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 SAEĀ® and the Formula SAEĀ® 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.


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.


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 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.


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.


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.