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Technological Studies Teams Garner Gold, Silver at National Robotics Challenge

Apr 28, 2009
Ohio Northern University's Department of Technological Studies teams garnered four awards, including a gold award, at the National Robotics Challenge in Marion, Ohio, on April 17-18.

ONU sent six teams and 21 students to the competition. The team of Rob Hradek, Wooster, Ohio; Scott Nemeth, Westlake, Ohio; Courtney Johnson, Fremont, Ohio; Katie Wade, Ijamsville, Md., Jose Guzman, Lima, Ohio; and Eric Gray, North Fairfield, Ohio, won a gold award in workcell animation for its ice cream serving machine. The team also won the people's choice award and a $500 prize.

Jacob Ryan, Hillsboro, Ohio; Haley Frank, Archbold, Ohio; and Douglas Vorhees, Celina, Ohio, received a silver award for their 125-pound sumo robot, which autonomously detected and removed another robot from the ring.

Finally, Johnathan Rankin, Marysville, Ohio; Cody Grieshop, Versailles, Ohio; Stephanie McQueary, Toledo, Ohio; Caleb Bingham, Lafayette, Ohio; and Antar Vasi, Fairfield, Ohio, received a bronze award for their robot that plays table tennis.

Dr. Adam Stienecker, assistant professor of technology, served as the teams' advisor. Commenting on the teams' outstanding performance, he said, "The students really have something to be proud of. Last fall, they had nothing but a blank sheet of paper, and now, from scratch, they have developed six high-quality, award-winning systems. These projects are an impressive display of robotics, vision and controls; they are something any university would be proud of."

ONU Technological Studies faculty members Dr. David Rouch, department chair, professor Rich Miller, professor Paul Nutter, and Michael Zembower, department technician, also attended the event and assisted students with their projects.

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