Illinois Robotics in Space (IRIS) is an organization dedicated to designing and building a robot for the NASA Robotics Mining Competition (RMC). I participated on technical teams for 3 years and went to the competition each year representing Illinois as a member of the pit crew, as seen in the video below (starting at 0:22).
Mechanical Team (2 years)
- Designed drive system
- Robot assembly and repair
Autonomous Team (1 year)
- Contributed an extensive trade study utilizing quality function deployment methods on existing path planning algorithms to the 2015 1st Place winning Systems Engineering Paper at NASA RMC
- Selected and implemented path planning function of robot using Robot Operating System (ROS)
- Created a complementary filter in C++ by implementing sensor fusion between the on-board IMU and localization beacon to obtain higher fidelity position data from the robot
IRIS shaped me as a teammate and an engineer as much as my academic and research work. In addition, I also learned the value of giving back to the community.
Educational Outreach Team (3 years)
- Elected IRIS Ed-Out Director for 2 years
- Coordinated 9 events, amassed over 190 volunteer hours, and reached more than 2250 people in two semesters (iris-ed-out-review-2015)
- Won 2nd Place IEEE Projects Fair Popular Vote
- Won 3rd Place for Presentation of Society at Engineering Open House