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School of Engineering

Senior Projects 2008-2009


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Team Rock Rover Design & Development


  • Joe Betcher
  • Dale Burnham
  • Bob Hemeleski
  • Jonathan Lane
  • Mark Stumpo

Faculty Advisor:

  • Dr. Robert Hildebrand


  • Lake Superior State University

Industrial Contact:

  • Dr. Wael Mokhtar

Project Description: Mars Land Rover

Team R2D2 designed, developed, fabricated, assembled and tested an omni-directional rover to compete at the 2009 American Society of Mechanical Engineers (ASME) Student Professional Development Conference for District B in Dayton, Ohio. Team R2D2 placed second overall in the Student Design Competition, advancing themselves to the international student design competition in Lake Buena Vista, Fla.
The competition consists of a course with three obstacles of varying height and width. The rover has four minutes to navigate the course, surmount or navigate the obstacles, retrieve seven strategically-positioned rock samples and place them in a designated target area. R2D2’s rover design focuses on quick and accurate pick-up and placement of the rock samples.
It will be used to promote technical learning skills and unique design-and-development prototypes at Lake Superior State University in addition to the exposure the university will receive when the team competes at the International Mechanical Engineering Congress & Exposition’s student design competition in November.

Links to the 2008-2009 Teams: