Engineering students win $3,000 in NASA competition

Published: Jun 15, 2010 3:00:00 PM
Media Contact: Sally Credille,, 334-844-3447

A team of mechanical engineering, electrical and computer engineering and computer science and software engineering undergraduate students recently competed in the NASA Lunabotics Mining Competition at Kennedy Space Center. The objective of the competition was to dig as much lunar soil simulant as possible in 15 minutes using a telerobotic excavator of their own design and construction. Twenty-nine university teams entered the competition, with 23 competing in the digging event. The Auburn team dug the second largest amount, winning them $2,500. In addition, they won the systems engineering paper competition, earning another award of $500. The team included mechanical engineering students Jameson Colbert, Dionel Sylvester, Mark Keske, electrical engineering students Michael Payne and Eddie Thomas and computer science student William Woodall.