EGR 200 Students' Designs Compete in Robot Sumo Competition
For the second straight year, the lobby of the Business-Engineering Complex was the site of a robot battle royale on Tuesday when engineering students pitted 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 111 (honors section) classes. Each team had five weeks to plan, design, and build the robots.
Professor Doug Ross, Ph.D., who mentored the project, selected sumobots because it allowed students to experience a wide range of technologies.
"Many unique robots were designed within the constraints," says Ross. "Each group designed their own robot geometry that was then manufactured utilizing the design lab's 3-D printers. The students program their robots to respond to sensor input for individualized behavior."
Students from the Department of Biomedical Engineering and their partners from the Collat School of Business continued a UAB tradition on Friday when they presented their senior design projects to the public. The projects were designed and built by BME seniors over the fall and spring semesters, while students from the School of Business worked with the teams to create commercialization strategies for the devices.
"This capstone course creates opportunities for undergraduates to engage in cross-disciplinary research, and that is certainly evident in this year's projects," says Alan Eberhardt, Ph.D., professor in the Department of Biomedical Engineering. "Not only are these projects the results of business and engineering students working together, they're also products of student engagement with other schools from UAB, including the Schools of Medicine and Health Professions, as well as other community partners, such as Children's Hospital, the McWane Science Center, AMBUCS, and the United Cerebral Palsy Center."
Design is a crucial part of the curriculum in all departments at the School of Engineering, beginning with freshman design projects and culminating with senior design. For the BME capstone course, students are challenged to engineer solutions to real-world problems, which involve clients from community partners.
Department of Biomedical Engineering have received funds from the Dr. Jack Lemons Endowed Scholarship to travel to the Society for Biomaterials annual meeting this week in Charlotte, North Carolina.
Grant Alexander, Didarul Bhuyian, Carlos Carmona-Moran, and Patrick Hwang, will each give a presentation on their research at the conference. Fittingly, their scholarships' namesake, BME Professor Jack Lemons, Ph.D., will also be at the conference, where he is scheduled to receive the 2015 Acta Biomaterialia Gold Medal Award, which recognizes excellence and leadership in biomaterials, including basic science and translation to practice.
"This is a great opportunity for these deserving students to present their research at a prominent national conference," says Timothy Wick, Ph.D., senior associate dean in the School of Engineering. "It will also be nice to have a strong UAB contingent on hand to see Dr. Lemons receiving such a prestigious honor."
The lobby of the Business-Engineering Complex was abuzz with activity during the 2015 Senior Design Media Day. For more images from the event, visit the School of Engineering Flickr page.
The projects on display were designed and built by interdisciplinary teams from the Department of Mechanical Engineering and the Department of Materials Science and Engineering over the fall and spring semesters.
Many of the teams worked with local companies to devise solutions to current industry problems.
Once again, our students have done an excellent job during the past two semesters designing and fabricating systems and devices," says Hessam Taherian, Ph.D., an assistant professor in the Department Mechanical Engineering. "Many of these projects attempt to solve engineering problems industries face, while others tested to prove viability of innovative concepts."