Cleaning Up Space and Mapping the Seas with Robots
Monday, Mar. 3, 2008
Students studying with Mechanical Engineering Associate Professor Christopher Kitts send their work to the far extremes of the planet: the depths of the seas and out into orbit. Professor Kitts runs a research station at Santa Clara that designs and builds robots. With the help of undergraduate and graduate students, the lab has helped clean up space by de-orbiting outdated satellites, mapped the terrain at the bottom of Lake Tahoe, and built self-monitoring engines for sportscars.
Professor Kitts stresses that what distinguishes Santa Clara University from other schools is that here the work is never simply theoretical: “Almost everything we do is geared toward a real robotics system with a real application in the real world,” he says.