What we do
UManitoba SAE is a student run organization made up of four design teams based out of the Engineering and Information Technology Complex (EITC) on the University of Manitoba's Fort Garry campus.
Each of these teams designs and builds a vehicle to bring to international competitions hosted by SAE International. At competition, these vehicles are judged in a variety of different manners ranging from design and performance to their marketability and cost. These vehicles must meet a strict set of rules regarding their design.
More than just engineers
The most common misconception about our design teams is that they are only for engineers. UManitoba SAE behaves just like a business, and because of that we need a variety of members to be successful. In addition to engineering, we also need people to help with media, business, and outreach. If you think you would be an asset to our team, contact us and we can find a way to put your talent to use.
No experience required
Any post-secondary student can join, whether you're in your undergrad, graduate studies, or getting your diploma. Most of the skills you need will be learned from your section mates and other members. All we ask are that our engineers:
Get hired by the best
In addition to the many great companies within Winnipeg, being an active member of an SAE design team makes you desirable to many prestigious employers internationally. As of 2017 we've had multiple members graduate to work for Tesla and Apple, as well as others compete in IndyCar and Formula 1. Here are some of our success stories:
Courtney Skene-Hamilton joined the UMSAE Aero Design team in 2007, contributing to the design and manufacture of multiple competition aircraft. She was the Aero team leader in the 2010-2011 competition year, where the team won the NASA Systems Engineering Award, earned first place for their technical presentation, and finished in the top ten overall.
Courtney graduated in 2011 and is working as part of the Space Systems group at Magellan Aerospace.
“My involvement in UMSAE was one of my most educational, challenging, exciting, and fun experiences. I gained so many valuable skills throughout my time on the team. From technical skills relating to design and manufacturing, to communication and project management skills, UMSAE provided the perfect opportunity to develop as an engineer, a team member, and a leader. Working as a team to accomplish a common goal, with such passionate team members, was an incredible and unforgettable experience.”
- Courtney Skene-Hamilton
Keith Edie joined the UMSAE Formula team in 2007, over the course of his 4 years on the team he held numerous positions including Formula Team Leader and participated in the design of over 4 vehicles.
Keith graduated in 2011 and now works for Ilmor Engineering in Plymouth Michigan as a Trackside Engineer for the Chrevolet Team in the IndyCar Racing Series.
"My time in UMSAE has helped me to develop both my task managment and practical engeering skills. What I have learnt in Formula SAE has given me the confidence to pursue a career in motorsport and a foot in the industries door."
- Keith Edie
Kris Goodmanson joined the UMSAE Aero team in 2009, over the course of his 3 years on the team he held numerous positions including Empennage Section Head, Payload Section Head, and Team Leader. Kris participated in the design of over 3 vehicles and graduated in 2012. Over the course of his 3 years, the team won several awards from Lockheed Martin, had a 2nd place international finish and back to back NASA.
My time in UMSAE has helped me to develop the important technical, practical, and management skills that are essential for the success in industry. UMSAE gives and allows the opportunities for development beyond the complementing engineering studies."
- Kris Goodmanson
Thomas Vogel joined the UMSAE Formula team in 2007, along the way he held various Design Lead positions and was appointed UMSAE Executive Chair in 2010. He participated in the design of four Formula cars and graduated at the end of the 2010. Over his years of involvement, the team progressed from a 64th overall place finish to 17th. In his final year with the team, he designed the University's first carbon fiber monocoque.
Thomas has now moved on to work as an Aero Design Engineer in Switzerland for Formula 1 team; SauberF1.
"My time with UMSAE has been and always will be one of the most memorable time of my life. I was able to give my studies a true meaning and in return UMSAE. Its projects gave me the experience necessary to reach my ultimate goal of working on Aerodynamics of Formula 1 cars while giving me the cutting edge over all other non UMSAE graduates in getting a job in the industry. UMSAE gave me technical Engineering skills, but also provided me with leadership, one-to-one interactions with Industry sponsors, and an 'outside the box' thinking process. My success would not be possible without the people I had the honor of working with on these projects and more importantly the support provided by the generous sponsors that allowed us to make our designs become reality."
