The student chapter of the IEEE at Washington University in St. Louis placed third at the regional Robotics (Drone) competition hosted by Region 5 of the Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers (IEEE).
As part of the competition, team members were challenged to program an autonomous drone to pop helium-filled balloons in a set order in less than three minutes.
The team members were Zhun Cheng, a sophomore majoring in mechanical engineering; Peter Jakiela, a sophomore majoring in electrical engineering; Zhijian Long, a junior majoring in electrical engineering; Connor Monahan, a senior majoring in computer science; Arman Serpen, a junior majoring in electrical engineering; Benjamin Standaert, a first-year student majoring in computer science; Nicholas Tu, a sophomore; and Tong Wu, a dual-degree student majoring in computer science.
"This is a great bunch of students who exceeded all expectations during a challenging time," said Bob Becnel, club adviser and adjunct faculty member in the Preston M. Green Department of Electrical & Systems Engineering. “They worked many hours in the DUC and outside to prepare for the event.”
Region 5 of the IEEE has more than 23,000 higher education members and more than 3,600 student members.