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LETU Wins First Place at IEEE Robotics Competition


LeTourneau University senior electrical engineering and electrical engineering technology majors won first place in the IEEE Region Five Robotics Competition recently in Tulsa, Okla.

The team included Jeremy Liggett of Houston, Texas; Mark Ho of Tokyo, Japan; Michael Searcy of Longview, Texas, Amy Lundberg of Snohomish, Wash.; and Gary Brown of Klamath Falls, Ore.

All of the 36 competing teams brought their compact mobile autonomous robots to harvest energy from simulated renewable energy sources that were placed on a predefined playing field. The robots delivered the energy to an electromechanical device which was used to determine how much energy was harvested. The competition was won by the robot which finished the challenge in the least time.

"LeTourneau's robot stood out from the rest with its consistent performance," said Dr. Seung Kim, engineering professor and IEEE faculty adviser who accompanied the team to competition. "It was one of only two robots that successfully completed the challenge in each of the three rounds, and our students' robot took a much shorter time to complete the challenge. Our students' success shows our courses in electrical engineering meet the high standards for industry."

Competition judges were from the electrical engineering industry.

Other teams competing included the University of Texas, University of Oklahoma, Louisiana Tech University, Louisiana State University, University of Colorado at Colorado Springs, University of Missouri at Columbia, Missouri University of Science and Technology and University of Houston.

IEEE, which originally was an acronym for the Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers, is an association of professionals dedicated to the advancement of technology.

LeTourneau University is an interdenominational Christ-centered university located in Longview, Texas, offering academic majors in aviation, business, criminal justice, education, engineering, health science-nursing, human services, liberal arts, science and psychology. LeTourneau University also offers graduate degrees in business administration, counseling, education, engineering, psychology and strategic leadership. In addition to its residential campus in Longview, the university offers undergraduate and graduate programs online and at educational centers in Athens, Austin, Baytown, Bedford, Dallas, Harlingen, Houston, and Tyler.

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