Students from UL’s William Hansen Hall Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering recently placed third out of 27 teams in the IEEE Region 5 Robotics Competition held in Dallas, Texas on Saturday, April 17th.

University of Louisiana Robot CompetesA total of 27 schools participated in the competition and UL’s team of Josh Lewis, Ryan Blossom, and Trilby Lyons, built an entry that survived first the top 12 elimination, then the top six elimination, and
went on to place 3rd in the competition.

Final results for the event were as follow:
   1st Place: University of Houston
   2nd Place: Oklahoma State University
   3rd Place: University of Louisiana
             (tie) Louisiana Tech
   4th Place: University of New Orleans
   5th Place: Oklahoma Christian University

University of Louisiana Robotics Team 2010The UL team’s first run was flawless, with several attendees expressing the opinion that UL was the team to beat! The students received many positive comments and praise for the work that they did and the way the robot performed, earning a lot of respect and getting positive attention. While in Dallas, one of the students, Ms. Trilby Lyons, did an interview about the robot and the competition for a Dallas area TV station.

This competition marked the 3rd year in a row that the William Hansen Hall Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering’s team has placed in top 10 at the Robotics Competition. The third place ranking earned the competitors both a certificate and a cash award. The College of Engineering extends its appreciation to these hard working students for representing UL so ably at the competition.

The robotics team’s success was due not just to their hard work and dedication, but also to the guidance and expertise of a group of “robot mentors” who helped keep them on track. The College of Engineering wishes to thank the robot mentors, Cy Brown and Wade Falcon from DataComm and Pat Dubois from Stuller Settings, for their invaluable assistance. Their support of our team is greatly appreciated.

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