Welcome to the About page of the Oregon State Chem-E-Car Club website!
Chem-E-Car is AIChE's (American Institute of Chemical Engineers) annual competition aimed to engage college students in designing and constructing a shoe-box-sized car powered and stopped by chemical reactions. The car must also safely carry a specified load over a given distance. Students compete in a regional competition to qualify for the national competition.
In addition to the car competition, students also participate in a poster session where they present their unique power and stopping chemical reaction along with other attributes of their cars to judges.
Student Chapters in the Pacific Northwest Region:

  • Montana State University
  • Oregon State University
  • Washington State University
  • University of British Columbia
  • University of Idaho
  • University of Washington

OSU has two Chem-E-Car teams, Fuel Cell and Experimental, that work both independently and together throughout the engineering process. The Fuel Cell team creates a car that is powered by a hydrogen fuel cell and works on various stopping mechanisms that concerns the breaking of an electric circuit. The Experimental team works on developing a new powering mechanism and is often experimenting with a variety of electro-chemical reactions.

Students from all majors are welcome! You should not be deterred from joining this club just because you aren't a Chemical Engineering major. Some of the things we do in this club are:

  • 3D Modeling & Printing
  • Designing/Building Electrical Circuits
  • Manufacturing Parts
  • Chemical Reactions
  • Travelling to Competitions
  • Fundraising/Establishing Industry Connections

If you are interested in joining the club, you can come to one of our meetings announced here. Or you can contact one of our club leaders or advisors here. If you would like to subscribe to our listserv and receive club emails, click here.
Students can join the Facebook group here: https://www.facebook.com/groups/chemcarosu/