Operating from 2002-2008, the Phoenix Project team designed and built fully autonomous helicopters to participate in the International Aerial Robotics Competition of the Association for Unmanned Vehicle Systems International.
This 2005-2006 LETU team responded to specifications developed by Engineering World Health to design a working prototype of a pulse oximeter tester. The goal was to produce a design that could be manufactured in bulk for less than ten dollars per unit to be donated to hospitals in developing nations. A prototype was produced and tested, with encouraging results.
The LETU Formula Racing teams designed, built and raced small open-wheel race cars for the Society for Automotive Engineers' Formula Series competitions from 2002-2009, entering the competition itself for six of those years. LeTourneau University earned 12th place out of 117 competing teams from all over the world in 2002 and earned the "Rookie of the Year."
Supported in part by an NSF grant, Intelligent Prosthetic Arm teams from 1997-2004 investigated the movement and control of the human arm, ultimately developing a working model that accurately simulated arm movement and was controlled at the elbow and wrist by electrical signals from the muscles in a test subject's arm. The results of this research contributed to the formation of the LEGS prosthetics projects.
The 2006-2007 LIRA project team built and demonstrated a robot with joints capable of rotating in a single direction an unlimited number of times.