Dr. Kenneth G. Ricks

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

In The News: University of Alabama Astrobotics Team working to defend title at NASA competition

The University of Alabama’s Astrobotics Team is heading to the Kennedy Space Center. The team hopes to defend its national title in NASA’s Robotic Mining Competition. If this year’s team comes out on top, it will be the first time ever for a team to take the title two consecutive years. “Definitely… Read more

Sources: WBMA ABC 33/40, Alabama Public Radio

A Crimson Dynasty: Astrobotics team continues success with 2015 championship

In the six years since NASA began hosting its Robotics Mining Competition, The University of Alabama Astrobotics team has emerged as the competition’s most successful team. This past May, the team won the top prize at the contest held at the Kennedy Space Center in Florida. The team also won… Read more

In The News: University of Alabama students win NASA space mining competition

Though the University of Alabama has its fair share of athletic national championships, a group of engineering and computer science students are racking up academic trophies in a national robotics competition. Alabama Astrobiotics won UA a second national championship in NASA’s Robotic Mining Championship last week, having constructed their own autonomous robot… Read more

Sources: AL.com, Science Times, WAFF 48, WBHM ABC 33/40, BAYN-TV, The Crimson White