Engineering Student Groups

At Ryerson Engineering we have over 50 student groups, including 15 design teams and 6 course unions. There are so many different ways to kickstart your involvement!

"I started the SEA team in 2019. I have always had a passion for sustainable innovation and I wanted to create opportunities for younger students who are interested in this growing field as well. We hope to define sustainability, explore its applications in engineering, and innovate towards a more sustainable future."
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Nicole Pfeifer
Ryerson SEA

Design Teams

With a stronger focus on technical skills, design teams are where you can put your practical skills on display! They are a great way to get hands-on experience on different projects, whether it be building a Formula car or creating a hyperloop pod! So if you want to participate in exciting competitions across Canada, or even the world and make long lasting partnerships, do consider joining a design team!

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Ryerson Baja
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Mechanical Engineering Course Union

Course Unions

Course unions are each focused on representing the 8 disciplines here in RyEng. The 6 course unions are:

  1. ACU for Aerospace
  2. BECU for Biomed
  3. RyeChemU for Chemical
  4. RSCE for Civil
  5. RECESS for both Electrical and Computer
  6. MECU for Mechanical and Industrial 

Most course union positions are available through an election at the end of each winter semester, but they will always be looking for first year students in the beginning of the fall semester to act as first-year representatives! 

Chapter Organizations

Chapters are each a small piece of a greater organization. Some examples of these are IISE, Institute of Industrial and Systems Engineers, as well as EWB, Engineers without Borders. 

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American Society of Mechanical Engineers
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INterest Groups

Interest groups are great for exploring new passions! Whether you have a love for problem-solving or a passion for sustainability, groups such as RU Hacks and Sustainability Engineering Association are full of exciting opportunities. The skills you gain in engineering can be used in many different forms, and these interest groups can get really creative in pulling out the most of your hidden talents!


Ryerson Rocketry

2018 Spaceport America Cup - SDL Payload Challenge (2ᴺᴰ Place)
2017 Spaceport America Cup - 30k C.O.T.S. (2ᴺᴰ Place)

Ryerson Rocketry is a design team run by Aerospace students from Ryerson Engineering, this team managed to get the Second Place award for 2018 SDL Payload Challenge and the 2017 30k C.O.T.S. Challenge in Spaceport America Cup which is a competition that takes place in America With over 1700 students from 150 different teams from colleges and universities in eleven countries taking part in it.

Ryerson Engineering Concrete Toboggan Team

2019 GNCTR - 1st place Overall
2019 GNCTR - King of the Hill
2019 GNCTR - Best Performing Overall
2019 GNCTR - Most Improved

Great Northern Concrete Toboggan Race (GNCTR for short) is a multidisciplinary challenge, where teams must construct a toboggan that can safely hold five riders with concrete running surfaces, fully functional steering and braking systems, a completely enclosed roll cage, and weigh less than 300lbs. 


Ryerson Concrete Toboggan team is an engineering design team run mostly by Mechanical and Civil Engineering students from Ryerson university, the team managed to absolutely dominate the 2019 GCNTR competition by getting 4 different awards in the competition through making improvements to the 2018 design.

Ryerson International Hyper-Loop Team

2016 SpaceX Hyperloop competition - Subsystem Innovation Award

In the fall of 2015, three graduate students from Ryerson University in Toronto, Ontario set out to begin work on an exciting project of the design and development of a deployable wheel system for the SpaceX Hyperloop competition in January 2016 in Texas. With the addition of industry and faculty advisors and company sponsors, Ryerson’s International Hyperloop Team (RIHT) joined the “Subsystem Category” to compete against over 120 student teams from over 20 countries around the world.

Thriving through many elimination phases prior to the competition weekend, RIHT took home the “Subsystem Innovation Award” from SpaceX, the only Canadian team to be awarded at the January competition!

Ryerson Concrete Canoe

2019 Canadian National Concrete Canoe Competition - 10th Place

CNCCC is a global competition where universities from Canada, US and Mexico compete against each other by building a concrete canoe. For the last 24 years, these universities are building concrete canoes and are evaluated on academic, technical and sports aspects. being placed the 10th team might not seem like a huge milestone for Ryerson’s team, but with their limited budget, they placed higher than classy teams such as Windsor, Waterloo, Queens and Western.

Ryerson Engineers Without Borders

Raising more than 600$ for Second Harvest

Second Harvest is the largest food rescue organization in Canada and global thought leader on food recovery. They work across the supply chain from farm to retail to capture surplus food before it ends up in the landfill which negatively impacts the environment. last year, through a series of fundraising events, Ryerson Chapter of Engineers Without Borders managed to raise more than 600$ for this charity.

Ryerson Rams Robotics (R3)

2019 University Rover Challenge (URC) - 2nd place

The University Rover Challenge (URC) is the world’s premier robotics competition for college students.  Held annually in the desert of southern Utah in the United States, URC challenges student teams to design and build the next generation of Mars rovers that will one day work alongside astronauts exploring the Red Planet.


R3 has been developing and testing Mars rovers for the University Rover Challenge for the past three years with the original aim of placing in the top 5. Since their original entry, they have placed 21st in their first year (2017) and 15th in our second year (2018) but With hard work and sheer determination, R3 managed to implement and develop new concepts and design for their Mars Rover and be placed 2nd in their third try in the 2019 competition.