Iowa State University had another successful year at the ATMAE conference. This year Industrial Technology and Ag Systems Technology students gathered their efforts to design and build a robot capable of autonomously locating and picking steel pipes out of sand. In late October six ISU students traveled to the ATMAE conference in Panama City, Florida to participate in three student competitions available at the conference. The team placed 5th overall out of nine teams in the robotics competition. Two ISU students, Mitch Geisking and Kyle Haubrich, reached the Semi-Finals of a Jeopardy-style tournament, The Haig Vahradian Technology Challenge, in which all the questions are related to Industrial Technology knowledge. ISU also did well in a welding competition hosted by Lincoln Electric which used a revolutionary virtual welder developed for teaching. Kyle Haubrich of ISU placed 1st in this competition, winning a Lincoln Electric MIG welder as the prize.
Iowa State University's robot entry at the 2009 ATMAE Conference.