Samuel Griffin and Jake Webster – UA Robotics Team/Engineering
June 2nd, 2017
Engineering graduate students Samuel Griffin and Jake Webster were part of The University of Alabama robotics team, known as Alabama Astrobotics, that won top prize at the NASA Robotic Mining Competition in May 2017. The event challenges student teams to build a robot capable of navigating and excavating simulated Martian soil. One day, the robotic technologies developed by students for this competition could be used in off-world resource-mining missions to sustain human outposts. During the competition’s seven-year history, a UA team has won four times – and for three consecutive years. This year’s UA team successfully competed against student teams from 45 other institutions for the win. Griffin is pursuing a master’s degree in electrical and computer engineering. Webster is a doctoral student in mechanical engineering. Read the full story.
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