robotics design team
UTSA IEEE officers (from left) Hector Zarate, Terrence Leonard,
Chris Weldon, Daniel Seiler and Kevin Messenhimer -- and their
prize-winning robot

UTSA robotics team places fourth at regional

By Kevin Messenhimer
UTSA IEEE Student Chapter Chairman

(May 8, 2009)--A trio of UTSA engineering students recently placed fourth in the Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers Inc. (IEEE) Region V Robotics Competition. Daniel Seiler, Terrence Leonard and Chris Weldon brought home one of UTSA's top finishes in the annual robotics competition that challenges students to design an autonomous robot capable of detecting color, maneuvering a course in search of specific boxes and moving the boxes to other locations according to various criteria.

The robotics competition in Lubbock on April 17 attracted more than 20 teams from eight states including tough competition from the University of Texas at Austin, the Air Force Academy and the University of Houston.

UTSA's IEEE team finished third in the first round of competition with a score qualifying the team for the final round. After competing in the final round, the team finished fourth -- one of the top finishes in the team's history.

"The competition was an invaluable learning experience for everyone," said IEEE student chapter robotics chair Daniel Seiler. "Next year, we hope to supersede this year's accomplishments and extend the team's knowledge to more students."

Sponsorship and financial support for the UTSA IEEE robotics team was provided by the UTSA College of Engineering, CPS Energy, Nerd Energy Drink and Southwest Research Institute.

Learn more at the UTSA IEEE Student Chapter Web site.

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