The puzzle pieces fell together and Millersville University’s (MU) Technology, Management and Applied Engineering Student Chapter (Robotics Team) won the national championship at the Associations of Technology, Management and Applied Engineering’s (ATMAE) Robotics Competition.

 The competition was held in Pittsburgh, Pa. from Nov. 11-14 and a team of 12 MU students created MAVIS3D (The Millersville Autonomous Vision Inductive Sorter with 3D Printed Technology) participated with their robot and captured numerous awards.

MAVIS3D was built on a piece of recycled aluminum and the team used 3D printing technology to create the plastic components of the robot. They began the construction of the robot in spring 2015. The robot competed in two performance-based events, an obstacle course and a relay race.

For the obstacle course, MAVIS3D went over two obstacles manually including a burlap bridge and teeter-totter, before using sensors along silver tape and collecting blocks into a carousel. After collecting the blocks, the robot sorted them to spell “ATMAE,” which helped the team collect another award.

In the relay race, the challenge for MAVIS3D was to collect pieces of a logo puzzle and place them in an area marked for assembly. From there, the student team assembled the puzzle by hand. MAVIS3D led the team to win first place in the event.

Front row (left to right): Cody Martin, Skylar Zarzecki, Michael Brown, Dean Della Loggia. Back row (left to right): Gregory Schneider, Joseph Wright, Ryan Lees, Kevin Piaskowski, Christopher Reuling, Samuel Brennan, Dr. Mehmet Goksu(Lead Advisor), Trevor Coble, Webster Chatman, and Dr. John Wright(Co-Advisor)

“It is a great honor. It is a national recognition of our applied engineering, safety, and technology department and Millersville University, but more importantly, it is a recognition of our students and their ability to complete the project successfully,” stated Dr. Mehmet Goksu, the lead advisor of the Robotics Team and associate professor of physics. “I really enjoyed working with the team on this project and I have learned a lot from them. I am so proud of our achievement.”

The team won the following awards:

  • 1st place overall
  • 1st place performance (Relay Race)
  • 1st place fan vote
  • 1st place fabrication and innovation
  • 1st place poster
  • 1st place team presentation and technical report
  • 2nd place performance (Obstacle Course)
  • 2nd place in electronics / control methodology

In addition, Cody Martin, a sophomore majoring in applied engineering and technology management, won fourth place in the Haig Vahradian Technology Challenge quiz bowl. The quiz bowl is named in memory of the late Dr. Vahradian, who was a professor of industry and technology at MU. Drs. John Wright, Mark Snyder and Louise Manfredi from applied engineering, safety and technology department served as co-advisor of the team.

The MU Robotics Team has now won more than 35 awards in national and international robotics competition. This is the third time the team has won the ATMAE Robotics Cup, since its inception in 2002.

This article has 2 comments

  1. Jackie Richards '68

    Why are there no females on this team?

  2. Great job. Let me know when you have a demonstration that’s open to the public.

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