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engineering technology & computer science robotics Bluefield State College’s Robotics Team gears up for another Intelligent Ground Vehicle Competiton (IGVC). Bluefield State College carried away the trophy in 2008, and again in 2018. Our Blue & Gold engineering students will compete against their peers in the International Intelligent Ground Vehicle Competition (IGVC). The June competition is held every year at Oakland University in Rochester, Michigan. The winner takes home the coveted Paul Lescoe Cup. Bluefield State carried away the trophy in 2008, and again in 2018. The 2008 team’s entry covered 600 feet of the course in three minutes eight seconds. Second place went to Lawrence Technological University whose robot covered 420 feet in five minutes. Farther down in the pack were teams from the University of Michigan, Princeton, Penn State and others. This year’s team is putting the finishing touches on their 2020 entry. In addition to the trophy, Bluefield State was awarded $3,000. Bluefield State’s Robotics Team is taking its champion reputation into another tournament against teams from leading engineering programs around the world. Twice in the last twelve years, Bluefield State has bested better-known teams with far bigger budgets. 14 BLUE AND GOLD The 2018 team blew away the field in the Auto-Nav Challenge with 48 GrandAward points. Runner-up Boise State University earned 20. It shared the Lescoe Cup with Hosei University, a private university from Tokyo, Japan. The winners also brought brought home $3,000 in prize money. This year’s team is putting the finishing touches on their 2020 entry. Members and their fields of study include: • Evan Rees, team leader, electrical engineering • Chris Hammond, co-team leader, electrical engineering • Sam Bauer, mechanical engineering • Jacob Clarkson, engineering • Nickolas George, electrical engineering • Elisha McClary, engineering • Ryan Heimer, engineering • Robert Vernon, engineering They’re mentored by engineering professor Joseph Hazelwood. Each robot demands various skill sets from each member of the team. These include design, programming, machining and, most important of all, on-the-spot problem-solving. Without giving away any “trade secrets,” the BSC robot will go into the field with the following advances: • One hundred pounds lighter than previous entries • A higher chassis capable of navichalleng- ing terrains • A custom-designed heat dissipator • Custom-designed, high tolerance, 3-D printed parts Professor Hazelwood said about this year’s team, “It is great to see how the students work together every year and from different majors. Each student brings new ideas to the table. All the engineering programs work well as a team.” WINTER 2020 15