Unmanned mission: Engineering students take third in international competition
Monday, July 1, 2013
MANHATTAN -- A team of Kansas State University engineering students won third place at the 2013 Student Unmanned Aerial Systems competition, June 20-22, at Webster Field Annex at Naval Air Station Patuxent River in Maryland.
This international competition, organized by the Association for Unmanned Vehicle Systems International, featured 35 teams from the U.S., Canada, India and Turkey.
For the competition, teams are required to complete three graded tasks. The first was a 20-page technical journal outlining their unmanned aerial system; the second was a 15-minute oral presentation detailing the design, evaluation and testing of their systems; and the third task was a mission in which the unmanned aerial system flies and performs the tasks for which it was designed.
The Kansas State University team finished behind Cornell University and North Carolina State University. Advisers to the team were Garth Thompson, professor, and Dale Schinstock, associate professor, of the department of mechanical and nuclear engineering.
Students on the team include:
Ethan Koch, sophomore in computer engineering, Baileyville; Chris Lund, senior in mechanical engineering, Cummings; Steven Blits, sophomore in computer engineering, Lebo.
From Manhattan: Joel Cranmer, senior in mechanical engineering; Garrett Peterson, junior in electrical engineering; and Jacob Wagner, May 2013 bachelor's graduate in mechanical engineering.
Josh Bell, sophomore in mechanical engineering, Morland; Matthew Roselli, senior in computer engineering, Overland Park; Adam Seiwart, freshman in computer science, Pittsburg; Kyle McGahee, senior in computer engineering, Shawnee; Jacob Kongs, senior in computer engineering, Washington; and Nathan Feldkamp, May 2013 bachelor's graduate in computer science, Wichita.