Teams and Projects

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NASA Robot Mining Competition

The Robotic Mining Competition is hosted each year by NASA in Cape Canaveral, FL. Teams use the systems engineering design principles to build a prototype rover that will collect, filter, and deliver icy regolith semi or fully autonomously. In addition to the competition, teams must submit a project management, executive summary, systems engineering paper, and public outreach report to display their progress. Members of this team should have previous experience in their field, and must be dedicated to the project consistently throughout the year.
NASA RMC Information

Mechanical Lead: Matt Meyers
          (mmeyer35@uic.edu)

Electrical/Software Lead: Emily Hernandez
          (eherna78@uic.edu)

MRDC - Team Stella

The Midwestern Robotics Design Competition (MRDC) takes place each year during the Engineering Open House on the UIUC campus, with 30-40 teams in previous years. Teams compete in bracket-style elimination over two days, where matches are 10 minutes each - four robots at a time. Each robot (ground or drone) must complete tasks to gain points, and the team with the highest points at the end of each match moves forward. Team Stella has competed in the MRDC since 2017. This robot was designed for rough terrain driving, and the ability to attach new mechanisms each year. Stella has undergone significant improvements each year including powertrain ability, structural, and electronics. This year the team plans to implement machine learning and image recognition for autonomous functionality.
MRDC Information

Team Captain: Shane Joy
          (sjoy5@uic.edu)

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MRDC - Team Air

Team AIR builds/programs drones, and emphasizes autonomy and controls built from open-source platforms. The team has also competed in MRDC and the International Aerial Robotics Competition (IARC). This year the team plans to implement image recognition and building a lightweight mechanism to achieve the competition's objectives.
MRDC Information

Team Captain: Christian Sanchez
          (csanch84@uic.edu)

Co-Captain: Leeza Andryushchenko
          (yandry2@uic.edu)

RoboBrawl - Team Devastating Wind

Robobrawl is an annual combat robotics event that takes place each year during the Engineering Open House on the UIUC campus. The event consists of a double elimination tournament over the two days, where each team battles for dominance. The current format consists of 30 pound combat robots fighting in a 16′ x 16′ arena. The event encourages interdisciplinary engineering collaboration in order to challenge all comers in both design and manufacturing skills.
Robobrawl Information

Team Captain: Zach Morris
          (zmorri5@uic.edu)

Co-Captain: Rebecca Lu
          (rlu24@uic.edu)

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