YSU Robotics Team Wins 2 Matches at National Competition

YOUNGSTOWN, Ohio – A Youngstown State University battle bot team, Penguin Combat Robotics, won two matches at the national RoboGames competition in San Jose, Calif. 

RoboGames, or “the Olympics of Robots,” is an open event founded by David Calkins, president of the Robotics Society of America, and is the largest open robot competition, according to the Guiness Book of World Records.

The competition is a showcase of ability and skill, with a combination of autonomous and remote-operated robots.

The Penguin Combat Robotics team competed with its 250-pound robot, Hailstorm, winning two matches at a national level for the first time since its founding. YSU mechanical and electrical engineering students make up the team.

Participating students included Alexander Richards, Graham Klemstine, Nathan Espenschied, John Paul Yuhanick, Wesley Staniford, Ronald Shirilla, Kevin Yacucci, Samuel Bevilacqua and Reese O’Leary.

Pictured at top: In this image captured from video, the YSU team’s robot, Hailstorm, right, competes against Echo 3.0. (YouTube | Dodge4x4)

Published by The Business Journal, Youngstown, Ohio.