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( May 8, 1998)
SDSM& T WINS HARDWARE DESIGN AND STUDENT PAPER CONTESTS AT IEEE REGIONAL CONFERENCE / ROBOTICS TEAM 1 OF ONLY 6 TO QUALIFY
The South Dakota School of Mines and Technology ( SDSM& T) won both the hardware design and the student paper contests at the recent Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers ( IEEE) Region 5 Conference in Fort Worth, Texas. Electrical engineering major Ed Fetzer and computer engineering major Toby Foss of Rapid City took first place in the IEEE Hardware Design Contest. They competed against 22 universities including Texas A& M, Texas Tech, and the U. S. Air Force Academy in the contest requiring the letters “ IEEE” to be displayed on an oscilloscope with a blank between each letter.
Angie Monheim, a senior electrical engineering major from Rapid City, won first place in the Student Paper Contest that emphasizes the importance of writing and speaking skills for engineers. Her paper was entitled “ Holographic Data Storage.” Monheim was one of only twelve students in the region selected to give an oral presentation of the technical written papers submitted for the contest.
SDSM& T was one of only six university teams whose student- designed robot qualified in IEEE’s new Robotics Contest. The contest required student- designed robots to maneuver through a scaled- down house, find the room in which a candle is burning, extinguish the candle and then return to home base without touching any of the maze walls. South Dakota Tech’s robotics team members are Karl Hiramoto, computer engineering, Arlington; Angie Monheim, electrical engineering, Rapid City; and Marijane White, computer engineering, Fort Wayne, IN. Rich Ivey, a computer science major from Sioux Falls, provided programming assistance for the robot. In addition to SDSM& T, the twelve university teams competing in the robotics contest included Louisiana State University, Southern Illinois University - Edwardsville, Texas Tech ( 2 robots), University of Missouri - Rolla, University of New Orleans, University of Southern Colorado, University of Southwestern Louisiana - Parks, University of Southwestern Louisiana, University of Texas - Austin and Wichita State University.
Dr. Neil Chamberlain, SDSM& T Associate Professor of Electrical Engineering, serves as faculty advisor to the IEEE Student Chapter. The IEEE Region 5 includes Texas, Colorado, Oklahoma, Kansas, Missouri, Louisiana, and parts of Arkansas, Illinois, New Mexico, Wyoming, South Dakota, and Nebraska.
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