Through AIChE, students are able to participate in several technical projects, one of which is Chem-E-Car. In Chem-E-Car, students work together to build a shoebox-sized car fueled and stopped purely by chemical reactions. This project allows students to design, research, and experiment with chemical schemes to accomplish this purpose. Every year, the Chem-E-Car teams at UCLA compete in the regional Chem-E-Car competition, which allows students to apply their chemistry and engineering knowledge to a tangible engineering problem. This past year, two teams from UCLA competed at Western Regional Conference, placing second and ninth. The team that placed second will represent UCLA at the National AIChE Conference in Minneapolis, Minnesota in late October 2017. In addition to building a car, AIChE at UCLA hosts a workshop series to spark interest in first years, transfers, and others who are looking to join the team in the future, more than doubling the size of those involved in the project.
Chem-E-Car is led by Demetri Nicolaou and Zubin Mishra.
2017 Western Regional Conference