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Switzerland 2011

Jun 3, 11

Last Day in Switzerland

We had a very eventful last Friday in Switzerland, we had the morning off to do some shopping...

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Jun 2, 11

Who cut the cheese?

Today we went to the cheese factory/museum in Appenzeller (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Appenzeller_(cheese)) and we saw cheese being made in the traditional way like they did on the farms up in the Appenzeller alps back in the day...

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Jun 1, 11

Competition Day!

The scene was set for an epic showdown for the rover competition on this rainy Wednesday in Winterthur...
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May 31, 11

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Today was our last day before the competition. Which meant a late night for most who are fine tuning their robots to compete at its finest.

Shown below are groups staying three hours past the end of class (and our Swiss professor and TA) hard at work


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May 30, 11

Robot Crunchtime!

After our lazy Sunday in Winterthur we got back to the Technikum to continue working on our rovers...

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May 29, 11

A Relaxing Sunday Afternoon

After traveling for the past three days throughout Switzerland, our whole group became quite exhausted...

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May 29, 11

The Matterhorn and a journey through the Swiss Alps!

Early this morning we took the cog railway train up to Gornergrat, one of the most spectacular places to view many of the higher peaks of the Swiss Alps...

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May 27, 11

CERN & Zermatt

Today was quite a adventurous day to be sure. We awoke early in the morning to depart from Geneva for a short bus ride to the CERN particle collider (http://public.web.cern.ch/public/). It was a very interesting discussion lead by a retired professor that has worked there for 30 years.


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May 26, 11

Bern and Genève (Now with pictures!)

Today we traveled to the capital of Switzerland in the morning to have a guided tour and then Genève after a full day of working on our robots on Wednesday...

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May 25, 11

Stephanie's Career Decisions

The Global Mechatronics Seminar has been a fruitful time of introspection for Steph.

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May 25, 11

Will's Mission Impossible

A tireless master of superlatives, Will graciously enlivens the working atmosphere of the robot room with his wit and humor, much of which goes unappreciated by his rather humorless engineering colleagues.

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May 25, 11

Emily's Discovery

Outstanding robot programmer Emily finds the seminar challenge helps her improve her skills and knowledge.

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May 25, 11

Words of Wisdom from Dejan

Dejan offers a daily dose of wisdom in small bites, mixed in with his mechatronics instruction.

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May 24, 11

Dr. Erdman Arrives to Town

Today was our first day with the switch of professors that are here on the trip. Dr. Kelso left to go back to America (just in time to see his daughters graduation from high school) and Dr. Erdman arrived not a moment too soon.

Dr. Erdman spent his time today getting to know all of us better and asked us questions about our robots. Things like how they worked, what we are worried about the most come competition time, and what we still needed to work on.


Here, Dr. Erdman talks with the Winterthur Warriors (Andy, Steph, Steven, Allie respectively)

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May 23, 11

Robot Business Time!

Our Monday was pretty busy getting down to business on our robots again, we say goodbye to Prof. Kelso today, as he is going home for his daughter's graduation, and say grüezi to Prof. Erdman and his family!

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This is a photo of the log man on one of the nicer streets to eat on in Winterthur, there are quite a few cafes and outdoor seating in the area.

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May 22, 11

1st Zurich Trip

Today, one of our good swiss buddies Chris took us on a journey around Zurich.

Chris leading the pack through the stone walkway path

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May 21, 11

The perfect way to spend a Saturday in München

After a relaxing night in the Hotel Carlton we had a few hours in the morning to explore the city in small groups.

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This is the Glockenspiel, a popular tourist attraction in München.

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May 21, 11

Journey to Munich

After a hard couple of days working on our robot project, we finally had a chance to relax and enjoy some time in Munich, Germany. There were many sites to see and not that much time, but we were able to take in some amazing sites on our first evening there.


This was a view of Munich, Germany from the top of a tower.

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May 19, 11

Robot Arbeit!

Thursday was another full day of working on the robots in the lab. Working out the details is often more difficult than it seems...

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May 18, 11

Hop la hop in the robot room!

Today we had frühstück (breakfast) in the cafeteria of the STF then it was off to the lab to work on our prototypes all day

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May 17, 11

RUAG Space, With Photos!

So after a long first day we went to the RUAG Space Center to learn about how they use mechatronics in their day to day work. We were able to get some photos of the center (but not everything as there were restricted areas.)

And at the end of the tour we went straight to work on our robots!


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May 17, 11

First Company Visit in Zürich and Ganymede-Rover-Prototype development

Our second day in Winterthur was much more pleasant than the first in terms of energy levels, and most people seem to be getting over the jetlag...

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May 17, 11

RUAG Space

We are getting ready to travel to Zürich to visit RUAG Space this morning before we have class. They are the number one independent space product supplier in the world. Pictures soon to follow!

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May 16, 11

We made it! Jet-lagged in Winterthur

We finally made it to Zurich International Airport this morning at about 8 o'clock local time after a long and very tiring flight overseas from Atlanta...

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Apr 15, 11

Mechatronics in Switzerland

MECHANICAL ENGINEERING 3080
MAY 15 - JUNE 4, 2011

Seminar Description
For 2011, this long-standing seminar will be co-instructed by Art Erdman and Frank Kelso, both professors of mechanical engineering.This is an excellent program for juniors and seniors interested in product design and development.

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