NASA Robotic Mining Competition 2017

We are so incredibly honored to announce that we earned 5th place overall out of nearly 50 teams at the NASA Robotic Mining Competition , a huge leap forward from our 32nd finish last year! We have won first place for our System Engineering paper and second for our System Engineering presentation!

This has been our first year applying system engineering principles to our robot design process, and we really threw ourselves into doing it well. It has paid off in more ways than one, as this year's robot had the most successful mining run in team history.

We would like to thank Dr. Sunniva Refsnes Collins for reading and advising us on our paper, Morgan Hendry for guiding us as we navigated the systems engineering process, and our advisor Dr. Richard Bachmann for mentoring us throughout the year. He has taught us more than we could ever learn in the classroom, and has dedicated himself to enabling us to do our best work.

We would also like to give a huge thanks our sponsors - Case Alumni Association, CWRU Undergraduate Student Government, Aetna Plastics Corp., CWRU Sears thinkbox, Altium, US Fittings, Dassault Systèmes, NEO Sports Plant, and Nettleton Computer Consulting. We would not be able to do what we do without you.

Furthermore, thank you to the wonderfully talented students at the Willoughby East Lake Northern Career Institute for partnering with us to weld our robot.

Finally, we would like to thank NASA and Caterpillar Inc. for hosting this competition. You have inspired us to think beyond the classroom and have given us the opportunity to become better engineers.

Karolyn Spencer
Mechanical Technical Lead
June 1, 2017