Every year for the last three years senior mechanical engineers have divided into teams to play football … robotic football! The mechanical athletes they design and build include linemen, running backs, wide receivers, quarterbacks, and kickers. The technical challenges of designing and building these semi-autonomous ibots deepen students’ understanding of, and ability to implement, engineering principles. The students will use the skills they acquired during the project in their careers as engineers, applying the same principles to develop, among other things, intelligent prostheses, biomedical devices, and electromechanical systems in general.
Until this year the Notre Dame seniors have competed against one another. This year the Irish face the Polar Bears of Ohio Northern University in the first ever intercollegiate robotic football game.
The winning team will receive the Brian Hederman Memorial Robotic Competition Award. Hederman was a Notre Dame student who suffered an untimely death after his freshman year in 1995. The award plaque is inspired by a drawing he left behind.
This free event is open to the campus and the public. Come, cheer for the Irish!
This event is sponsored by the Department of Aerospace and Mechanical Engineering. For more information, contact Associate Professor Michael Stanisic at 574-631-7897, firstname.lastname@example.org.