EET students part of Darwin21 winning team
Babel the robot cheers.
A transatlantic team of electrical engineering technology students, including six from Purdue’s College of Technology, placed first in the university category of the Darwin21 competition. The competition took place during the summer, and results were announced this month.
The Darwin21 design competition asked teams to create a mechanical body that has the ability to respond to commands and show emotions.
The team from Purdue and Lucerne University named their entry “Babel” because of the language barriers they had to overcome during their planning stages.
Their entry also placed second in the Expert category, which included entries from industrial members as well. The Babel team was praised for their professional design concept and attractive appearance of the robot. Purdue was the only American university involved with the competition.
Purdue student team members and their team assignments were:
- Andy Howard, team captain and micro guru
- Brittany Crum, disco floor with its multiple LED + PSOC systems
- Mike Toth, body movement motors and controls
- Fred Chou, servo motors and major software work
- Sam Green, power supply
- David King, servos and disco floor
The team was advised by professors Jeff Richardson and Glenn Blackwell.
The machines are now on tour across Switzerland to help interest students in technology careers.
See more photos and a video of the project (Click on "English" in the top righthand corner. Photos are in the Media section under "Images".)
CIT professor part of national earthquake engineering network
Thomas Hacker, assistant professor of computer and information technology (CIT), is a co-principal investigator for a grant that funds a national earthquake engineering network. The $105 million National Science Foundation grant is the largest in Purdue University’s history. It establishes a center at Purdue for the Network for Earthquake Engineering Simulation (NEES) to connect 14 research and equipment laboratories and the earthquake engineering community through groundbreaking cyberinfrastructure, education and outreach efforts. Purdue's center is expected to commence operations on October 1.
Health IT seminar series available through College of Technology
The College of Technology will be a host site for a four-seminar series on Health Information Technology.
Penny Wars add to United Way campaign fun
The College of Technology is joining the rest of Purdue
University in fundraising efforts for the United Way. In addition to the
traditional pledging activities, the college has implemented a Penny War
challenge among the departments.
Free academic assistance available
The BEST (Building Excellence for Students in Technology) academic assistance program has begun. Through the program, upperclass students are available to help Technology students with their 100- and 200-level courses. If you know of students who would benefit from supplemental help, encourage them to attend.
BEST is offered every Monday and Wednesday, from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. in Knoy B035, and pizza is available to participants.
The free program is sponsored by the Women in Technology and Minority Technology Association student organizations.
Visit the BEST and tutoring Web site.
Columbus Student Veteran Organization receives grant
The Military Family Research Institute at Purdue University
has awarded a $2,000 grant to the Student Veteran and Military Club of
Columbus, which will use the money to assist and support student service
members and veterans on campus.
Perusich elected president of SSIT
Karl Perusich, associate professor of electrical and computer
engineering technology at the College of Technology in South Bend, has
been elected president of the Society for Social Implications of
Technology (SSIT) of the IEEE. His one-year term will start in 2010.
As a society president, he will be a voting member of the Technical
Activities Board of IEEE, the world’s largest professional association
for the advancement of technology. Among other volunteer duties, he is
currently treasurer of SSIT, a member of the IEEE/UN Foundation
Humanitarian Technology Challenge Steering Committee, and chair of its
Society Partnership Group.
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