Collegiate Teams from Mexico and Canada Achieve High-Honors at the SAE 2004 Walking Robot Challenge

Schenectady, NY (May 6, 2004) - An international field of twenty-two collegiate engineering teams met last weekend to compete in the SAE 2004 Walking Robot Challenge. The two-day event, part of the SAE Collegiate Design Series, concluded on May 1st and was hosted by Union College in Schenectady, New York, USA.

The SAE Walking Robot Challenge engages collegiate teams to design, build, and test a walking machine with a self-contained power source. The event is the culmination of a hand-on educational project that is designed to familiarize students with the advanced components and systems necessary for the construction and development of robots and other intelligent machines.

Teams were awarded points for the design of their robot and its functional performance in six events. The Universidad Autonoma De Aguascalientes, a host for previous competitions, was a standout in winning first-place overall and two special awards for the applied engineering concepts of their robot. Winners are as follows:

Overall winners
1st place - Universidad Autonoma De Aguascalientes (Mexico)
2nd place - Universidad Bonaterra (Mexico)
3rd place - Ecole De Technologie Superieure (Canada)

Special awards
Best New Design - Universidad Autonoma De Aguascalientes (Mexico)
Best Analytical Approach - Universite De Sherbrooke (Canada)
Excellence in Autonomy - Universidad Panamericana (Mexico)
Most Innovative Design - Universite De Sherbrooke (Canada)
Value Engineering - Universidad Autonoma De Aguascalientes (Mexico)

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.