In September 2000, the Engineering Design Team (EDT) was created by a group of UIC undergraduate engineering students whose interests were grounded in technology and robotics. The club was designed to give students a chance to use their engineering knowledge to design and build robots in order to achieve a set of goals while competing against other teams.
Since robotics incorporates a wide variety of engineering disciplines, including mechanical, electrical, and computer engineering, the club soon became very diverse, with numerous young men and women with a variety engineering and non-engineering backgrounds joining the ranks. When students join EDT they can expect to become part of an active and capable team that holds a strong passion for what they do. The overall experience and knowledge that they gain not only nurtures their passion to excel as UIC students, but also helps them develop professional engineering attitudes.
Gain valuable experience as engineers
Develop leadership and communication skills
Expand students’ knowledge of numerous engineering disciplines
Reinforce the strong reputation of the UIC College of Engineering
Work on many varying multi-disciplinary projects
Promote STEM to the community and our peers
2013-2014 Competition Highlights
2nd place in Engineering Design at IGVC
1st Place (Team Richard) and 3rd Place (Team GlaDos) at JSDC
“Most Single Round Points” award (Team Richard) and “Most Minimalist” award (Team GlaDos) at JSDC
First Time Competitor at NASA Robotic Mining Competition, 15th out of 36 teams
2013-2014 Operating Highlights
Increased team membership by 45 people
Diverse membership spanning the Honors College, Tau Beta Pi, Tau Sigma, Eta Kappa Nu, and Alpha Eta Mu Beta
Sponsorship from AMD, Motorola, NVidia, SICK Sensors, and NASA
Participated in Project Lead The Way (PLTW), High School/Middle School/Elementary School Outreach Events
Gain hands on experience in engineering design, leadership, communication, and teamwork.
Make modifications to prepare for next years NASA Robotic Mining Competition
Increase ranking in the Navigation Competition of IGVC 2014
Continue our strong showing at Jerry Sanders Creative Design Competition
Showcase competition robots at E-Week, EXPO
Continue to create a better experience for our members
Establish an open curriculum for introductory robotics
Increase our outreach efforts to further promote Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics (STEM)
EDT strives to be a design team, not just an assembly or systems integration team, even though system integration is an important part of design. These competitions forces us to apply proper design philosophies in order to produce a working machine that can compete successfully.
00-01 First year at JSDC. The task was unscrewing light bulbs.
01-02 Bocci-Bob (later known as Thor) at JSDC. Task was bowling & bocci balls.
02-03 Moto-Bob and Scarab at JSDC. Task was balloons.
03-04 Ares taken to JSDC. Task was tetris pieces. EDT secured their current shop space.
04-05 Ares and Thor (Bob 2.0) at JSDC. Task was picking up foam balls. EDT won most creative award for Ares.
05-06 Ares and Thor. Thor was the first fully autonomous robot at JSDC. Task was picking up foam balls. Ares wins first place, Thor was most innovate.
06-07 EDT’s first time at IGVC with Achilles.
Took Ares, Thor, Odin, and Loki to JSDC. Task was hula hoops and Frisbees. Ares-3rd, Thor-4th.
07-08 IGVC – Achilles.
Ares, Thor, Odin, and Loki to JSDC. Task was hoops and Frisbees again. Ares-1st Thor-4th.
08-09 IGVC – EDT Qualifies for the first time!
Took Ares, Thor, Odin, and Kronos to JSDC. Task was balloons. Kronos-2nd, Odin-Demo Champion.
10-11 3rd Place at JSDC with Raijin, and Good Sportsmanship Award with Sephiroth. Task was foam balls
IGVC – Kratos and Enyo
11-12 Task at JSDC was foam balls
JSDC 1st Place – Sepiroth
JSDC 2nd Place + Demolition Champion – Raijin
IGVC – Kratos
12-13 IGVC – EDT Qualifies for the second time! They also took home 3rd in Engineering Design, 15th in JAUS, and 22nd in Auto-Nav. This earned them 8th Place overall, an EDT PR!
First place at JSDC with Thanatos. Lamashtu wins Demolition Champion.
13-14 Task at JSDC was cones and soccer balls
JSDC 1st Place – Team Richard + “Most Single Round Points”
JSDC 3rd Place – Team GlaDos + “Most Minimalist”
RMC 15th out of 36 – Hush Puppy
IGVC 2nd Place Engineering Design – Scipio
Motivation. Passion. Team Work.
Professor Miloš Žefran received diploma degrees in Electrical Engineering and Mathematics in 1989 and 1992 respectively, and a M.Sc. in Electrical Engineering in 1992, all from the University of Ljubljana, Slovenia. He received a M.Sc. degree in Mechanical Engineering and a Ph.D. degree in Computer Science from the University of Pennsylvania in 1995 and 1996 respectively. Since Summer 1999 he has been with the Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering at the University of Illinois at Chicago where he is currently an associate professor.
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