URSA News

Robotics Team Wins Award

UAF's team in the 2014 NASA Robotic Mining Competition won the Judge's Innovation Award for their four-wheeled mining robot. The team's trophy was presented at the NASA Kennedy Space Center visitor's complex, directly underneath the space shuttle Atlantis on display there. The team's robot is nearly 5 feet wide, weighs just over 100 pounds, and mined a total of 170 pounds of dusty simulated Martian regolith during two 10-minute teleoperated mining missions. 

The travelling student team members are: Arsh Chauhan, John Pender, Tyler Pruce and Dalton Newbrough. The faculty advisor is Dr. Orion Lawlor. Travel support was provided by URSA and the College of Engineering and Mines.

Funding Opportunities

Check out the URSA Awards page (on the menu list to the left) for new Requests for Proposals. Five or six sets of awards are provided by URSA each academic year.

Research Day

Research Day posters can now be accessed at ScholarWorks @ UA -- the University Institutional Repository. Enter "Research Day" into the search field, and view collections of many of the posters presented at Research Day since 2012.

UAF Research Day is the last Tuesday of April each year.

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