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B-CU Wins First Place at Electronics & Engineering Conference

B-CU Engineering Students


Representatives from the B-CU School of Science, Mathematics & Engineering recently won first place in robotics in the open division of the 2011 Institute of Electronics and Electrical Engineers SoutheastCon Student Hardware Competition in Nashville.

Dr. Xiaohe Wu and Dr. Jing Wang, computer engineering program faculty, accompanied students Daniel Kulas, Abdi Charles, Deon Wilkins, Perry Gabriel, Deya M. Banisakher, John Gibson, Philecia Martin and Derrell Sweeting to the conference.

The competition required the student group to build a robot from scratch and then write an algorithm into its computer chip to make it follow a maze-like course without touching its walls.

As if this task was not challenging enough when the students arrived, they learned they must completely rebuild and reprogram the robot they brought with them from Daytona Beach because measurements of the original robot were too large.

Determined to succeed, the students went shopping for supplies at Radio Shack and Walmart and rebuilt the entire project overnight, including rewriting the algorithm for the chip.

Luckily, the hard work paid off and they took the top spot.

Dr. Morrison Obeng, chair of the computer science & engineering department, is thrilled with the news.

"This is a significant achievement by our Computer Engineering Program and I would like to thank Dr. Dorcas McCoy (vice president, academic affairs) and the B-CU administration for the help and support of our program."

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