SAE Walking Robot Challenge Strides toward Schenectady, New York

Schenectady, NY (April 23, 2004) - Union College is set to host the SAE 2004 Walking Robot Challenge. The event will be held April 29th through May 1st in Schenectady, New York, and is part of the SAE Collegiate Design Series. An educational program, the event allows students to transfer engineering and design theories to real-world application.

The SAE Walking Robot Challenge engages collegiate teams to design, build, and test a walking machine with a self-contained power source. During the competition, the machines will be operated in six events that will challenge the student designers to think creatively. Students participating in this competition have the opportunity to familiarize themselves with the advanced components and systems necessary for the construction and development of robots and other intelligent machines.

Twenty-two (22) collegiate teams from Nineteen (19) North American universities are currently registered for the competition. The roster includes Twelve (12) U.S, Four (4) Canadian, and Six (6) Mexican University teams.

For additional information regarding the SAE Walking Robot Challenge, please visit the event website, hosted by Union College at: http://engineering.union.edu/WalkingMachine/. For information regarding the SAE Collegiate Design Series and other educational programs, please visit http://www.sae.org/students. Media Inquiries may be directed to Mark Burd, SAE Public Relations at 1-800-441-2919 or mburd@sae.org.

Editors Note: Accredited journalists are encouraged to visit this event. The Walking Robot Challenge provides a variety of angles for education, technology, and human interest stories. Interview options are plentiful and the event provides great visual images for photo and video. SAE Staff will be on-site to provide journalist assistance.