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Shepherd take third place in international robotics competition

ISSUED: 20 April 2011
MEDIA CONTACT: Valerie Owens
(Shepherd take third place in international robotics competition)

Shepherdstown, WV--Shepherd University students took third place in the Trinity College International Fire Fighting Home Robot Contest and RoboWaiter Competition in Hartford, Connecticut, on April 9 and 10 and were the only U.S. team to place in the senior division of the fire fighting category.

Students in the robotics competition that took third place included Matt Alt, junior computer engineering major from Baker; Michael Skaggs, sophomore computer engineering major from Arnoldsburg and Matt Tark, sophomore computer engineering major from Hagerstown, Maryland.

Shepherd students represented four of the 40 teams that participated in the competition from schools including Penn State, Johns Hopkins University, and Polytechnic Institute of New York University. Matt Alt, April Tressler, sophomore mathematics major from Thurmont, Maryland, and Matt Griffith, junior computer engineering major from Boonsboro, Maryland, took third place in the written exam category, the Olympiad Exam, which is a 50-minute exam that includes math, science, engineering, and programming in the senior division. This is the third time Shepherd's Robotics Team has competed in an international competition.

"I'm really amazed at the students ability to compete against students from colleges both across the country as well as internationally," said Dr. Seung-yun Kim, assistant professor of computer information sciences.

Kim said that the competition provides students with a good experience to look at other teams and how they design and build robots.

"This is a unique opportunity for students to get experience at Shepherd; it will prepare them for their career field as robotics grows in demand and popularity," Kim said.

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