Rutgers Robotics Wins VEXU Excellence Award; Advances to World Championship

The Rutgers IEEE robotics team won the Excellence Award at the February 18 Catskills VEXU Robotics Tournament at SUNY Sullivan —the highest honor awarded at the competition. Team RUSK (RU Scarlet Knights) will now advance to the VEX Robotics World Championship event in April.

Led by faculty adviser and assistant professor of electrical and computer engineering Maryam Mehri-Dehnavi, the team includes School of Engineering undergraduate students Ajay Srivastava (ECE/CS, 2017), Kevin Quizhpi (ECE, 2018), Rupesh Chinta (ECE/CS, 2019), Vallab Nayak (ECE, 2020), Atul Srivastava (ECE, 2020), and Hari Vijayakumar (MAE, 2020).

The 10th VEX Robotics World Championship, which brings together the top 1,400 student robotics teams from around the world, will be held April 19-25, 2017 in Louisville, Kentucky.

Vex Robotics Competitions, presented by the Robotics Education and Competition Foundation, are game-based engineering challenges in which student-led teams design and build robots to compete against each other. Tournaments are held around the year at the regional, state, and national levels.