ABOUT US

We Build Robots, you can too

UTRA is the face of robotics at the University of Toronto. We design and build robots to compete in international competitions like RoboGames and the Intelligent Ground Vehicle Competition, among others. We have five different subteams that work independently and also host talks and workshops. Our mission is to foster interest in robotics and teach anybody who is interested all that they need to know to be able to contribute.

History

The U of T Robotics Association (UTRA) was created in the fall of 2004 by four engineering students passionate about building robots. Inspired by the spectacle of BattleBots—a thrilling show in which contestants build robots to engage in all-out battle—the founding group of UTRA students set their sights on Combat Robotics. After a few years of training and team development, UTRA battled at RoboGames for the first time in 2006. In the following years, they made many appearances and won several gold and bronze medals in the process.

With the momentum of success at RoboGames, UTRA expanded to new projects—the Autonomous Firefighter Robot and RoboSoccer—and it obtained space and partnerships with external organizations, such as TD and the Engineering Society. UTRA joined with UTAIR, the U of T Artificial Intelligence and Robotics club, to work together on the Firefighter project, while Combat remained UTRA’s flagship team.

In 2008, under new leadership, UTRA established the Sumo program, fostering spirited in-house competition among teams and a strong learning experience for beginners. In a consolidation of the Firefighter and RoboSoccer teams, the Autonomous Rover Team (ART) was founded, and ART has since built a fully functional autonomous rover and participated in several international competitions.

In 2010, recognizing the rapid advances in 3D printing and their importance to manufacturing and other fields, UTRA created a fourth team dedicated to this technology. Initially coined the RepRap team, UTRA 3DP built a Mini-Kossel 3D Printer and continues to keep up with the most recent developments in the field. Finally, in 2014, UTRA initiated the Top Secret Project, rounding out the five subteams that the club is comprised of today.

Current Executive Team
Admin
Crystal Liu
President
Mech 1T8
Khaled Khalil
VP Operations
Indy 2T0
Larry Kei
VP Partnerships
Civ 1T8
Syed Kamran
VP Communications
EngSci 1T8
Directors
Johnny Zou
Webmaster
ECE 2T0
Zoe Wen
Marketing & Graphics
ECE 2T0
Raman Mangla
Marketing & Graphics
Paul D'Pong
Sponsorship & Finance
Helen (Yiru) Wang
Sponsorship & Finance
Yuxuan Yao
Sponsorship & Finance
Bao Tian Fu
Treasurer
ECE 2T1
Team Leads
Chloe Shao
3DP
Mech 2T0
Jiyu Nam
3DP
EngSci 2T0
Jennifer Doan
3DP
James Xu
ART
EngSci 2T0
Rishikesh Devsot
ART
ECE 2T0
Sarp Kavalcioglu
Light Combat
ECE 2T0
Michelle Ji
Light Combat
Mech 2T0
Michael Ding
Heavy Combat
Stephen Ye
Heavy Combat
Katie Chiang
SUMO
ECE 2T0
Michael Ruan
SUMO
EngSci 2T1
Kailin Hong
SUMO
EngSci 2T1
Farwa Khan
SUMO
ECE 1T9
Jason Wang
Robot Soccer
Shahryar Rajabzadeh
Robot Soccer
EngSci 1T9 + PEY
Daniel Campo
Robot Soccer
Tyler Gamvrelis
Robot Soccer
Edward Luo
PacBot
EngSci 2T1
Past Executive Team

2017 - 2018

Admin

Michelle Leung
President
Gallop Fan
VP Operations
Crystal Liu
VP Partnerships
Syed Kamran
VP Communications

Directors

Johnny Zou
Webmaster
Zoe Wen
Marketing & Graphic Design
Yudian Shi
Marketing & Graphic Design

Team Leads

Brian Aly
ART
Oleg Milyutin
ART
Jessie Hu
Light Combat
Ganeshan Sivakumaran
Light Combat
Crystal Liu
Heavy Combat
Wesley Heung
3DP
Charles Bullingham
3DP
Abhishek Arya
SUMO
Khaled Khalil
SUMO
Susan Wang
SUMO
Jason Wang
Robot Soccer
Shahryar Rajabzadeh
Robot Soccer

2016 - 2017

Admin

Gallop Fan
President
Michelle Leung
VP Operations
Crystal Liu
VP Partnerships
Syed Kamran
VP Communications

Directors

Chokpisit Kasemphaibulsuk
Treasurer
Larry Kei
Marketing & Graphic Design
Tabitha Maeda
Marketing & Graphic Design
Wesley Heung
Website & Social Media
Kathryn Yu
Website & Social Media
Lidia Injac
Robinar & Business Dev
Kasra Koushan
Robinar & Business Dev
Oishe Farhan
Sponsorship & Finance

Team Leads

Brian Aly
ART
Charles Bullingham
ART
Albert Liu
Combat
Alan Stagg
Combat
Dhruv Chawla
3DP
Oreoluwa Kolade
3DP
Reem Tawfik
SUMO
Kevin He
SUMO
Mahsa Naserifar
Robot Soccer
Sabrina Lokman
Robot Soccer
Gallop Fan
UTRA X
Arkady Arkhangorodsky
UTRA X

2015 - 2016

Admin

Adam Chan
Co-President
Jason Wang
VP External
Chiora Mba-Uzoukwu
VP Internal

Directors

Akshaya Sekar
Treasurer
Abe Ratnofsky
Marketing Director
Crystal Liu
Sponsorship
Clare Kim
Sponsorship
Harley Lee
Sponsorship
Arkady Arkhangorodsky
Webmaster
Kasra Koushan
Archivist
Andrew Romano
Technical Lead for Robonars

Team Leads

Chengran (Harvey) Zhang
ART
Sandro Young
ART
Liam Horrigan
Combat
Andrew Effat
Combat
Michelle Leung
RepRap
Dhruv Chawla
RepRap
Aron Sankar
SUMO
Gallop Fan
SUMO
Tim Tang
Top Secret
Paul Seufert
Top Secret
Get In Touch
Come check us out in Room 015D of the Myhal Centre for Engineering Innovation and Entrepreneurship!
MY 015D at 55 St George St, Toronto, ON M5S 1A4