Robot Rescue

Scholarship Entrant: Max from Phoenix, AZ
Essay Question: If you could earn a living doing what you love most, what would it be, and how would it change the world? Describe the specific goals you would set to make that dream a reality.
Vote for Max: 13

During Hurricane Katrina in 2005, around 400 fatalities were caused by drowning, according to the Louisiana Office of Public Health. This alarming statistic sparked my interest in applying robotic systems to support victims stranded in water. An autonomous or remote aircraft can be designed to navigate through turbulent or clear weather, locate stranded survivors, operate as a life boat, and function as a radio beacon until the victims can be extracted. To approach this objective, I am currently pursuing a bachelor’s degree in electrical engineering while acting as the electrical team lead for the NASA/ASU Space Grant Robotics (NASGR) team. In this leadership role, I am responsible for the electronic design, system integration, and deployment of an underwater remotely operated vehicle, where I have learned valuable skills dealing with engineering team practices along with aquatic robotic design. Furthermore, I am a founding employee at UON Technologies LLC, a group devoted to designing underwater optical networks used for worldwide security and defense systems as well as international environmental studies and protection. My pursuit in higher education, experience with NASGR, and work with UON Technologies LLC is providing me the technical experience and connections necessary to work toward a public robotic safety system, which will be used in day-to-day operations and especially during natural disasters.

Vote for Max: 13

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