“Just shut up and let me drive!” UF engineering student’s robot creation is a viral sensation

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Electrical and Computer Engineering master student, Andrew Gray and his pet parrot Pepper made headlines everywhere with their beak-driven “Bird Buggy”. Gray’s YouTube video demonstrating the buggy and Pepper’s driving skills has gone viral with over 538,000 hits and been featured on NBC’s Today Show and ABC’s Good Morning America. The buggy has also been featured on NBC News, CNET, …

University of Florida engineering students demonstrate robot creations

In Engineering Education, News by Alexys Martinez

The University of Florida’s College of Engineering showed the public what robots can do on Wednesday. Eric Schwartz, associate director of the Machine Intelligence Laboratory, said UF students’ past robots have won world championships in the past, and this semester’s creations are equally captivating. Schwartz said he is always impressed with the great work produced by students like Andrew Gray …

Students to show off robotic innovations at demo day

In Engineering Education, News by Chabeli Herrera

Despite his clipped wings, Pepper the parrot is now mobile and a little quieter thanks to robotics. Pepper now cruises around in the Bird Buggy, a robot created by Andrew Gray, a 29-year-old electrical and computer engineering graduate student, for the intelligent machines design laboratory course. Hosted by the course instructors, The Bird Buggy, and 12 other robots created by …

UF students place second in international robotic submarine competition

In Engineering Education, Honors & Awards, News by Claudia Adrien

GAINESVILLE, Fla. — University of Florida engineering students have garnered a second-place finish at the International RoboSub Competition in San Diego, where they tested their skills with a small robotic submarine autonomously maneuvering through a series of obstacles on a military base. The competition, sponsored by Associated for Unmanned Vehicles Systems International and the U.S. Office of Naval Research, is …

Class of 2012: As engineers, be our world’s problem solvers

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Be about something more than just you. Do something more than just one person can do. Strive to have great accomplishments, not to be great.  And to the extent that if you are ever put in leadership positions, create goals and vision that transcend organizations and bring people together such that one plus one ultimately is greater than two. Martin …

UF student chosen for Apple developers conference

In Engineering Education, News by Jessica Oliver

GAINESVILLE, Fla. — A University of Florida student has received one of only 150 worldwide scholarships to attend Apple Inc.’s sold-out Worldwide Developers Conference. David F. Muir V, a 22-year-old senior electrical engineering major, won the scholarship by submitting an application and work samples, which includes two iPad apps he created, to Apple. The scholarship covers the $1,599 cost of …

Civil Engineering Student wins $12,500 Scholarship

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TALLAHASSEE — The Florida Institute of Consulting Engineer/American Council of Engineering Companies of Florida is pleased to announce that Karl Kremser attending the University of Florida was recently awarded both a state $5,000 and national $7,500 scholarship.    Since 2004, FICE/ACEC of Florida scholarship honors one Florida college student expressing interest and commitment to the business and management of the engineering …

Six Students Received Awards at Commencement

In Engineering Education, Honors & Awards, News by Staff Report

Gator Engineering is proud to call more than 1,100 new graduates Gator Engineering Alumni. The commencement ceremony for Master’s and Bachelor’s degree students was held on Sunday, May 6, at 2 p.m. in the O’Connell Center. Watch the streaming video at: http://video.ufl.edu/service2/public/pub_showMain.php?id=33445. Highlights of the ceremony included keynote speaker Marty Abbott, former SVP of Technology/CTO of eBay; Distinguished Alumni Felix A. …

Engineering students’ ‘Chem-E-Car’ places nationally

In Engineering Education, News by Meredith Rutland, Alligator Contributing Writer

The University of Florida AIChE Chem-e-Car Team placed 2nd out of 32 universities in the Distance Competition and won the award for the Most Consistent Performance (best average distance between the two runs). As Cougar rolled to the finish, its creators held their breath. The car, fueled entirely by chemical reactions, had passed the rigorous safety test. It was consistent …