To provide students with the expertise to overcome today’s challenges, become tomorrow’s visionaries, and to keep humanity forever curious.


Today, we challenge ourselves to compete in competitions designed to prepare humanity for the challenges of making the Red Planet our home. We challenge ourselves to build a rover able to perform complex tasks and movements under real-world constraints, such as time, weight, and budget, to gain a competitive advantage among the cutting edge of student designers and makers.



We teach our members technical, communication, and leadership skills that can only be learned through experience, and prepare our members to move beyond their roles as today’s students to become tomorrow’s critical thinkers, creative problem solvers, and leaders.



Our team strives to inspire people and encourage them to be forever curious. Whether that curiosity leads to breakthroughs that extend our species to the stars, or increase the efficiency of the rapidly expanding workplace. We strive to forever inspire people to explore areas of innovation and improvement so that one day every problem we discover will be a solvable one.



A group of passionate students building cutting-edge Mars rovers.

Hands-on experience, real-world engineering and science solutions


Our projects require and utilize a diverse range of skills and interests which is reflected in our team’s diversity. MRDT consists of students representing 20+ majors at S&T.


We compete against teams from around the globe, from India, Australia, and many here in the United States.


In addition to designing and building the rover for competition, our team members compose competition documentation, create public relations materials, maintain a budget and procurement system, develop sponsor relationships, and communicate with the university and other design teams. Members of MRDT develop the skills they need to thrive in their future careers.


Alumni of MRDT are working across the country, from NASA’s Jet Propulsion Laboratory, to Amazon Robotics to Boeing.

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