Get Hands On Experience – The Lunabotics Club works every year all year on designing, testing, and building a new robot. The hands-on aspect of the club is not only a resume builder, but it’s just plain old fun.
Networking – Due to the club’s success in past competition years, large companies, and potential future employers, donate funds and materials to the ISU Lunabotics Club. Companies like Vermeer, John Deer, Boeing, Caterpillar, and Rockwell Collins have all sponsored the club in years past.
Meet New People – Between work days on Saturdays, meetings on Thursdays, and the week-long trip to Florida everyone get’s to know each other. It’s amazing how building a robot can bring people together!
Go to Florida…and maybe Hawaii – How many other clubs get to travel to vacation destinations? Not many. Every summer, club members travel to Florida to Kennedy Space Center to compete in the NASA Robotic Mining Competition, and spend some time on the beach too.
Boost Your Resume – Saying you helped design, test, and build an award winning robot meant to go to Mars can only be helpful when searching for employment. The club also participates in outreach events, works
with sponsors, and writes papers for the competition; all of which help develop a well rounded person and a well rounded resume.
By Jessica Bales
According to the ISU enrollment statistics, fall semester 2014, only 15.2 percent of all engineering students are women. That percent has remained steady for the past fourteen years. It is no secret that women are a minority in the engineering field. Despite women’s lack of presence in the field, they have been contributing to the field since its beginning. Here is short list of 5 influential women in engineering:
Emily Warren Roebling was a civil engineer in the 19th century. Her husband was the original chief engineer of the Brooklyn Bridge; however after becoming paralyzed Emily became responsible for his duties. She became the first female field engineer and lead the team to complete the Brooklyn Bridge.
Beulah Louise Henry, also an engineer in the 19th century, is known as “the lady Edison. She is credited with inventing the bobbin-free sewing machine, a doll with flexible arms, a doll with a radio inside, a typewriter that made copies without carbon paper, a vacuum ice cream freezer, and many other inventions. She worked as an inventor and consultant for many companies which manufactured her inventions.
Hedy Lamarr, more commonly known as a 1930s and 1940s movie star, was also an inventor during that time. She is credited with inventing a frequency-hopping spread spectrum system of the U.S. Military during World War II. This invention served as the basis for modern technology which is used in Bluetooth, Wi-Fi connections, and wireless telephones.
Stephanie Louse Kwolek’s career at the DuPont Company spanned forty years and affected millions of people. She is most well-known for inventing poly-paraphenylene terephthalamide, or Kevlar, in 1965. For this invention she was the first woman to receive DuPont’s Lavoisier Medal.
Linda Y. Cureton is the current CEO and founder of Muse Technologies Inc. She is also the former CIO of NASA. During her time at NASA, she served as the principal adviser to NASA, providing insight and leadership to some of the most brilliant scientists and engineers. She has received numerous awards for her achievements and continues to be a leader in engineering, today.