Congratulations to Dr. Jonathan West!

The Southwestern Indian Polytechnic Institute (SIPI) community had a small “Going Away” party for Dr. Jonathan West. Jonathan has accepted a faculty position at the Grand Canyon University in Phoenix, AZ. Dr. West has served as the R&D program manager and faculty for the I-C-MARS (NASA MAIANSE) project since fall 2013. He will continue advising and providing technical assistance to our I-C-Mars team on a part-time basis and as needed. We wish him all the best!

Big Summer Plans for MARHES Lab Students

Congratulations to several MARHES Lab students on the recent awards, fellowships, and summer internships they have been granted! To highlight some of the exciting work they will take part in this summer:

Jonathan West, NM Space Grant – Jonathan was awarded the New Mexico Space Grant for 2016-17, a fellowship program administered by the National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA).

Joseph Kloeppel, AFRL Fellowship – This summer, Joseph will spend 12 weeks working at Kirtland Air Force Research Labs (AFRL) in Albuquerque, New Mexico under the AFRL Scholars Program under the Directed Energy Directorate.

Steven Maurice, AFRL Fellowship – Steven will be part of a 12 week internship with the AFRL Scholars Program where he will work with a Baxter Robot to explore intelligent assembly and manufacturing techniques for spacecraft.

Jasmin Regalado,  AFRL Fellowship – Jasmin will be working with the AFRL Scholars program at their Florida location this summer where she will be conducting research on 3D modeling and printing as well as robotics.

Rebecca Kreitinger, Sandia Natl. Labs Internship – Through the UNM NSF Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics Talent Expansion Program (STEP), Rebecca received a summer internship with Sandia National Labs within the Center for Computing Research (CCR) where she will be studying how performance interference affects parallel application executions.

Carolina Gomez, Sandia Natl. Labs Internship – Carolina will begin working this summer in electronic/optical materials research and development as part of an internship with Sandia National Labs.

In addition, our other MARHES Lab students continue to do fascinating research within our lab in the field of robotics/drones. Best wishes for your summer plans MARHES team, and keep up the good work!

LoboRacers Represent SOE at Capitol

unm-day-1-31-2017 LoboRacers team members Rebecca Kreitinger and Carolina Gomez represented the University of New Mexico’s School of Engineering as part of UNM Day at the New Mexico State Capitol in Santa Fe on Monday, January 30th 2017. Kreitinger and Gomez displayed the team’s F1/10 autonomous race car and answered questions about the car/ competition, UNM’s SOE, and the ECE department. Joining them at the SOE table were Kim Delker (SOE Marketing Manager), Steven Peralta (Director of Engineering Student Services), and Phoenix Baldez, a nuclear engineering grad student demonstrating radiation found in dye with a Geiger counter. 20170130_092053

Visitors ranged from all ages and a variety of backgrounds. State legislators, K-12 students, Capitol employees & visitors, and other members of the UNM family all stopped by to check out the race car, Geiger counter, and talk about engineering. Many of the kids visiting were fascinated by the F1/10 race car and came by to talk with Kreitinger and Gomez about robotics, expressing their enthusiasm for becoming engineers one day.

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The ultimate goal of UNM Day was to provide an opportunity for both state officials and the public to see what UNM is all about, and that this “outreach will make an impact on lawmakers and remind them why it’s important to continue to support UNM.”



LoboRacers take 2nd at First International F1/10 Competition

DSC_1268 (3)On October 2nd 2016, LoboRacers took 2nd at the first International F1/10 Competition. The event took place at Carnegie Mellon University in Pittsburgh, PA. Various other universities attended such as Arizona State University and University of Pennsylvania. The team consisted of Greg Brunson, Carolina Gomez, Rebecca Kreitinger, and Jonathan West. The objective of the competition  was to finish the race course the fastest with a completely autonomous car. Led by Brunson, the team was able to take home 2nd place, losing only by 5 secs.

The competition was aimed to motivate students to come up with algorithms that could help further the topic of autonomous driving.

Congratulations LoboRacers!

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F1/10th Competition

The University of New Mexico and Sandia National Labs have teamed up to enter the F1/10th autonomous racing competition. The project entails building a small car and developing an algorithm to move around a track without the use of a person. The faster the better. The team hopes 20160808_152137to race at the National Competition in Pittsburgh, PA this upcoming October.

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The team is composed of representatives from the UNM ECE MARHES lab and the Robotics Research and Development department at SNL. The team is jointly supported by both organizations.