To round off spring break, UND’s Mechanical Engineering department took a team of sophomores to Las Vegas to compete in the American Society of Mechanical Engineers (ASME) Student Design Competition. Dominic Todd, Austin Kilene, Isaiah Klingfus, Nick O’Reilly, Kevin Kilbride, Jared Hibbison, and their coach Dustin McNally took 2nd place, landing them a spot at ASME’s International Mechanical Engineering Congress and Exposition in the fall.
This year, competitors designed a robot to complete a Pentathlon. The robot must lift a weight, throw a tennis ball, hit a golf ball, sprint 10 meters, and climb stairs. “UND was neck and neck with Colorado School of Mines on many events, but they had an issue on the Throw,” said McNally. The team took first in the sprint and golf ball hit, second in the stair climb and weight lift, and fourth in the throw.
Of the 12 teams at the Western US competition, UND is one of two teams invited to compete against other finalists (from Eastern US and Asia Pacific) at the IMECE in Tampa, FL in November.