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Posted on | May 27, 2011 | Comments Off on Student Kudos

Micro UH

The UH microrobot (circular object in top center) assembled these tiny glass beads into a mini UH.

Mānoa’s microrobotics team finishes second in international competition and UH Hilo student earns coveted academic award.

Mānoa’s inaugural microrobotics

Mānoa’s inaugural microrobotics team finished second at the 2011 Microrobotics Challenge. This competition, organized by the National Institute of Standards and Technology, is an annual event designed to promote innovation to overcome the challenges facing microrobots. This year’s event was held in Shanghai, China, and attracted teams from the United States, France, Italy and Canada.

The microrobotics team consists of electrical engineering graduate students Wenqi Hu and Kelly Ishii, who traveled to China for the competition. They are advised by Assistant Professor Aaron Ohta. Additional team members include Michelle Zhang and Assistant Professor David Garmire.

The microrobots in this competition are very tiny and must be less than 0.6 mm in their largest dimension. The robots competed in miniature arenas under a microscope. The competition consisted of two events—a mobility challenge, where the robots were timed as they moved around a figure-8 track, and a micro-assembly challenge, where the robots assembled tiny triangles in a designated area. The UH Mānoa team finished second in the mobility challenge and was the only team besides the winning team that was able to assemble more than a single triangle in the micro-assembly challenge.

Read the news release.

UH Hilo student earns coveted academic award

Hilo student Danielle Claar is among 275 undergraduate sophomores and juniors awarded scholarships for the 2011–2012 academic year by the Barry M. Goldwater Scholarship and Excellence Foundation. The one- and two-year awards cover tuition, fees, books, room and board up to $7,500 per year.

Claar, a junior who becomes a senior this fall majoring in marine science and biology with a minor in chemistry, was selected based on academic merit from a nationwide field of 1,095 students nominated by the professors of their respective institutions. Virtually all the recipients intend to obtain a PhD as their degree objective.

The program fosters and encourages outstanding students to pursue careers in mathematics, natural sciences and engineering and is the premier undergraduate award of its type.

Read the news release.