INSIDE Chico State
0 May 16, 2002
Volume 32 Number 16
  A publication for the faculty, staff, administrators, and friends of California State University, Chico




From the President's Desk

Calendar of Events






Debaters Win Regional and National Honors

Debater Kylie Robertson was named Academic All-American at the Cross Examination Debate Association National Tournament, held at CSU, Fullerton in early April. Robertson, a senior speech communication major, was one of only 25 students nationwide to be recognized for academic accomplishments alongside competitive success.

“At CSU, Chico we have set up a travel schedule and squad climate that puts achievement in the classroom ahead of achievement at debate tournaments,” said Kristina Schriver, director of forensics.

Robertson and her debate partner, Jeremy Bowers, are the Northern California Debate Champions. At the national tournament they won their first elimination debate against a highly successful team from Seattle University, and then lost in the second elimination debate against Berkeley.

On April 29, Robertson also won the 2002 Outstanding Policy Debater award from the Northern California Forensics Association. Robertson will graduate from CSU, Chico this spring and will attend graduate school at Pepperdine University in the fall. She was awarded a teaching associate position and will work with the Pepperdine debate team.

Also receiving awards at the national debate tournament was Zach Justus. Justus, a speech communication major, won a place on the All-American Debate Team. These awards are given to debators who uphold the ideals of citizenship and goodwill.

Student Engineer’s Micromouse Is Amazing

For a second year, Chico electrical engineering students took first place in the micromouse competition, hosted in Chico on May 4 and sponsored by the Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineering (IEEE).

Four western universities competed in the micromouse competition—UC Davis, the University of Hawaii, San Francisco State University, and CSU, Chico—and three universities competed in the design portion of the competition— CSU, Sacramento; University of Nevada-Reno; and CSU, Chico. Four other universities attended the event but didn’t compete.

The winning micromouse, a microcomputer, must navigate a maze in the shortest amount of time. Each microcomputer can make several different attempts, “remembering” and then calculating the shortest route. Senior Jatin Patel’s micromouse completed the maze in 28 seconds. The second-place micromouse finished in 54 seconds.

The first place in the design competition is a semi-autonomous vehicle, the “Micro-Mut,” designed by Omar Fathallah, computer engineering. “Micro-Mut” can receive voice commands to move and turn. In addition, there is a pen placed under the vehicle that allows it to write.

The second-place design is a team project by James Crowell and Erwin Lopez, computer engineering. The design is called a “Remote Surveillant Video Platform”—a wireless controlled video camera.

Every student majoring in electrical or computer engineering is required to take 2 units of a senior project course. All three winning entries are senior projects. Ben-Dau Tseng, professor in the Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering, is adviser to the student IEEE organization.

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