Midwestern Robotics Design Competition, is a college level tele-robotics competition. It takes place at UIUC annually in conjunction with their Engineering Open House. EDT has built a history of success with MRDC. We have competed since 2001 and have taken 1st place five times (three of which where in the last three years), as well as placing in the top four almost every year. EDT also frequently wins secondary awards like demolition round and best design. The game has four robots competing at once and the objective of the competition changes every 2 years. Past competitions have included the collection of soccer cones, nerf balls, frisbees,hula hoops,throwing foam balls and putting golf balls.


EDT has set up a group driven project to compete in NASA’s Annual Lunar Robotics Mining competition. In this pursuit students will create a tangible result in where they can use their work and experience from this project to aid in their professional pursuits part of their portfolio. To further contribute to the STEM field, and bring prestige and exposure to the University.

The goal of this project, aside from the competition, is for students to differentiate themselves. When members are finished they can add this project to their resume/portfolio and point to direct and applicable areas where they contributed. The project goal is to allow students to explore and implement their knowledge in their areas of interest, to give members exposure, experience and proof of their capability to create tangible results.

EDT is excited to be competing in this project features applied robotics, the competition is fun and highly competitive. It is interdisciplinary and allows a wide range of people to apply their knowledge. UIC has multiple robot teams that compete. However, none that features mining, which is unfortunate because moving material is a core engineering problem. Other competitions which EDT has participated in the past don’t have this focus where a team can score higher for outreach, social media and a worldwide campaign. This focus is important because STEM projects are often insolated, these efforts would help bring STEM into the more into the public eye.

EDT Piques Interest at the UIC Involvement Fair

Over one hundred and forty one students expressed interest at joining the UIC Engineering Design Team at the recent UIC Involvement Fair.    When asked what drew him to EDT, one new member simply said: “…because robots are cool man.”

And we have to agree.

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The Midway Point

It’s currently week 8 of classes for UIC students, marking the halfway point of the semester. With many students finishing up their midterm examinations, its time to take a deep breath, pat yourself on the back, and keep up the hard work!

Reminders for Engineering Undergraduates:

  •  Schedule an appointment with your academic advisor.
    • This will help to plan your semester and remove any outstanding holds on your student account, allowing you to register for classes
  • Week 10 is the last week to use a withdrawal from a class.
    • Keep this in mind if you are feeling overwhelmed by the coursework. This allows you to drop the class and receive a W. Note: students have a limit to the number of classes they may withdraw from.


EDT Continues its Foray into Autonomous Robotics with Scipio

Autonomy is one of the most demanding, interesting, and applicable challenges in robotics today. The Intelligent Ground Vehicle Competition is one which allows students and universities to showcase their innovative approaches to autonomous robot control.

Last year EDT was able to enter our robot Scipio, outfitted with an array of navigation sensors, into the IGVC where it performed strongly, particularly in design, where it recieved 3rd place. We are building on our previous efforts this year, and hope to achieve success in the remaining categories.

The team is headed by EDT Vice President Zach Quinn (Senior, Electrical Engineering), with the computer science team being lead by Basheer Subei (Senior, Bio-Engineering).

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The Jerry Sanders Design Competition Teams are Revving Up

EDT is proud to announce its continued involvement in the Jerry Sanders Design Competition. We firmly believe that this competition is a strong platform for aspiring engineers to hone their engineering skills, while gaining valuable teamwork experience.

EDT is planning on entering three robots into the competition. The JSDC robot captains for the 2013-2014 academic year are:

• Justin Delcourt (Senior, Mechanical Engineering)
• Sara Krysik (Senior, Mechanical Engineering)
• Bart Wyderski/Chris Lee (Seniors, Mechanical Engineering)

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Robotics Bootcamp

To meet the needs of a rising member base former EDT and UIC alumni Nick Novak has

donated his time to teach new students about robotics. This program is a crash course in integrating concepts from Mechanical, Electrical, and Computer Science.

In addition to teaching, Bootcamp also offers new EDT members a place to apply their knowledge of engineering. This idea is realized by having Bootcamp teams work on special projects, including designing a mobile workstation to be utilized in all of the robotics competitions. Special Projects is a section of EDT run by society treasured Paul Gorski. Both Paul and Nick act as advisors to help these teams in their design/build process, and to ensure success of their goals. In this way we hope students can gain experience in how to physically implement the concepts discussed in their engineering classes.

This may be Bootcamp‘s first year, but we are already excited about it as a society, because we feel that it helps UIC students, especially underclassmen, gain often neglected hands-on experience.


Planetary Mining Anyone?

EDT is proud to announce its inaugural entry into NASA’s fifth Annual Robotics Mining Competition.

In this pursuit students will be creating a mining robot capable of operating remotely, with the goal being to mine at least 10 kg of simulated Martian regolith and depositing it in a bin approximately 0.5 meters above the surface, all within the 10 minute time frame.

While the primary goal of the competition is to mine as much regolith simulant possible, ancillary goals include promoting excitement and awareness around the often isolated STEM projects, and to also bring prestige and exposure to the University of Illinois Engineering Department.

We are excited to be competing in this NASA sponsored event featuring applied robotics, and hopefully we can showcase the talent, skill, and hard work of University of Illinois at Chicago students.

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