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Students in the Spotlight
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.
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.