Three-time champion snow plow team
Two new Russ College video productions profile the 2013 Russ Prize recipients and the winning Autonomous Snowplow student team – “M.A.C.S.” — who won their third straight snowplow competition in January.
The Russ Prize video introduces Drs. Rangaswamy Srinivasan and James J. Wynne, who with the late Dr. Samuel E. Blum developed the technology behind LASIK and PRK vision correction surgery and were awarded the seventh Russ Prize in February by the National Academy of Engineering and Ohio University. Since its humble beginnings in an IBM research lab zapping Rangaswamy’s leftover Thanksgiving turkey, the technology has gone on to improve the lives of millions of people. See the story of these visionary leaders here.
Braving the freezing temperatures that are part of a Minnesota winter, a group of electrical engineering students and their advisers took their autonomously controlled snowplow to Minneapolis for the third annual Institute of Navigation’s autonomous snowplow competition — and brought home their third straight win. Using a 360-degree scanning laser to determine the distance and angle toward beacons placed around the field, the team’s 600-pound, four-wheel-drive robot can find its position within an inch and its heading within half a degree. Meet the team here.