SeaCow Robotics

The LegenDairy Cow

The LegenDairy Cow was the 2023 Competition robot, and the culmination of the previous two years of learning. It utilized ArduSub software for optimal control, 6 T200 thrusters, and a custom 3D printed claw. This is the robot that took us to the World Championship for the first time ever where we placed top ten. I am most proud of the claw design on this robot since I had been working on developing a cheap, effective, and versatile manipulator since the beginning, and I think this accomplishes that. There is still a lot of room for improvement, so I look forward to guiding the team in the future as a mentor based on the successes and failures of this robot and the one before it.

TAUrus

TAUrus was a huge leap up from the robot before it in terms of overall design, manipulation, and control. This was the first year we had onboard computing which presented one of the biggest challenges I had faced in underwater robotics at the time. This robot qualified for the World Championships, but due to a lack of funds, the team could not attend. This year was a huge learning experience for me as an engineer and leader and taught me lessons that I would take into the following year in robotics and my other leadership opportunities.

Bessie

Bessie was my second underwater robot ever and my first robot for participation in the MATE ROV Competition. It was the opposite of hydrodynamic, impossible to drive, and barely accomplished anything, but it still holds a special place in my heart. I learned so much from designing, manufacturing, assembling, coding, and testing this robot, most of it from failure. Even though it wasn't amazing by any means, it was an invaluable and life-changing experience for me as a person.