Texas A&M University
WOMEN IN ROBOTICS, ENGINEERING & DEVELOPMENT
WIRED Underwater Robotics is a student-led project team at Texas A&M University, and a part of the Women In Robotics, Engineering, and Development (WIRED). Established in 2015, our purpose is to build an autonomous underwater vehicle (AUV) for the annual RoboSub Competition and compete in other competitions, such as NURC. Each year, past experiences and new ideas are called upon and combined together to construct a better robot than the year before.
Members range from first years to seniors and come from a variety of different engineering backgrounds. No previous experience is necessary to join. Membership is open to all undergraduate engineering students.
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The Underwater Robotics team aims to create an environment in which students can apply their knowledge from the classroom to real-world scenarios. Along with learning real-life engineering skills, students learn to communicate with and work on multidisciplinary teams. Creating an AUV/ROV provides a wealth of challenges students must overcome, forcing them to learn creative problem-solving methods they'll be able to apply in their future as engineers and pushing them to grow as leaders.
The team also provides mentorship opportunities and aims to retain students within A&M's College of Engineering. 40% of team members start without any experience in building AUVs or other similar projects. Our goal is to provide students with a safe place to gain experience and expand their engineering skillsets.
We focus on building an efficient watertight vehicle. based on principles of hydrodynamics.
We focus on electrical system design involving power distribution and sensor integration.
We focus on deploying thruster control and predictive computer vision algorithms on the vehicle's mini PC.