What we do

The American Institute of Chemical Engineers, AIChE, annually hosts both regional and national conferences for students and professionals alike. A major part of each conference revolves around the Chem-E Car competition, in which multiple universities compete to demonstrate their ability to apply knowledge outside the classroom. Student teams have the autonomy to construct a car using a variety of chemical reactions, materials, and methods that meet all the design and safety requirements held by the AIChE.

Design

Teams build cars that run and stop off a chemical reaction. These cars must be small, able to carry a load of 0-500 grams, and must be able to travel up to 100 meters.

Safety

Working with chemicals comes with inherent safety concerns. The job of the team is to mitigate any risks through design of the car, proper handling of chemicals, and always wearing proper protection gear.

Fundraising

No project can be finished without proper funding. That is why the team works hard to raise funds to cover costs of building the car and going to the competition.

We are proud to have a large team with members from all around the US. We believe diversity and collaboration are integral parts of team work.
Gabriel Goenaga

Gabriel Goenaga

Faculty Advisor

Hometown(s):
Knoxville, TN
Barranquilla, Colombia

No. of Semester with the Team:
Thirteen

Maria Bruce

Maria Bruce

Co-Captain

Hometown(s):
Maryville, TN


No. of Semesters with the Team:
Eight

Lacey Roberts

Lacey Roberts

Co-Captain

Hometown(s):
Loudon, TN
Rochester, MN
No. of Semesters with the Team:
Eight

Hana Gouto

Hana Gouto

Fundraising Coordinator

Hometown(s):
Memphis, TN
Virginia Beach, VA

No. of Semesters with the Team:
Three

Jason Chung

Jason Chung

Hometown(s):
Cleveland, TN

No. of Semesters with the Team:
Five

Lucas Kilpatrick

Lucas Kilpatrick

Hometown(s):


No. of Semesters with the Team:
Three

Matthew Bush

Matthew Bush

Hometown(s):
White House, TN

No. of Semesters with the Team:
Three

Lily Hawk

Lily Hawk

Hometown(s):


No. of Semesters with the Team:
One

Sarah Desai

Sarah Desai

Hometown(s):


No. of Semesters with the Team:
One

Nicolas Brockman

Nicolas Brockman

Hometown(s):


No. of Semesters with the Team:
One

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Christopher Walker

Engineer & Photographer
The University of Tennessee

The University of Tennessee

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Welcome Back Jason & Hana!

Jason Chung and Hana Gouto both have completed 3 semester rotations for a cooperative education. Welcome them back to UT and the Chem-E Car team! Jason Chung Jason Chung worked at Bayer in Cleveland, TN Read more…

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Our New Team Leaders!

With a new year comes new challenges. Lucky for us with have two great people leading us to Regionals! Welcome our new co-captains, Maria Bruce and Lacey Roberts. They are excited to bring in new Read more…

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See you later, Brooke!

See you later, Brooke!  Senior team member, Brooke Ballard, just finished her last finals season for over a year! She will be going on cooperative education just outside Chicago from January to August 2018, then Read more…

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Congrats Gold Water Scholar!

Congratulations to our team captain, Christopher Neal, for being selected for the prestigious Gold Water Scholar Program. He has definitely earned this award with his relentless dedication to excellence!

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Shout Out To Our Awesome Leaders!

We love our leadership! Say hello to Christopher Neal (Captain), Gabriel Goenga (Faculty Adviser), and Catherine Weiss (Co-Captain). We are very excited to see what this veteran leadership team will come up with for the 2018 Read more…

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