Carl Hayden Robotics Featured in Unmanned Systems Magazine
Posted by Community Relations Department at 1/16/2013
Falcon Robotics team members John Rangel and Dillon Dayea were featured as the “Ones to Watch” in the December issue of Unmanned Systems magazine, a publication of the Association for Unmanned Systems International (AUVSI). The Falcons have competed in the association’s annual RoboSub event the last two summers in San Diego, one of only a few high school teams that take on an international field of universities. The magazine regularly takes a look at especially promising students or teams entering the world of unmanned systems. Rangel competed in the 2012 RoboSub competition as the lead programmer, working on autonomous motion of Hayden’s underwater robot. Dayea is the lead designer for the team, focusing on the Falcon sub’s lattice structure and watertight hulls.
Rangel, a senior hopes to attend a school such as Cornell, which he has competed against, and earn a degree in either mechanical or computer engineering.
“Autonomous robots are the future and are only going to keep on growing. That is why we decided to start learning how to build, work and program autonomous robots,” Rangel told the publication. “I think the biggest challenge in the industry is the education new employees enter the workforce with. Large numbers of engineers may have graduated with a degree, but are incapable of doing many of the jobs they studied for. Universities have a tendency to teach mostly theoretical, which is great for a classroom but almost worthless in the workforce.”
Dayea, a senior who is applying to Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University and study aerospace or aeronautical engineering in college agrees.
“We are constantly competing against other countries such as China and India to see who can produce the most engineers and solve problems. That is why we compete in these robotics competitions, because we want hands-on experience on real-world situations,” Dayea said.