Competition is an intercollegiate design competition run by the Society of Automotive Engineers (SAE). Teams of students from universities all over the world design and build small off-road cars that are raced over the harshest elements of rough terrain.
As a member of the CBU Baja Team, mechanical engineering students have the opportunity to design, fabricate, and construct an off-road vehicle from scratch in the CBU Manufacturing Lab. In addition to the typical degree course load, team members spend approximately 5 to 15 hours a week working on the project without receiving classroom credit. The project allows members to apply classroom theory to a real world problem while enhancing teamwork and project management skills.