Chicago EDT hosts campus tour for Bright Elementary and Gary Elementary

Chicago EDT collaborates with UIC Society of Hispanic Professional Engineers to host campus tour for Bright and Gary Elementary Schools on Thursday March 27th and Friday March

28th. With the participation of Professor Jeremiah Abiade of the Department of Mechanical and Industrial Engineering and Professor Mohsen Issa of the Department of Civil and Materials Engineering, the visiting students were able to tour and observe the workings of engineering research laboratories.


EDT Visits DuPage Children’s Museum on March 25, 2014!

Chicago EDT had a blast talking to some young engineers at the DuPage Children’s Museum! Jerry Sanders Design Competition first-placer Richard cialis professional vs regular cialis can i get valtrex and third-placer GLaDOS made some new friends, playing and showing off their mechanical and electrical features to the youngsters. We had a successful event in promoting STEM to the next generation! Thank you DCM for having us!

EDT Takes First at JSDC 2014!

Another year and another victory for UIC’s Engineering Design Team (EDT)! This year, not only has EDT taken 1st and 3rd place, but also “Most Minimal Design” and “Most Points Scored in a Single Round” at the 2014 Jerry Sanders Design Competition.

EDT entered three robots: Richard, GlaDOS, and Lamashtu. GlaDOS took 3rd and also earned the title of “Most Minimal Design.” Richard earned 1st place and was the top scorer of the event, with 932 points in a single round. This is particularly impressive, being the first year either of Richard’s drivers controlled a JSDC robot. This year, the challenge was to collect flexible soccer cones, and place them on vertical and horizontal rods throughout the course, similar to the game “Risk”. There were also smaller objectives, such as manipulating a soccer ball onto a pedestal, which grants you access

to the upper level of the course.

The mechanisms were all newly fabricated with many design elements taken and improved upon from the previous year’s models. Typical for EDT, this work is nearly all completed in house, as a cornerstone to the learning process. The mechanisms are first designed and drawn using a CAD program, and then manufactured to the specifications of those drawings. One of the designs even featured parts manufactured with a 3D printer, demonstrating EDT stays on top of new technologies and emerging trends.

Another victory at JSDC not only means more awards to place on their wall, but also more opportunities to improve on future work. This isn’t limited to just more JSDC competitions. EDT will be participating for the first time at NASA’s Robotic Mining Competition in May, and will also make a return to AUVSI’s Intelligent Ground Vehicle Competition in June. Work never seems to end for EDT, but neither does the pride and passion the students put into the team.

RMC gear motors are installed!

We’ve finally received our planetary gear-motors from Dynetic Systems!

After some slight modifications to the mounting plate, due to the gear-motor being slightly larger than the CAD file provided, we were able to get the new motors and gearboxes installed. The 1000 line, dual channel quadrature encoders built into the motor will be a great source of data when we implement autonomous motion.

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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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.


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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