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WKU students place seventh in robot competition

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Team honored for best mechanical design

By The Staff

Western Kentucky University’s electrical engineering juniors and seniors placed seventh in the Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers Southeastern Regional Conference Student Hardware Competition in Atlanta on March 7.

Eleven students from WKU’s electrical engineering senior and junior class participated in the Student Hardware Competition, which required teams to design and build an autonomous recycling robot. WKU’s robot was awarded the best mechanical design.

Robots collected recyclables and received bonus points for sorting glass bottles, plastic bottles and aluminum cans into labeled bags.

About 38 schools from across the southeast participated in the competition. Top finishers were Auburn, Tennessee, Central Florida, North Florida, Tennessee Tech, Christian Brothers and WKU. Other Kentucky schools were Louisville in 10th, Kentucky in 22nd and Murray State in 26th.

The WKU robot team includes captain Jack Wallace of Springfield, Tenn.; Kory Liszt of Bowling Green; Alexi Paaso of Oulu, Finland; Austin Schroll of Hodgenville; Scott Smith of Franklin; Mike St. Vincent of Portland, Tenn.; Scotty Chelf of Hodgenville; Jesse Mayfield of Whitesville; Andrew Ayre of Gallatin, Tenn.; Sean Hamlet of Bowling Green; and Matthew Lodmell of Versailles.

“The students did an outstanding job and had one of the strongest robots at the competition,” said Mark Cambron, associate professor of Electrical Engineering. “The students’ success speaks to quality of the students in the EE program.”