ECE's Robotics Team is 2005 SECON Winner

2005 SECON Team

ECE Robotics Team won 1st place in the 2005 IEEE Region 3 student hardware competition against 34 other technical universities in the southeast. The team of nine undergraduate students (Joey Cate, Brail Coleman, Derrick Coleman, Dhruva Duncan (Co-Captain), Ashley Hicks (co-captain), Allison Scogin, Tara Swope, Ed Vaughn, and Jesse Viviano) participated in the competition as part of their senior design project in the Electrical and Computer Engineering department. The winning robot was designed and constructed over a period of nine months to autonomously play a game which involved navigating a playing field, recognizing field characteristics, collecting targets, and avoiding an enemy robot.

Unlike the previous competitions of three runs, this year’s competition had a total of five runs. A qualifying round, 3 regular runs and a final run between the 1st and 2nd placed teams to determine the overall winner. Of all the teams registered, 27 were qualified and competed. Ranking going into the final run were:

1- MSU, 200 points
2- UAH, 180 points
3- University of Louisville, 100 points
4- University of Florida, 80 points
5- Tennessee Tech, 80 points.

The final competition between MSU and UAH was held at the banquet on Saturday night with all conference attendees present. The MSU team finished the final round in 1 minute and 26 seconds picking up all 5 balls while UAH was still working his way to pick up their first ball. Not only did the team win the final completion, they received the award for Best Ball Retrieval, having not missed one ball in all five runs.

Team advisor Dr. Erdem Topsakal congratulated the team for their hard work and dedication to the project. “I can't tell you how proud I am of the Secon team. Their hard work paid off. They represented MSU and the department best way you can imagine.”

Once a wise man said,

"There are two types of men, those who make the history and those who witness". Be proud to be the makers of the history.

GO DAWGS !!!!...