Author: Baylee Demuth
The Engineering Technology and Management (ETM) Robotics Team took 2nd place in the design, electronics, and control categories at the Association of Technology, Management, and Applied Engineering (ATMAE) Annual Conference in Charlotte, North Carolina on November 8.
The team’s adviser, Associate Professor of ETM Jesus Pagan, has been with the team for two years. Six ETM students: Cameron Womack, Zachary Hassan, Garrett Royal, James Woosley, Logan Wilkovich, and Adam Kirby, competed in the competition. The competition’s purpose is to serve as a way to engage college students in various engineering activities.
“Students went through many design iterations for the chassis and the gripper mechanism for the robot. There are always many challenges especially as new team members are recruited every year,” Pagan said, “Seriously, [I’ve enjoyed] watching them grow as a team and individuals before and throughout the competition.”
The theme of this year’s conference was “Fueling the Fourth Industrial Revolution: Industry 4.0.” Over the span of three days, students were given tours of local industry companies and institutions that have implemented technology that improves safety, quality, and yield in their facilities.
ETM senior Cole Stephan won Best Poster at the ATMAE Conference for his project, “Applying Design of Experiment in Performance Optimization of an Automated Position Control System,” that he worked on with Associate Professor of ETM Yuqiu You and Assistant Professor of ETM Mustafa Shraim. The research focused on utilizing the design of experiments to optimize the performance if an electrohydraulic cylinder and previously won him a scholarship from ATMAE’s Manufacturing Division.
“This award means a lot to me. I come from a family of very successful engineers, I hope to continue this legacy. My grandfather is who inspired me to become an engineer and I believe he would have been proud,” Stephan said.
Stephan is currently president of the honors fraternity for engineering technology, Epsilon Pi Tau. He is also a member of the Society of Manufacturing Engineers. He has interned with Swagelok twice within the last two years.
“They taught me the importance of agility, accountability, and commitment to employees. I am excited to be working with them once again as a full-time employee once I graduate,” Stephan said.