Missouri S&T design team experience prepares students for success in whatever endeavor they may choose.  

Design team membership is open to, and encouraged of, students of any major, interest,  background or age, and provides an immediate sense of community to students new to the college experience.

These student-led teams, whether competing with racecars or rockets, concrete canoes or robots, learn the organizational problem-solving process essential for the successful development of a market-ready product.  Business, marketing, logistics, communications and teamwork skills that design teams incorporate in their day-to-day operations mirror the global design process used in industry world-wide.  

Design team members network with industry professionals and students from competing schools alike, forming personal and professional realtionships that can lead to rewarding careers.

S&T design team veterans "know how to think on their feet, don’t mind getting their hands dirty, and are ready to contribute on their first day at work” say many firms who hire our team members, and why so many businesses aggressively recruit S&T students with design team experience.

Twenty interdisciplinary design teams provide over 1,300 S&T students with leadership, networking and technical learning opportunities through industry-sponsored design competitions. Other students get life-changing global experience by tackling economic and health—related infrastructure problems in developing nations.

Each team mirrors our philosophy of “Learn, Succeed, Have Fun," so sign up and have some fun!

Miner Aviation

 miner Aviation

Build a complex radio-controlled aircraft that performs specific, competition-mandated flight functions.  Add weight 'til it won't fly anymore.

Or it crashes.

Contact: Annika Highley

Baja SAE

Grown up dirtbikes

"Design, Build, Race, Wreck, Repeat." Develop and operate a prototype off-road vehicle for a hypothetical market. Blend cost with capability, season with durability, and then spend four hours trying to destroy it.

Contact: Rachel Thaemert

Chem E Car

 powered by chemistry

Develop a small, self-driving vehicle whose starting, stopping, speed, and distance functions are all controlled by on-board chemical reactions.

Contact: Trevor Vogan

Concrete Canoe

Old material, new tricks

There isn't much of a market for concrete canoes, but there is a market for young engineers who can "bend" materials to their will. Re-engineer concrete so it can't sink, then prove it by chasing other universities's canoe teams around a lake.

Contact: Chase Crossan


dig deeper

Design and build a prototype drilling rig that can autonomously drill through a rock sample of unknown density. The competition advances automation in the mining process.

Contact: Aaron Roth
amr5xd@mst.edu - drillbotics@mst.edu

Engineers Without Borders

different countries, same goal

Not a competion in the sense of other S&T design teams, S&T-EWB takes on real-world problems in under-developed conmunities.   Students establish multi-year parterships with remote communities in Central and South America to solve health, economic, and quality-of-life challenges.  Their sanitation and clean water projects save lives. 

Contact: Alex Davis

Formula Electric

Design. build. race. repeat.

Electric propulsion is moving from your driveway to the racetrack.  Use the latest battery technology to build a torque-crazy autocross vehicle that can outperform its gas-fueled cousins.

Contact: James Meisch

Formula SAE

miners go faster

Learn global automotive product development from the seat of a car that provides nearly 3 G's of acceleration. In the past five years S&T FSAE has twice been ranked among the world's top ten teams, (98th percentile) and sats atop the list of U.S. teams for 2016-2017.

Contact: Jacqueline Stock

Rocket Design Team

Rocket Design Team

Learn a NASA-like process for building rockets. Produce your own rocket fuel to launch your high-powered rocket to 30,000 feet. Then enlist middle- and high-school students to design your scientific payloads. Keep your eyes on the sky.

Contact: Amy Costa

Human Powered Vehicle

Fast, by design

Your all-weather utility/fun vehicle; lightweight, fast, practical, and non-polluting. Much cheaper than a car, and you can park it anywhere.

Contact: Sarah Morrison
skmxv4@mst.edu or humanpowered@mst.edu


Design. network. achieve.

Re-engineer the environment. Splice bacterial DNA to develop "machines" that can help track, offset, or solve biological threats, and share that data to benefit mankind.

Contact: Erin Nischwitz
enc52st.edu - igem@mst.edu

Mars Rover

today. tomorrow. forever.

Photo from Rover's 2015 Competition

When astronauts reach the surface of Mars they'll need a different kind of "assistant." Design prototype Mars rovers today that will go to the Red Planet tomorrow, and expand mankind's knowledge of the cosmos forever.

Contact: Andrew Rausch

Multirotor Robot

Fly the future

Build fully autonomous flying robots that push the boundries of what aerial platforms can do. From bridge inspections to crop yield analysis, work to revolutionize the future of unmanned flight.

Contact: Innocent Niyibizi

Nuclear Science

a future with fusion 

Public domain atom image

Develop an original idea or concept related to the nuclear field, write a paper about it and submit it to a national competition. But the Miners will go one step further, building their own Inertial Electrostatic Confinement (IEC) fusor to prove their theories.

Contact: Jacob Davis

Underwater Robotics

missions in the Ocean workplace

Develop underwater Remotely Operated Vehicles (ROVs) to ensure the health and safety of the world's port cities.

Contact:  Austin Renwick


Solar Car

Driving the future

Solar Miner during the 2016 American Solar Challenge, somewhere over Southern MO

Build and race entirely solar powered vehicles, then see the USA (Australia, Canada, and China, too!) from the cockpit of a >500-lb, 65mph electric car. No charging stations needed.

Contact: Ellie Lunte

Solar House

rise with us

Nest Home - 2015 Solar Decathlon

Design your own energy-efficient residential oasis. Change the U.S. housing market by focusing on long-term costs of home ownership instead of the price of a home.

Contact: Ryanne Linn

Steel Bridge

bridge hard

Rehearse building a real bridge, for a real customer. Efficiency, aesthetics, cost, strength, and construction speed form the basis for your project's "bid".

Contact: Brendan Judge