Lunabotics team members: Benjamin Bennett, Ross Bailey, and Evan Carroll with robot.
Chico Team Shoots for the Moon
Six engineering students built a land-roving robot from scratch and entered NASA’s 2012 Lunabotics Mining Competition. One of the team members, who had been a NASA intern, applied for the competition, and the team applied for a $3,000 grant through NASA Exploration Systems Mission Directorate. Although the group didn’t win the competition, held in Florida, they came in with one of the lightest-weight robots and high scores for dust mitigation. The competition requires dedication, ingenuity, and teamwork. “By going to this competition, we have put Chico on the map as a first-rate institution for producing competent and innovative engineers,” said team member Evan Carroll.
Robot Chibi Brings Home the Bronze
Mechatronic engineering major Kris Magri competed in the 2012 RoboGames, an international robotics competition held annually in San Mateo. She and her robot, Chibi, competed in three Android events: Freestyle, Dash, and Weight Lifting. Chibi, a bipedal robot, earned a bronze medal in the Weight Lifting competition.
Concrete Industry Management Places Nearly 100% of Students
The Concrete Industry Management (CIM) program celebrates nearly 100 percent job placement among graduates, becoming a certified lab for Stadium concrete durability testing software, and completing a third successful year of the CSU, Chico CIM Summer Field School at Alcatraz Island in partnership with the National Park Service and BASF Corporation. Students selected for the field school are routinely recruited by top companies worldwide for careers in concrete repair and other areas of the concrete and construction industries.
Barn Raising for Patrick Ranch
Construction management (CM) students partnered with community organizations to construct a 2,500-square-foot visitor pavilion for the Patrick Ranch Museum. The project, under the leadership of construction management students, was erected by 70 students over three three-day weekends in April 2012 as part of CSU, Chico’s 125th anniversary celebration. The students were mentored by four CM faculty members and their Industry Advisory Board’s local members (Gage Chrysler, Modern Building; Pat Conroy, Conroy Construction; and Howard Slater, Slater & Son).
Joseph Greene, Mechanical and Mechatronic Engineering and Sustainable Manufacturing, published “PHA Biodegradable Blow-Molded Bottles: Compounding and Performance” in the proceedings of the SPE ANTEC Conference, April 2012, and co-authored “Mechanisms and Impact of Fiber–Matrix Compatibilization Techniques on the Material Characterization of PHBV/Oak Wood Flour Engineered Biobased Composites,” in Composites Science and Technology, Vol. 72, Issue 6 (2012).
Greg Kallio, Mechanical and Mechatronic Engineering and Sustainable Manufacturing, had his research on thermal mass featured in “Mass Confusion,” by Charles Wardell, on the GreenBuilder website.