Student Clubs and Organizations
BCOE student clubs and organizations play a large part in student success. These student organizations focus on professional and technical development, recruiting opportunities, and compete in national competitions.
IEEE - Eta Kappa Nu Honor Society
Unmanned Aerial Systems
The Unmanned Aerial Systems team is a project that is co-hosted by the IEEE-UCR student branch. They consist of around 40 students that work to build and compete a UAV in the AUVSI SUAS competition. In this competition there plane will autonomously take off, fly, and land while also searching for letter shaped targets on the ground. They also complete simulated aid drops, virtual obstacle avoidance, and security audits of their system. They have consistently climbed through the ranks, placing as high as 8th against over 50 teams from all over the world and placing the highest of any Californian team.
IEEE’s RoboSub team works to build an Unmanned Underwater Vehicle, or UUV, to compete in RoboNations RoboSub competition. In this competition they build a submarine that is able to autonomously navigate through the course between various underwater targets as well radio beacons. They must also work to build a manipulator in order to complete underwater manipulation tasks and a rudimentary torpedo system that is capable of finding and targeting underwater targets. While one of our newest projects they have built a function submarine for the past two years and passed the preliminaries, a feat that is not accomplished by most teams.
The Solar Car is our youngest, but most up and coming projects. They are a pivot of previous year’s electric car project. They made the decision to change from electric to full solar in order to compete in the American Solar Challenge. They are excited and working hard to take what they learned from building their car and apply it to their new project. They have received a lot of support from the local community as well receiving $15,000 of funding from the Riverside Public Utilities.
Micro Mouse is a project to build a robot that can autonomously map and solve a maze and then see how fast your robot can move from the starting cell to the center of the maze. Micro Mouse is unique among our projects because there are usually five teams of about three students each. In this projects students are able to work on much more of the design than they would on a larger project. It is also unique due the high volume of freshmen who compete due in large part to the workshops offered by our robotics coordinator on basic robotics concepts needed to compete.
EE 10 Workshop
IEEE has been working with the department to put on our EE 10 workshops that pair with the EE 10 lectures that freshmen are required to take. We host these workshops to help freshmen get that first taste of electrical engineering. We teach them basic programming, basic circuit design, and arduino prototyping.
Our robotics workshops are designed to teach freshmen all the necessary skills to compete in the micro mouse competition. Some of the covered skills include sensor, motors, controls, and circuit design. This is run over the fall and winter quarters and helps students to form teams to compete in the micromouse competitions.
In this workshop series we teach the basics of android programming. We focus on the skills that relate to IoT applications. Many students go through this workshop series with the intent to work it into their own projects. The skills that people take away from these workshops are interface design, bluetooth communication, and interfacing with the on board sensors.
Merit Badge Day
Merit Badge day is IEEE's biggest outreach event and is hosted twice a year. At each event we host 150 boy scouts and help them to earn various STEM related merit badges. We help them learn various skills relating to these badges including soldering, circuit analysis, robotics, and programming. It is one of the most rewarding events for our student members and has over 50 volunteers each time.
ECE day is a day-long event hosted by IEEE to help promote interaction between the undergraduate population, the faculty, and industry representatives. To this end, we organize an event where we have faculty and industry professionals speaking to us about various technical and professional topics. We received lots of positive feedback from those who attended and look forward to hosting it again this year.
Citrus Hack and Cutie Hack
Citrus Hack is an annual 36 hour hackathon meant to try to develop students' skills in their engineering fields. We create a positive atmosphere perfect for working and getting a project done. The students start a project with a team of up to 4 members and hopefully finish by the end of the hackathon. They will then demonstrate these projects to industry members and professional engineers. The judges will then choose winners in certain categories to reward the team members of their hard work.
During the hackathon, we host workshops on certain skills, provide guest speakers to give insight on how to pursue goals, and even play games. We try to make the event as fun as possible while trying to create an amazing outcome. The organizers also provide free shirts, swag, and every sign meal of the three days is completely free.