EGR 200 Students' Designs Compete in Robot Sumo Competition
The Lobby of the Business-Engineering Complex will be the site of a robot battle royale this week, as engineering students pit their specially designed robots against each other in the sumo ring.
The robots, known in competition as sumobots, were built by teams of students as part of the EGR 200 and EGR 111 (honors section) classes. Each team had five weeks to plan, design, and build the robots.
"This project requires students to apply the engineering knowledge they have gained in class, as well as utilize the tools that are available to them in the engineering design lab," says engineering professor Rosalia Scripa, Ph.D. "So while they are learning basic engineering skills, they also are gaining experience with 3-D printing and programming that are on the cutting edge of engineering technology."
United States Secretary of Transportation Anthony Foxx will be on hand this week when UAB and MAX unveil a state-of-the-art hydrogen fuel cell bus. The innovative and environmentally friendly bus, which will operate on MAX's downtown routes, is powered by a hydrogen fuel cell and produces no tailpipe emissions.
With only a few such buses operating in the world, Birmingham will be home to the only hydrogen fuel cell bus and fueling station in the Southeast. The results of this demonstration will be used to guide designs and deployments of future fuel-cell bus fleets and ultimately automobile applications.
Foxx is scheduled to board the bus on Wednesday, April 16, to tour several Birmingham landmarks. He will speak briefly at the MAX intermodal site at 2 p.m. The intermodal site is located on Morris Avenue between 16th Street and 19th Street.
A project designed as part of the BME Capstone Design Course was awarded the Student da Vinci Award last week at the 2014 da Vinci Special Awards Gala at the Ford Conference and Event Center in Dearborn, Michigan.
The winning team included BME students Ryan Densmore, Daniel McFalls, Shelby May, and Stephen Mehi. Their project, the Toyrota, is a powered mobility device currently in use at the Bell Center in Homewood.
Developed in 2001 by the National Multiple Sclerosis Society’s Michigan Chapter, the da Vinci Awards program aims to recognize current achievements and spur future innovations to benefit all people challenged with physical limitations.
A multi-disciplinary team of materials and mechanical engineering students finished second at the Electrathon Race at Barber Motorsports behind professional team Tiger Racing on Monday.
The team was made up of mechanical students Catherine Clark and Amie Eder and materials students Chris Graves and Ranae Wright.
The UAB team ran a total of 17 laps over two races on the 2.4-mile course. The car averaged 25 miles per hour with a top speed of 37 miles per hour in the morning race.
“Good balance is needed between speed and endurance to win in this competition,” says materials assistant professor Haibin Ning, Ph.D. “The rule is that only one set of batteries is allowed for each hour-long race, and in that hour, the driver tries to get as many laps as possible.”