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STRIDER (Semi-autonomous Tracking Robot with Instrumentation for Data-acquisition and Environmental Research): Pitfalls and Successes of a Vertically Integrated Experiential Learning Project Spanning Multiple Years

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2020 ASEE Virtual Annual Conference Content Access

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Virtual On line

Publication Date

June 22, 2020

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June 22, 2020

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June 26, 2021

Conference Session

Mechatronics and Robotics I

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Multidisciplinary Engineering

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9

DOI

10.18260/1-2--35214

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https://strategy.asee.org/35214

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Brandon Miles Gardner University of Maryland, Eastern Shore

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Junior general engineering student involved with undergraduate research

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Abhijit Nagchaudhuri University of Maryland, Eastern Shore

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Dr. Abhijit Nagchaudhuri is currently a Professor in the Department of Engineering and Aviation Sciences at University of Maryland Eastern Shore. He is a member American Society for Mechanical Engineers (ASME), American Society for Engineering Education (ASEE) and, American Society for Agricultural and Biological Engineers(ASABE) and is actively involved in teaching and research in the fields of (i) robotics and mechatronics, (ii)remote sensing and precision agriculture, and,(iii) biofuels and renewable energy. He has published more than 70 refereed articles in journals and conference proceedings. Dr. Nagchaudhuri received his baccalaureate degree from Jadavpur University in Kolkata, India with honors in Mechanical Engineering. Thereafter, he worked in a multinational industry for a little over three years before joining Tulane University as a graduate student in the fall of 1987. He received master’s degree from Tulane University in 1989 and doctoral degree from Duke University 1992.

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Jesu Raj Pandya University of Maryland, Eastern Shore

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Currently a doctoral student in Food & Agriculture Sciences, University of Maryland Eastern Shore (UMES), MSc - Applied Computer Sciences at UMES, BSc - Electrical and Electronical Engineering ( JNTU). Interest in robotics and automation in food production and food safety.

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Rakesh Joshi University of Maryland, Eastern Shore

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I am a lecturer at the University of Maryland Eastern Shore. My interests include Machine learning and Artificial intelligence. I also work as a consultant for a software development company in the financial Industry.

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Fredrick Landon Bickle University of Maryland, Eastern Shore

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Fredrick Landon Bickle currently resides in Annapolis, Maryland. In 2019, he graduated Anne Arundel Community College with an Associate's degree in Engineering transfer. He is now attending University of Maryland Eastern Shore with a major in Engineering with Aerospace specialty.

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Mark E. Williams University of Maryland, Eastern Shore

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After earning my PhD in Physics at the University of Cincinnati, I became more interested in using a computer for research and became a computational physicist. I have been at UMES for 20 years teaching Mathematics, programming languages and some physics. I collaborated with researchers at Univ of Alabama in spintronics and am currently doing interdisciplinary researh with undergraduates and the USDA at UMES.

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Abstract

The Semi-autonomous Tracking Robot with Instrumentation for Data-acquisition and Environmental Research (STRIDER) is conceptualized as a wireless controlled aquatic robot with the capability of taking water samples as well as in-situ water quality data. STRIDER can be operated into either salt or freshwater to provide water quality data at the surface as well as at specified depths over a representative area over a chosen water body. The STRIDER team consists of a small group of engineering majors as well as students from other fields collaborating to meet the requirements set by scientists at the Environmental Monitoring and Food Safety Laboratory (EMFSL) of United States Department of Agriculture (USDA); under the advice of a few faculty members at the University of Maryland Eastern Shore (UMES). STRIDER currently has the capability of providing critical geo-located measurements; pH, Oxidation Reduction Potential (ORP), and Dissolved Oxygen (DO) values at the surface and other specified depths. This data can be interpolated over the surface, as well as across the depth to provide a three-dimensional representation of the variation of water quality parameters of a chosen water body. This project has allowed for the development of multidisciplinary research and experiential learning framework to engage students at UMES within and outside the classroom. Many different components of engineering design, environmental sciences, and other related fields are integral to this project. An overview of the design challenges and accomplishments of the team are provided in this work.

Gardner, B. M., & Nagchaudhuri, A., & Pandya, J. R., & Joshi, R., & Bickle, F. L., & Williams, M. E. (2020, June), STRIDER (Semi-autonomous Tracking Robot with Instrumentation for Data-acquisition and Environmental Research): Pitfalls and Successes of a Vertically Integrated Experiential Learning Project Spanning Multiple Years Paper presented at 2020 ASEE Virtual Annual Conference Content Access, Virtual On line . 10.18260/1-2--35214

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