RPM’s mission centers around assisting and motivating students at Nile University to engage in projects and take part in national and international competitions. The primary goal is to enable students to gain technical skills and practical experience throughout the process, thereby cultivating an enriched environment conducive to knowledge exchange and the dissemination of information in a compelling and enjoyable manner.
Mazen Ahmed, the founder of the RPM Club at Nile University, was a mechatronics engineering student. Mazen and a group of dedicated students actively participated in various challenging technical competitions and research projects throughout their studies at NU. Notably, Mazen's team achieved a continuous streak of three competition victories in different categories, including robotics, software, innovation, and entrepreneurship. Recognizing that graduating students often lose the knowledge and experience they have accumulated, Mazen felt compelled to create a platform where this valuable expertise could be shared and preserved. Motivated by the belief that knowledge is best spread through teaching, Mazen gathered talented individuals who shared his vision. Driven by their passion and the desire to disseminate knowledge and experiences, Mazen and his team embarked on building the pillars of RPMUS, later shortened to RPM. The club aimed to engage individuals in research and projects within competitive categories, providing monitoring and mentoring by experienced club members to uplift and support participants.
The goal was to empower students to become better, accumulate knowledge and experience, and continue the cycle by sharing their newfound expertise with others. After founding the club and rallying numerous individuals around their idea, the RPM Club decided to focus on the most challenging competitions available. Over the years, the club has continued to grow and improve, achieving notable successes along the way. In the first two years, under the leadership of Ahmed Atef and Youssef Elbadry, respectively, the club excelled in EVER competitions. They built their first electric car and won the financial competition in the first year while securing first place in the EVER-Racing competitions in the second year. Continuing on their path of excellence, the RPM Club has recently participated in numerous competitions, experiencing rapid growth and evolution. Mazen Ahmed's journey as the founder of the RPM Club is a testament to the power of collaboration, knowledge sharing, and perseverance. Through their dedication and commitment, the club has created a vibrant community where students can develop their skills, tackle challenging competitions, and make a lasting impact in the field of mechatronics engineering.
- EVER Competition
Securing first place in the 2020 edition, winning the prestigious first place in the business plan category in 2019, and emerging victorious in the shell category in the same year. The story of RPM Club is an inspiring testament to their journey from humble beginnings to extraordinary success in the highly competitive world of racing. Nile University initiated the racing team in 2018 with the ambitious goal of participating in the Electric Vehicle Endurance Race (EVER) competition. The team dedicated itself to designing and constructing a high-performance electric car, engaging in spirited competition with counterparts from various universities. RPM focused on formulating a robust business model, ensuring long-term viability and success. Its efforts were rewarded when it received first place in the business model category at the EVER competition. In the realm of racing, RPM showcased its skills by securing first place in the Business Model category at the 2019 EVER Egypt competition. Additionally, it achieved another remarkable win by emerging as the winner in the rally event, triumphing over e15 other cars at the 2020 EVER Egypt competition with its exceptional vehicle, DASH. This competition was generously sponsored by ASRT (The Academy of Scientific Research and Technology), further highlighting RPM's skill and success in the racing arena.
In subsequent seasons, RPM shared its knowledge and experience with new team members and students, setting their sights on achieving even greater success in EVER. Unfortunately, the outbreak of the COVID-19 pandemic posed significant challenges, forcing the team to confront a difficult decision regarding its future. Nevertheless, RPM chose to persevere, displaying unwavering determination and resilience. Throughout the pandemic, the team tirelessly devoted themselves to crafting a comprehensive design report, aiming to secure full funding from the EVER competition to realize their car's construction. Their dedication bore fruit when they were among the select few teams awarded full funding. With the financial resources secured, RPM commenced the task of bringing its vision to life. The pivotal moment for RPM arrived when they conducted the much-anticipated car testing, witnessing the fulfillment of their dream to create a racing car. However, challenges arose during the arbitration phase that threatened its progress. However, despite the obstacles, the RPM team pushed forward. The team's remarkable achievement was beyond its wildest expectations, as it secured an impressive second-place finish in their debut race. Surpassing all odds, it even surpassed larger and more established teams that encountered unfortunate mishaps on the track. The announcement of results left everyone astounded, as Nile University emerged as the well-deserved first-place winner in the EVER competition. This resounding triumph marked a milestone for RPM, a testament to their exceptional achievement despite only a few years of participation.
- Drifting Event
RPM drifting events were an electrifying showcase that enthralled both car enthusiasts and thrillseekers. Building upon the success of its inaugural event in 2021, these events highlighted the impressive skills of drivers as they expertly maneuvered high-powered vehicles through thrilling drifts. The event featured drivers pushing the boundaries of their vehicles, executing precise maneuvers, and engaging in friendly competition. With the combination of intense energy, visually mesmerizing drifts, and a passion for speed, the second edition of RPM drifting events promised an exhilarating experience for fans of motorsports. - Another noteworthy accomplishment was RPM's second place in the UGRF special edition business model competition held in 2022. UGRF, an esteemed national event organized by Nile University, showcases the exceptional research talents of Egyptian undergraduate students.
- RPM at CanSat Competition
RPM made history as the first team from Egypt and South Africa to qualify for the finals in Virginia for the CanSat competition. CanSat entailed designing a sophisticated container and probe system that simulated the landing sequence of a planetary probe. The challenge involved launching the CanSat to an altitude ranging from 670 meters to 725 meters above the launch site, subjecting it to violent deployment forces.
- Minesweeper Competition
RPM unveiled its highly remarkable robot, MAGNETO, during the minesweeper competition. The robot, designed to contribute towards achieving a landmine-free world, was nearing completion and poised to make its debut at the prestigious Alamein Robotics Championship.
- IMechE Formula Student Competition
The RPM family made its appearance at the IMechE Formula Student Competition, an esteemed event where teams were tasked with developing a prototype for a single-seat race car. Competing against other talented participants, RPM showcased its expertise in autocross and sprint racing, impressing the judges during the comprehensive testing phase encompassing both static and dynamic events.