Robotic Team Wins Championship

by Mark D. Weinstein, Executive Director of Public Relations

For the second consecutive year, a team of Cedarville University engineering students won the American Society of Engineering Education’s (ASEE) Autonomous Robotics competition. The event was held in Indianapolis.
The annual competition is open to freshmen and sophomore engineering students. Each team is required to build and program a robot that completes a task, which is selected to be specific to the host city. This year teams had to race their robots around a miniature track in honor of the Indianapolis 500. For last year’s competition in Atlanta, robots were required to collect orange golf balls in honor of Georgia peaches.
Each team is judged on the robot’s performance as well as a poster presentation, which requires the students to present their work and answer questions from competing teams.
While the victory is important for the Cedarville students and faculty, Clint Kohl, professor of computer engineering, said it is not what the competition is really about.
“Winning is just frosting on the cake,” said Kohl, “because the main goal is to develop students so they become professional engineers who will make their organizations better and who use their abilities to represent Christ.”
Cedarville University, located east of Dayton, Ohio, has 3,459 students in more than 100 areas of study. A Baptist university of arts, sciences, professional and graduate programs, Cedarville is recognized nationally for rigorous academic programs, strong graduation and retention rates, accredited professional and health science offerings, and leading student satisfaction ratings. Visit the University online at