College of Engineering Showcases Award-Winning Robots and Program

College of Engineering Showcases Award-Winning Robots and Program

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The colleges of Electrical and Mechanical Engineering joined forces in providing a showcase of their skills in Robotics today in the Engineering Complex

Robots contracting energy from wind (Photo by Lauren Hernandez)

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Students surrounded the field as four different teams brought the robots they built and used to compete in Oklahoma last week. Placing third through sixth out of 32 different schools, AMK engineers represented their skills they brought to competition to compete against one another at the today’s showcase.

When it comes to building robots, Juan Guardiola, an Electrical Engineering major and Treasurer of the Robotics Club, brings all that he has learned and combines it into one.

“For this competition we had to extract energy from two sources without any type of lines and it had to be completely autonomous,” said Guardiola. “What we have to do is go out there on the field, extract energy, and come back to the flag and raise it in a certain amount of time.”

It may all sound simple as they collect energy from sources that best fits their robot, such as volt, light, and wind, then move them over to raise a flag, but building such a machine is very complex. Electrical Engineering major, Oscar Vega, discusses the all-nighters and large amount of time it takes to build a machine with a mind of its own.

“Its very complicated and it took up our whole semester,” said Vega.

“We might get some bad grades in our other classes,” Vega laughs, “But we logged in a lot of time and dedication to this.”

Working as a team, yet still remain rivals when it comes to competing, Electrical and Mechanical Engineers worked very hard this semester and proudly represented AMK.

These two fields of study must be brought together in order to build these robots.

President of the Robotics Club, Donella Delgado, sees that the teams are not just building robots, but building their knowledge as they work together and study one another’s opposite fields.

“You network a lot as you work with different students and you get the chance to talk to professors in how to build a robot,” said Delgado. “You are not only learning from your own field, but from others as well.”

Many students as well as faculty and staff watched the teams compete today and reflect on the importance of why this event was held.

Dr. Nuri Yirmazer, assistant professor in Electrical Engineering and Computer Science, works hard to see these student succeed and teach them all he knows in building these complex models. His job consists of teaching them in the fall semester the basics of building a robot then providing the parts as they learn how to put them together during the spring semester. “Every year, the competition rules change, so they design a different robot every year from scratch,” said Yirmazer.

Three teams competed today and team number three, “Robocalypse”, won with the fastest average time of 74.1 seconds. Vega and Delgado were part of the team as well as two other students, Mario Lopez and Samuel Ruiz.

The Robotics Program, funded by the National Science Foundation, proudly marks this year as a success and hopes to grow stronger and larger in the near future.

“For the past 10 years, our country has been neglected in the Robotics field, so we should be able to compete with other countries because they are advancing very fast. As a country we need to compete with them,” said Yirmazer.

“Its very important to educate our students in that field, and there are not many schools in out there that focus on the Robotics program. We need to address this issue and hopefully, through our program, we can bring it to other schools and be able to educate more students.”