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The Virginia Mountain Section of the IEEE April 2011 Update

Next Meeting - April 21: Student Presentations on SouthEastcon - Roanoke
Last Meeting
- March 24, 2011 in Roanoke. See Meetings.

A Report on the Design and Performance of Robot Entries to the
2011 Region 3 Student Hardware Contest

Presented by Members of the Virginia Tech and Virginia Military Institute
Robot Teams

Every year IEEE Region 3 holds the Region 3 Student Conference in conjunction with SoutheastCon and the Region 3 Executive Committee meetings. One of the highlights of the student conference is the hardware contest, which is typically a robotics challenge.

This year the challenge consisted of a search and rescue mission, where robots had to autonomously search for "victims" of a disaster and identify their state of being: alive, dead, unconscious, etc. The victims were represented by plastic cylinders with blinking LEDs. The disaster area consisted of the floor-plan of a house with rooms and obstacles. Once a victim was identified, the robot had to verbally announce the condition of the victim represented by the LED. Points were granted for properly locating victims and also for locating a hazard represented by a magnetic field.

The Virginia Tech and Virginia Military Institute teams will present their robot designs, strategies, and the performance of their robots at the contest.


The Virginia Tech Team

Abdullah Asiri (team captain) is a senior from Saudi Arabia. After graduation, he plans to work in the embedded design field and become a project manager in a computers related company.
Matthew Hartman is a sophomore from Virginia. After graduation he plans to enter the computer engineering field while focusing on hardware-software interaction and low-level software.
Matt Clark is a junior from Virginia. His post-graduate plans are to get an electrical engineering position near home and to eventually work with electrical power systems for rockets.
Benjamin Waxler is a junior from California. After graduation, he plans to work in industry.
Nathaniel James Bishop is a junior from Virginia His post-graduate plans are to work in industry.

link to VT presentation

The Virginia Military Institute Team

Sam Kang is a senior from Virginia. After graduation, he plans to commission in the Army National Guard and seek employment with a defense contractor or with the U.S. government.
Todd Robison is a senior from California. After graduation, he plans to serve in the United States Navy and to attend the Naval Post-Graduate School.
Adam Woloshuk is a senior. He plans to seek employment in the computer field after graduation.

Meeting Details:

Date: Thursday, April 21, 2011
Social: 6:30 PM
Dinner: 7:00 PM
Talk: 8:00 PM
Cost: Members & Guests $20.00, Students $10.00

Holiday Inn - Roanoke Valley View (click here for map)
3315 Ordway Drive
Roanoke, Virginia

Directions to Holiday Inn - Roanoke Valley View:
I-581, Exit 3
Hershberger Rd West
1st Right onto Ordway Drive, ¼ mile,
Right into parking lot.

Please contact John Dilley,,540-443-2800 Ext. 8607 (email preferred), to make reservations by 5 PM, Monday, April 18, 2011 and specify the number of attendees.


The Virginia Mountain Section (VMS) of the IEEE has been serving members in the Southwest corner of the Commonwealth of Virginia since 1949.

We currently have two Student Branches in local universities and colleges:

  • Virginia Military Institute
  • Virginia Tech

and the VMS Consultants Network Affinity Group

The purpose of this Affinity Group is to share information concerning consulting opportunities, and to make a list of consultants and their areas of expertise available to potential employers.

Anyone wishing to be added to this group, or desiring more information should contact David Livingston,

Information about our Section, the Chapters, and material of interest to our members may be found by selecting items in the left column of this page.

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