• Outside the Classroom,
    Into the Pool
    Student engineers design, build, test, and race a human-powered
    submarine, applying classroom concepts in exciting contexts.
  • A Fully-Flooded Submarine
    Powered by a Single Scuba Diver
    9-month production schedule to drafting plans for a new sub or designing improvements for an existing sub,
    including materials sourcing, manufacturing and assembly, diver training, and testing.
  • Racing
    Against the World
    Each summer, the team competes in an international competition
    which tests the sub's speed and agility against other teams from around the world.

WHAT WE DO

Our student engineers execute the design, build, and test stages from start to finish.

Physics and Engineering Theory, Applied

Students on the team use computational fluid dynamics to predict the hull's hydrostatics and top speed, and finite element analysis to validate highly stressed parts of the drivetrain.

Integrating New Technologies

Designers model the submarine from nosecone to propellers on computer-aided-design software to draft out solutions and visualize changes to the build plan.

Machining Every Part

Students also learn several fabrication techniques, including precision CNC machining, fiberglass layup, and vacuum bagging, 3D printing, and welding.

Scuba Diver Navigation

The sub is internally flooded, requiring the pilot to breathe from a SCUBA cylinder. Much like a bike, the pilot pedals to turn the propellers and has a joystick for steering.

“You'd be hard-pressed to find a vehicle that presents more difficulties. It's exactly this impracticality, however, that makes the competition such a magnet for engineers who love a good puzzle.”

NAVAL

25%

MECHANICAL

35%

OTHER ENGINEERING

35%
27

ACTIVE MEMBERS

100%

STUDENT CONTRIBUTION

7

UNIQUE HULL BUILDS

5+

RACE AWARDS

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SPONSORS MAKE IT HAPPEN

With over $35,000 of annual costs, our operation is no easy undertaking. We rely on fully tax-deductible donations to fund build and race expenses.

Read about the benefits we provide to the sponsors who allow us to keep asking "What next?"

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