Senior Arielle Dede reflects on the 2017 International RoboSub competition and shares what she’s most looking forward to in 2018.
Written by Arielle Dede ’18
As cliché as it sounds, I enjoyed everything about the RoboSub competition.
From day one I was excited – and not just because I was in San Diego, Calif! Everyone at the competition was incredibly welcoming. At orientation, the leaders of RobSub told us it wasn’t just a competition, it was a “COLLABO-RITION” – a combination of competition and collaboration.
I loved being able to walk up to any school to ask about their robot and immediately be met with a smile, a handshake, and a great overview of that team’s RoboSub. And this camaraderie came in handy whenever our group needed a part or a tool: Without hesitation, some other team would gladly share. It felt like everyone had the mindset that when one team qualifies, we all qualify and that together we all get ahead.
I learned a lot being on the Beaver RoboSub team. As a first time competitor and a new engineering student, RoboSub taught me how to make an AUV and also showed me the real-world applications of engineering. Our team had to write a position paper, give an in-depth description of the sub’s features, present our sub’s features to a panel of professionals in different engineering fields, and create a video that showcased the team and the sub. Because of all this, I can now imagine myself working as an engineer in the future.
In addition, RoboSub allowed me to network with the companies that sponsored our team – including BlueRobotics, MathWorks, and WHOI – and set-up summer internships.
This upcoming year, I look forward to adding to our robot, making iterations, and fixing odds and ends. Three of our 2017 team members have graduated so it will be a challenge to grow the team as well as our robot. But I am looking forward to making our RoboSub work better for the 2018 competition!