John Hughes joined the Formula SAE team in 2008, becoming the Electrical Section Head in 2009 until graduating in 2010, and participated in 3 years of designs and builds. His 2010 thesis project (coauthor Michael Jean) focused on the design and implementation of the electrical and controls systems for the car that year, and won the IEEE Ted Glass award.
Since graduating the UofM in 2010, John has held positions at Iders Inc. in Manitoba, Honda Racing (HPD) in Los Angeles, Tesla Motors in the SF Bay Area, and in fall 2017 will be joining an autonomous driving group with Audi in Munich, Germany.
“I can probably credit nearly my entire career path to what started in the SAE workshop in Engineering E3. I was initially a Cs-get-degrees type student, but found such direct application of the course material to what we were working on, and such inspiration in Formula that I completely turned around and started working towards As and learning as much as I could on my own about everything. Coupled with the enormous hands-on, multidisciplinary exposure, Formula SAE set me up for the future.
Any engineering student seriously interested in pursuing a career in innovative companies like Tesla should be doing SAE. Having that on your resume is vastly more important than a 4.0 GPA. I’ve been on many interview panels, and heard it straight from Elon’s mouth.”
Mike Jean was an inaugural member of the Formula Hybrid team in 2008-09 where he designed the power delivery network and internal combustion engine controller. In 2009-10 he joined the Formula team and, together with John Hughes, designed the hardware and software for all aspects of the vehicle including driver controls, wireless telemetry, brake biasing and pneumatic transmission actuation. Together, they used their work as the basis for their capstone project and subsequently won the IEEE award for best undergraduate thesis at the University of Manitoba for 2010.
Presently Mike works for the iPhone hardware team at Apple in Cupertino, CA in a dual capacity as both a hardware and software engineer. He has been a key contributor to several areas such as haptics, biometrics and wireless charging.
"Without UMSAE, I don't believe any of the great career opportunities I've been afforded would have been possible. My thesis work (which was a direct derivative of my work on the team) was my key selling point to potential employers like Motorola and Apple. Involvement in SAE is highly respected by engineers whether they are past members or not; I believe this is because the challenges of SAE closely resemble the challenges we face in trying to ship new products to consumers.
Balancing coursework and teamwork, applying knowledge you've just learned, problem solving, designing for manufacturing and seeing projects through are vital skills for engineers and SAE gives students a massive head start on their peers. I'm very happy that my daily life still resembles those chaotic, challenging and fun days in the engine bay and the student lounge. It's exactly why I wanted to be an engineer.
Now that you know more about what joining UManitoba SAE can do you for, we encourage you to:
Learn more about our teams:
UMSAE Aero is a team that designs, builds, and flies an R/C aircraft to compete in the annual SAE Aero Design competition. The team's main objective is to design an aircraft that lifts the most payload and carries the most passengers represented by tennis balls. In effect, the team is tasked to replicate a real life airliner but in a much smaller scale. The team is currently just starting off its competition year, so there's plenty of opportunities to learn about the team and its structure from the ground up!
As a new member, you will have the opportunity to get involved with:
What you can get out of UMSAE Aero:
The main skill we're looking from an incoming member is willingness to learn and participate. Communication and thorough teamwork skills are also something we'd consider but no previous knowledge of aircraft theory or aerodynamics is required. If you've ever glued two pieces of wood together, and you're looking to make things fly, then UMSAE Aero is perfect for you!
~Jasjyot Barmi, UMSAE Polar Bear Aero Team Lead
The UMSAE Baja team designs, builds, and races an off-road vehicle in an international competition against other universities. The overall goal of the team is to design and build a single-seat, all terrain vehicle, equipped with a roll cage, that is durable and lightweight. The start of the year consists of a design phase, with the build season starting after Christmas. New members can be expected to be a part of the entire process, learning the design challenges as well as the build process.
Technical Skills Learned:
Soft Skills Learned:
~Jonathan Comeau, UMSAE Red Lion Racing Team Lead
Email your team of interest for more information
Fill out the UMSAE General Application Form
Please note you will need a Google account to fill out the form, and to access the team's documents on Google Drive