Department of Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering

Congratulations CWRU Cutter for taking 1st place

 

The Case Western Reserve CWRU Cutter, the university's autonomous robotic lawn mowing team, brought back a 1st place from Dayton, Ohio this weekend.  The team includes undergraduate and graduate students from electrical engineering, computer engineering, and mechanical engineering.  All of the team members are BS/MS students.  Each team member brings a different skill to the team in order to build a competitive autonomous robotic lawnmower at the Institute of Navigation's Autonomous Robotic Lawnmower competition. 

CWRU Cutter, Team CWRU Cut's robot lawn mower, performed admirably against tough competition from universities such as Auburn and Wright State who placed 2nd and 3rd respectively.  There were fifteen teams attending the competition.  Nine of the teams were in the "dynamic" competition leaving six teams to be in the slightly easier "static" competition. 

For the first time in the history of the eight year competition, the "Best Quality of Cut Award" was finally given to CWRU Cutter for mowing 80% of the competition's cutting field area while creating an aesthetically pleasing look to the resulting field. 

The team has been extended the offer to attend the Institute of Navigation's Global Navigation Satellite Systems conference in Portland, Oregon. The conference is in September. The team will be offered a twenty minute presentation slot as well as a table and area to bring the mower for display.

The team would like to thank everyone at the university who made the project a success.  The team depends on utilizing the services, knowledge, and support of the CWRU faculty, students, and staff year after year - and would like to say, "Thanks!"  Finally, the team would like to thank MTD Products - the Valley City, Ohio company - who has sponsored the team for four years in both monetary donations and parts. 

More on the competition itself is here: http://www.ion.org/satdiv/alc/.