Learning: Formula SAE requires student to apply their classroom knowledge into a real world product. Students also seek additional education to help improve the skills and knowledge necessary to create the most competitive product.

Who We Are

We are SAE @ UIC. We are a student-run engineering organization at the University of Illinois Chicago centered around the task of designing, building, and competing race cars. These competitions contain tasks that challenge not only the dynamics and reliability of the vehicles, but the management and documentation of the team as well. It is these challenges that ultimately give us the engineering and problem-solving experience that is invaluable in our search for greater careers beyond the classroom.

SAE @ UIC competes in both the Baja SAE® and the Formula SAE® competitions held each year. In addition to these competitions, the program here at UIC takes part in many outreach opportunities including K-12 school lectures, STEM events, company visits, and a booth at the Chicago Auto Show.

Engineering: Innovation is strongly emphasized by allowing teams a wide range of freedom with their designs. Designs are evaluated by industry professionals and students are asked to defend their design decision with supporting analysis.

Business: To simulate the most realistic business and engineering challenge, students must present detailed manufacturing and cost analysis that coincides with a business plan in order to take concept to commercialization.

Competitions: SAE competitions are international engineering design competition hosted by the Society of Automotive Engineers (SAE). The competition challenges students to design, manufacture, and race cars in. The competition is internationally regarded as one of the most rigorous collegiate competitions. Today, Formula SAE’s presence is worldwide with over 8 worldwide competitions and over 200 participating universities and those numbers continue to grow.

Blizzard Baja 2022



Baja is our longest running program here at SAE @ UIC. With a long and solid history of designs, competitions, and wisdom passed down, we take on the treacherous courses at multiple international competitions without fear.

Lawrence Tech 2022



Our Formula vehicle is the fastest and most complex vehicle we design. From custom circuit boards, to hand-laid carbon fiber, to fearless drivers, we pull out all the stops to prove ourselves out on the pavement.

Formula E meeting


Formula Electric

Formula Electric is our brand new Motorsports team. Tasked with adapting old gas Formula vehicles to all new electric drive systems, we are driving the way to the future of open-wheel racing.

Our members head to Accelerate Indoor Speedway to acquire bragging rights of being the best drivers in our society.


Alongside these engineering challenges, we face the challenge of preparing ourselves and fellow students for the professional world. Along the way, taking time to visit students in elementary school through high school to show the coming generation the opportunities that lie within programs like ours.

Chancellor Visits our shop to see how our cars are progressing during our production season.


We hold a great debt to the companies and programs that make these opportunities available to us through various contributions and dontations. Without these companies we would not get the chance to build these once-in-a-lifetime vehicles and help further our careers.


Contact us:

Email: society.automotive.engineers.uic@gmail.com


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Professor Jonathon Komperda

Faculty Advisor

Email: jonk@uic.edu

Mohamad El-Saghir


Email: melsag2@uic.edu


Amaan Hussain

Vice President

Email: ahussa52@uic.edu