This is the first year for the MATE team. The team is composed of engineers and STEM students with different specialties, working together to compete in the Marine Advanced Technology Education (MATE) robotics competition. Our goal is to build an ROV that can perform various tasks under water. We research, design, and build based on individual knowledge, but more than anything, we learn through experience. We learn from previous competitions’ designs and work off models from other projects. We teach each other skills like CAD, Arduino, 3D printing, and wiring; which strengthens the group as a whole. Since half of the competition is presenting our project like a business model, we gain valuable entrepreneurial experience, which adds to a well-rounded education.
This year, the competition is a 15-minute trial where our ROV must inspect and repair a damaged dam, monitoring the quality of the water, and recover a civil war costume. There are many expenses for competing in MATE; our project will require specific components for each task and optimizing the parts would increase our performance. The 2019 MATE international ROV competition will take place June 20 - 22 at the Kingsport Aquatic Center in Kingsport, TN, USA.
We are a team of nine interdisciplinary engineering and STEM students who are working together to design, build, and compete in a combat robotics competition. Building combat robots involves using a lot of the skills which are taught in classes to solve real-world problems, but also requires learning how to real world differs from the theory taught in class. It also involves machining, soldering, and CAD design, all of which are skills that must be practiced and not simply taught. We also learn industry best practices for manufacturing and electrical work.
Last year, Seth, Daniel, and Catherine teamed up to build a 30-pound combat robot just for fun. This robot, dubbed KARMA, was brought to and competed at the Motorama Robot Conflict event in February 2018 and won two of its four fights. However, the University was only able to supply travel expenses for the competition, so every part of the robot itself was paid for out of pocket by these three students. Upon bringing news of the event and the sport of Combat Robotics to the University of Rochester Robotics Club, they loved the idea of the sport. It was decided that for the 2019 competition we would assemble a true University of Rochester Combat Robotics team, and compete with multiple robots in order to get as many interested students as possible involved.
The competition involves 3-minute matches in which the goal is to ‘knock out’ or otherwise disable your opponent. There are several weight classes at the competition we are attending. We will be entering a 3-pound ‘Beetleweight’ and 30-pound ‘Sportsman’ robot. The competition, known as Robot Conflict at Motorama, will be in February in Harrisburg, PA.
For this year we are hoping to bring two of our teams to the robotics competitions. The Robot Conflict at Motorama is the largest combat robot competition on the east coast. Our team competed in this annual competition last year with a team of three people and one robot. For this year, we hope to bring five or more people and two robots to compete in two different weight categories. Our team is also excited to be competing in Marine Advanced Technology Education competition and bring a team of 5-10 students and one ROV.
Seth Schaffer, Combat Robotics team lead (30-pound), Senior in Mechanical Engineering
Daniel Parish, Combat Robotics team lead (3-pound), Junior in Mechanical Engineering
Catherine Mawn-Mahlau, Combat Robotics, Senior in Mechanical Engineering
Alex Labonte, Combat Robotics, Sophomore in Electrical and Computer Engineering
Ben Kahan, Combat Robotics, Freshman in Mechanical Engineering and Economics
Shira Hersch, MATE lead, Sophomore in Mechanical Engineering
Adham Mushaly, MATE lead, Sophomore in Electrical and Computer Engineering
Jack Dalton, MATE, Junior in Mechanical Engineering and Computer Science
Anis Idrizovic, MATE, Freshman in Computer Science
Oishee Rahman, MATE, Freshman in Biomedical Engineering
Alessio Inskip, MATE, Freshman in Electrical and Computer Engineering
Ryan Balloun, MATE, Freshman in Biomedical Engineering
Thabani Dube, MATE, Sophomore in Computer Science
Mustafa Suqqaqui, MATE, Freshman in Electrical and Computer Engineering
Edmund Sepeku, MATE, Freshman in Physics and Astronomy