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Students Shine at NASA Design Challenge Showcase

Manufacturing Engineering "TX STATE MARS DRILLERS" team from the Ingram School of Engineering shined at the NASA Texas Space Grant Consortium (TSGC) Design challenge 2014 showcase. Their excellent performance led to winning the top overall design team, best model, and best poster awards!

Team members included Bryan R. Avila (team leader), Timothy Hartline, Patrick Stalnaker, and Dillon Sterling.

The project included developing and demonstrating a concept for a fully robotic drill capable of reaching at least 20 meters in depth on the planet Mars that would also allow for cutting of cylindrical samples.

“I am especially proud of this team.  I have been doing this for a number of years, and this is one of the best, if not the best, team that I have ever mentored.  I was truly impressed.” said Dr. Humboldt C. Mandell, from the University of Texas Center for Space Research and NASA-TSGC mentor for the team.

“Anytime our students have participated in a regional or national level competition, they have had great performance. And it is not an accidental performance in a lucky day.  It reflects the quality of educations in our programs that are provided to these students.” said Dr. Asiabanpour, advisor for the team and manufacturing engineering senior design course instructor