Team Duct Tape members will be presenting at the April IEEE-Robotics and Automation Society meeting this week, sharing pictures and lessons learned from our FIRST World Championship experience. It was an honor and a privilege to be part of this remarkable event, and we’re looking forward to sharing our insights and goals for our next season with IEEE members.
TDT members will be visiting the new IEEE chapter of the Robotics and Automation Society tonight, meeting members and introducing ourselves to RAS, where we’ll be the guest speakers in April, upon our return from the FTC World Championship. TDT hopes to become more involved with IEEE-RAS in the future, and looks forward to hearing this month’s guest speaker, Jeff Kramer,who will be providing an entry level mini course in the technologies and component parts that make up a robot. Sounds like a perfect topic!
An Invitation from the IEEE Florida West Coast Section:
So just how do you feel about robots? Was the last time that you thought about them back when that Transformers movie came out? Well, it turns out that right here in the Tampa area we’ve got a lot of robot activities going on.
In the elementary and high schools they’ve got the FIRST robotics programs, USF undergrads are currently building a solar powered robot for a competition that will be held next year, and I suspect that a lot of those local defense contractors are building the next generation of transformers.
If you have even a passing interest in robots (and what engineer doesn’t?), then I’ve got an opportunity for you.
Local IEEE member George Schott is in the process of starting up an new official IEEE Chapter — the Robotics and Automation Society (RAS if you’re really cool). Right now you have an opportunity to find out more and get in on the ground floor.
In these uncertain economic times, do you think that developing some expertise in another area of engineering might do your career good? George is the one who will be doing all of the work, he just needs to know that you’re interested.
If you like robots, if you still remember who R2D2 and C3PO are, if you cried for the robot at the end of any of the Terminator movies then you are exactly the person that we’re looking for.
Forward this email to firstname.lastname@example.org or pick up the phone and give George a call at (727) 692-6440. He’s collecting names and once he’s got a list he’ll keep you updated on what the next steps are.
Look, if robots are really going to take over the world, it sure seems like it would a good idea to be a member of the Tampa IEEE RAS group — you might get special treatment!
Email or call George!
– Jim Anderson
Chairman, IEEE Florida West Coast Section