PhD student Kyle Blount and HASS assistant professor Adrianne Kroepsch focused on collaborative problem-solving to protect water resources in the aftermath of wildfires upstream of Fort Collins, Colorado.
The Autonomous Surface Vehicle, a twin-propeller, battery-powered catamaran capable of being programmed or manually controlled via radio, would ferry a sensor payload between user-defined waypoints in a water reservoir.
Winning the semester-long design challenge – and the $1,000 grand prize – was a solution to optimize mosquito collection in order to improve identification accuracy and reduce the threat of mosquito-borne diseases.
Two Mines freshmen are among the makers firing up 3D printers across the state as part of Make4Covid, a coalition of Colorado manufacturers and makers working to provide health care professionals with the equipment they need.
Even a tiny shard of paint in orbit can do damage to a spacecraft. The Mines Capstone Design team will launch their suite of experiments into suborbital space in August 2020 as part of the RockSatX program.
Team DREAMR – short for Drilling Rig for the Exploration and Acquisition of Martian Resources – is the fourth Mines team in four years to qualify for the one-of-a-kind collegiate aerospace competition.