ECET students bring BRIAN to life for engineering robotics competition

SAVANNAH – A team of five Electronic and Computer Engineering Technology (ECET) students at Savannah Technical College have designed and built a robot for competition. B.R.I.A.N. (Beginning Realm of Intelligent Artificial Navigation) will compete in a robotics competition at the Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers (IEEE) Southeast Conference on March 15 – 18 in Orlando, Fla.

     STC’s team members Megan Kittrell, Davon Cleary, Derek Edens, Jeremy Hefner, and Jeffrey Meeker (not pictured) created an autonomous information-gathering robot, aka BRIAN, who will traverse a maze-like course, analyzing electrical signals and other information along the course. The signals and information will allow BRIAN to make decisions in order to follow the proper path. The students have applied the knowledge from their analog, digital, and instrumentation courses at Savannah Tech to design and build BRIAN. Robots like BRIAN could be used for practical purposes such as inspecting a ship’s hull and exploring the far reaches of space.

      “I am proud of our students, and this is proof that they are receiving a quality education that will enable them to solve real-life problems,” said STC’s ECET Department Head Dr. Oluwayomi Adamo. “I wish them good luck.”

     In Fall 2011, Savannah Tech established a student branch of IEEE, the world’s largest professional association dedicated to advancing technological innovation and excellence for the benefit of humanity. The group is formed among students enrolled in the college’s ECET program with Department Head Dr. Oluwayomi Adamo serving as Branch Counselor and Derek Edens serving as Student Branch Chair.

Savannah Tech offers an ECET associate degree with three specializations: instrumentation and control engineering technology, computer engineering technology, and electronics engineering technology.

The ECET associate degree at Savannah Technical College is accredited by the Technology Accreditation Commission of ABET, 111 Market Place, Suite 1050; Baltimore, MD 21202, 410.341.7700.

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