Congratulations to team Avalon for their great results in the MATE ROV Competition
Team Avalon, made up of students from across the Faculty of Engineering at the University of Sheffield and led by ACSE’s Khaled Saad, were accepted for and performed well at the MATE ROV competition held in Seattle, Washington, USA.
The MATE ROV competition is an annual international competition organised by Marine Advanced Technology Education (MATE) Centre in various locations across North America (mainly in the USA). This initiative was created to engage students in STEM subject related careers, encouraging them to develop new skills and provide resources to increase their employability in the science and technology sectors.
Avalon were the first and only team competing from England. The competition took place on 21st to 23rd June at the Weyerhaeuser King County Aquatic Centre. The theme for this year’s competition was focused on aircraft wreckage retrieval, earthquakes and energy in the Pacific Northwest.
The competition challenges teams to build a remotely operated vehicle (ROV) in order to carry out specific tasks under water. The teams also needed to complete several non-technical tasks such as writing full documentation about their work and engage in outreach activities within the community. The competition is divided into multiple sections with the teams gaining a score per section, these combined provided the overall ranking for the team.
We have experienced, first hand, the life cycle of an engineering project, including financing. Developed our communication skills as well as sharing our experience through outreach activities.
Khaled Saad, ACSE MEng Mechatronics and Robotic Engineering student
The last 6 months of hard work has paid off for Team Avalon who gained some amazing results! They came 3rd in the Marketing display, 7th for Technical Documentation, 4th for Outreach and 5th for Safety. Giving them an overall position of 14th.
Members of the team have said that the main gain from their involvement in the competition was not only what they learnt from competing but also the life skills and experience they gained. They were able to network as part of the event and made connections with industry – receiving sponsorship from leading electronics supplier Farnell.