Rose-Hulman Institute of Technology in Terre Haute, IN has created a new robotics program specially geared to appeal to students already inspired by FIRST robotics and similar high school robotics competition experience.
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TERRE HAUTE — Elements of computer programming, technology, mathematics, science and engineering are coming together in a new robotics initiative at Rose-Hulman Institute of Technology that could lead to students earning the college’s first robotics certificate.
The new Multidisciplinary Educational Robotics Initiative has been eagerly anticipated by students, faculty members and companies that are clamoring for graduates with robotics skills and programming knowledge.
Matthew Boutell, assistant professor of computer science and software engineering, compares robotics to the popularity of the personal computer industry in the 1970s.
“It [robotics] is ready to explode. It is where technology is headed in the future, and a familiarity with robotics will give Rose-Hulman students and graduates an advantage in their careers,” he says.
…Rose-Hulman’s MERI program hopes to help the college attract students who have robotics experience through the FIRST Robotics, Botball, First Lego League and other national competitions. These students are ready to learn more about programming, electronics, controls, artificial intelligence, robot vision and kinematics, according to Carlotta Berry, assistant professor of electrical and computer engineering.