Top Pick for Students With an R&D Mindset
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Students in the Spotlight
There’s an App for That
Students in Jonathan Sprinkle’s 2016 Software Engineering Concepts class were focused on putting an end to everyday annoyances. One team, including programmer Jacob Dorer, created an app to alert drivers to pesky potholes on local roads.As a Tucson driver, I encounter potholes all the time, so our team set out to develop an app that makes them easy to find and even easier to avoid.
Blogging on Technology
Brian Winkler started out majoring in journalism, but his love for creating things won out, and he transferred to UA Engineering in 2017. His weekly tech column for the Arizona Daily Wildcat keeps him in the writing mode, too.I would frequently put off schoolwork for projects I was working on – tinkering with and building small electric devices. I realized that while I really enjoyed writing, I truly loved designing and building things.
Cultivating National Honors
Iota Xi, the UA student chapter of the Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers–Eta Kappa Nu honor society, received the organization’s Outstanding Chapter Award in 2015, for the fourth time. Megan Pritchard, BS 2016, was vice president at the time.Iota Xi is an extremely active chapter, and the IEEE-HKN board of governors was impressed by several of the programs we described in our annual report.
Mark Omo, electrical engineer at Marcus Engineering and a UA student, won the grand prize at Hack Arizona 2016 for his drone flight monitoring and control software.Our software is unique. Instead of people controlling individual drones directly, they program software to delegate assignments to groups of drones.
Hexapod in High Demand
During his senior undergraduate year, Matt Bunting built a six-legged robot for class. Not only did Intel Corp. order two of the robots, but an Arizona robotics company asked the undergraduate to lend his software development expertise to the company.I did not want to preprogram any of those walking algorithms, I wanted it to figure out how to walk straight forward on its own. It has the ability to figure it out itself.
Casey Mackin, BS 2014, received a National Astronaut Scholarship from former Skylab astronaut and U.S. Astronaut Hall of Fame member Ed Gibson. Now he is pursuing a PhD at UC Berkeley.Research can be highly rewarding and will expose you to many other opportunities. I like the idea of building things and being able to create my own ideas and see whether they work.
An Engineer’s Ear
Jonathan Gross, BS 2011, was the first UA student in 25 years to earn an engineering degree and a piano performance degree simultaneously. He was named a 2011 laureate by national engineering honor society Tau Beta Pi.UA Engineering helped me along my path in many ways. I am especially grateful for the personal care, attention, and opportunities to excel that I received while serving as an Engineering Ambassador.