DULUTH, MN – UMD students studying engineering have designed an “autonomous” or remote-controlled robot for a classroom project that climbs walls and deploys sensors or cameras in hostile territory.
They introduced the robot virtually this year to a panel of judges as part of the National Air Force Research Lab Challenge and are now awaiting the results.
It would be a huge victory for the university since it has already won the competition twice.
“I never really planned on being part of a team, at least in college, that could have life and death ramifications,” said a member of the UMD team.
“It helps keep the troops out of harm’s way,” said another student.
UMD students in electrical engineering, mechanical engineering, computer science and engineering physics were involved in the project.