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06-03-2008

Clarkson University FIRST Robotics Team Competes in New York City

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Clarkson University's FIRST Robotics Team competed this spring in the third annual New York City Regional Competition at the Jacob Javits Convention Center in Manhattan. The team is part of the University's SPEED (Student Projects for Engineering Experience and Design) program.FIRST Robotics Team

FIRST (For Inspiration and Recognition of Science and Technology) is a national program that teams together high school students with engineers from universities and industry to design and build remote-controlled robots for competition. Its mission is to inspire high school students to pursue college degrees and ultimately careers in science and technology.

The team also participated in the Finger Lakes Regional held in Rochester, N.Y., in March.

The Clarkson University FIRST Robotics team members at the competition were seniors Kurt Rooks majoring in electrical engineering from Westford, Vt., Kaytlin Tower, computer engineering, Potsdam, N.Y., and Timothy Watson, chemical engineering, Philadelphia, N.Y.; juniors Ashley Cheney, electrical engineering, Farmington, N.Y., Doug Dawson, computer engineering, Voorheesville, N.Y., Tim Delles, e-business, Leyden, N.Y., Andrew Doane, Arete, Laconia, N.H., Chris Knapp, interdisciplinary engineering & management, Mooers, N.Y., and Pat Roche, mechanical engineering, Pembroke, N.H.; sophomores Zach Denoncour, chemistry, Contoocook, N.H., Justin Foss, mechanical engineering, West Suffield, Conn., Joshua Miller, electrical engineering, Norfolk, N.Y., Devin Perkins, mechanical engineering, Dryden, N.Y., and Lauren Roberts, applied math & statistics, Wellesley, Mass.; and freshmen Jeran Bacon, engineering studies, Keeseville, N.Y., Anthony Farino, aeronautical engineering, Bay Shore, N.Y., Andrew Morrison, electrical engineering, Hammond, Ind., Steve Reitsma, mechanical engineering, South Windsor, Conn., and Brad View, engineering studies, Herkimer, N.Y.

The team members from Massena High School are Anna Grinstead, Morgan Traux, Caite McNamara, Katie Hans, Lindsey Hagget, Lauren Bell, Gabby Lashomb, Cassandra Brooks, Rachel Latimer, Bob Neves, Jon Kellogg, Joe Singleton, Patrick Singleton, Colin Lucid, Dylan Ryan, and Jacob Lashomb.

The Salmon Run High School members are Brandon Durant, Jason Beach, Danny Tremblay, Troy Dustin, Chad Fleury, Brad Baxter, Dylan Quinn, Steven Bigness, Clinton Deon, Raymond Phillips, Adam Leroux, and Brandon Shook.

The SPEED (Student Projects for Engineering Experience and Design) program is one of the Wallace H. Coulter School of Engineering hallmark initiatives exemplifying Clarkson's boundary-spanning approach to education. SPEED promotes multidisciplinary, project-based learning opportunities for more than 250 undergraduates annually. Projects involve engineering design and analysis, and fabrication. In addition, students learn real-world business skills such as budget management, effective teamwork, and communications skills. SPEED receives its primary financial support from the Wallace H. Coulter Foundation with contributions from ExxonMobil and Turner Construction Company. The program was recognized with the 2001 Boeing Outstanding Educator Award and the 2002 Corporate and Foundation Alliance Award for its exceptional contributions to improving undergraduate engineering education.

Clarkson University crosses the boundaries of disciplines, nations and cultures in order for discovery, engineering innovation and enterprise to come together. As a result, faculty and graduates grasp the full impact of their calling, direct their research to the world's pressing issues and lead with confidence and distinction. One in seven alumni is already a CEO or other senior executive. Located in Potsdam, N.Y., just outside the six-million-acre Adirondack Park, Clarkson is home to 3,000 students preparing for rewarding careers through 50 rigorous programs of study in engineering, business, arts, science, and health sciences, as well as unparalleled outdoor recreation and life experiences beyond the classroom.

[News directors and editors: For more information, contact Michael P. Griffin, director of News & Digital Content Services, at 315-268-6716 or mgriffin@clarkson.edu.]

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