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New York Metropolitan Area College Students Compete in 1st Annual Robotics Tournament of Champions at City Tech's Mechatronics Technology Center

Competition organizers and members of first, second and third place teams.

With support provided by the National Science Foundation (NSF), the American Society of Mechanical Engineers (ASME), the Electronics Technicians Association (ETA) and the Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers (IEEE), the Mechatronics Technology Center at New York City College of Technology hosted the 1st Annual Robotics Tournament of Champions on April 28, 2012. The tournament was open to undergraduate students from New York metropolitan area colleges pursuing degrees in various engineering fields and featured their robotic design projects.

The competition was established to enable participating students to gain a better understanding of the design process from start to finish as designing and building something from an idea is integral to the engineering field. The Robotics Tournament of Champions injects the idea of the multidisciplinary nature of product design and provides a hands-on opportunity to practice engineering and have fun at the same time. 

“Brooklyn’s brightest mechanical minds,” wrote reporter Aaron Short in the May 1, 2012 edition of The Brooklyn Paper, “inched the world one step closer to its inevitable robot takeover on Saturday when they put their high-tech creations to the test.”

The winning team included City Tech Computer Engineering Technology Professor Dexter Patrick, faculty advisor to the team, and City Tech students Denis Fadeyev, Ali Harb and Raymond Yap. According to The Brooklyn Paper article, the three students built a motorized mechanical monster named “FasTrak_MS” that efficiently followed a straight line to its target destination in the shortest route possible. A Queensborough Community College team took second place in the competition, and another City Tech team took third place.

The competition, organized by Computer Engineering Technology Assistant Professor Iem Heng with the assistance of Mechanical Engineering Technology Associate Professor Andy Zhang and Associate Professor Mohammad Razani, chair of the Department of Electrical & Telecommunications Engineering Technology, was also covered by Brooklyn News 12.

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