Dr. Kenneth G. Ricks

Tide Continues To Roll: UA Robotics Team Has Successful Year

There’s a team of students at The University of Alabama who have won multiple national titles in recent years and perform at a high level. This team doesn’t play football, though. It creates and competes with robots. Alabama Astrobotics won its third national title at a NASA robotics contest in 2016… Read more

In The News: UA robotics team wins 3rd consecutive competition

For the third year in a row, the University of Alabama Astrobotics team won the NASA Robotic Mining Competition at the Kennedy Space Center in Florida. The team beat out 45 other collegiate teams from across the nation. They received the Joe Kosmo Award for scoring the most points in… Read more

Sources: Fox 6 (Birmingham), Alabama News Center

In The News: UA team preparing for NASA robotics competition

At about 1 a.m. Monday, Rebecca Dietz noticed something wrong with “MARTE.” Dietz, a senior studying mechanical engineering at the University of Alabama, and several other members of the Alabama Astrobotics team were testing “MARTE,” a robotic excavator they had built, in the back of Hardaway Hall when the digging… Read more

Sources: Tuscaloosa News , Fox 6 (Birmingham)

In The News: UA team advances in robot challenge

The Alabama Astrobotics team at the University of Alabama has advanced to the second phase of NASA’s Sample Return Robot Challenge, a citizen inventor prize program meant to help advance technologies that will help enable exploration of Mars and beyond. Read more

Sources: The Tuscaloosa News, WBMA ABC 33/40

In The News: ALABAMA ROBOTICS TEAM WINS TWO NASA CHAMPIONSHIPS IN A ROW

The University of Alabama’s robotics team added another championship to the college’s pile over the weekend. Alabama Astrobotics, made up of engineering, computer science and other students from UA and Shelton State, bested nearly 50 teams from other institutions in the NASA Robotic Mining Competition. Their challenge? Build a robot… Read more

Sources: WVUA 23, NASA, Yellowhammer News, WBRC Fox 6, WBMA ABC 33/40, Mining Engineering