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Manufacturing students build a robotic snow plow

What the team started with

What the team started with

A group of Robotics and Manufacturing students will be competing at this weekend’s St. Paul Winter Carnival in the Institute of Navigation’s Autonomous Snow Plow Competition. The competing schools include: University of Minnesota, University of Michigan, Dunwoody College of Technology, Ohio University, Wright State University and Miami University (of Ohio).

The competition will take place from 8 a.m. to noon, Saturday, Jan. 29, and from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Sunday, June 30, in downtown St. Paul in front of the public library. Dunwoody’s competition slot won’t be announced until 7:30 a.m. tomorrow morning. We will post video for those who can’t make it to the live competition.

In addition, the Dunwoody team and robotic plow will march in the Winter Carnival parade, which starts at 2 p.m.

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Machining parts for the plow

For the competition, schools must design a robotic snow plow that will remove snow from two fields. The first field is a straight line “I Field” which is meant to simulate a city sidewalk. The second field is a “U-Shape” which is far more challenging. The following students will be competing in this year’s challenge: Michael Carnis (ASRO), James Jorgenson (MDES), Keith McClelland (ASRO), Joshua Moses (ASRO), Randy Taklo (ASRO) and Nigel Ystenes (ASRO). Faculty member John McShannock, Tim Flugum and E.J. Daigle are advising the team.

For more information and to monitor the results check out: http://www.autosnowplow.com.

John Kriesel, Iraq War Veteran and newly elected MN State Representative, to speak at Dunwoody

Author of Still Standing to discuss his
book,
experiences Thursday Nov. 4

WHAT: A presentation by John Kriesel, a Veteran of the Iraq War (Staff Sergeant), and the author (as told to Jim Kosmo) of the book Still Standing, the story of his service, his courageous recovery from his injuries, and his determination to go forward in life. Admission is free and open to the public.

WHO: John Kriesel was deployed to Kosovo in 2004 as part of a NATO peacekeeping force. Less than two years later he was deployed to Iraq where he was stationed at Camp Fallujah. He lost two of his buddies and both of his legs Dec. 2, 2006, when a roadside bomb tore through his Humvee outside of Fallujah. Kriesel has been awarded the Combat Infantryman Badge, the Purple Heart Medal, and the Bronze Star Medal.

Based on unofficial results by the Office of the Minnesota Secretary of State, Kriesel is also the State Representative elect for Minnesota State District 57A.

For more information on Kriesel and his memoir, visit his website

WHEN: Noon, Thursday, Nov. 4, 2010

WHERE: The McNamara Center in the main building of Dunwoody College, 818 Dunwoody Blvd., Minneapolis

Founded in 1914, Dunwoody College is the only private, not-for-profit technical college in the Upper Midwest. It has provided a hands-on, applied, technical education to more than 300,000 men and women, who in turn have gone on to meaningful and rewarding careers. Located on the western edge of downtown Minneapolis, Dunwoody offers two- and four-year degrees as well as several diploma and certificate programs.

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Double gold at National SkillsUSA for Dunwoody College

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

Contact: William Morris
wmorris@dunwoody.edu, 612.381.3367

Dunwoody's National SkillsUSA team and faculty advisors

Dunwoody's National SkillsUSA team and faculty advisors

Dunwoody students brought back some hardware from last weekend’s National SkillsUSA competition held June 21-25 in Kansas City, MO. Mike Moreen (Electrical Construction and Maintenance) won the Gold Medal in the Related Technical Math category. And Dunwoody’s Quiz Bowl followed up on its dominating Minnesota competition by edging out Tennessee Technology Center at Newbern in a tight contest to also take the Gold. Dunwoody’s team featured Ben Anderson (Automotive Service Technology), Matt Barlau (Architectural Drafting and Estimating), Kyle Bodie (Architectural Drafting and Estimating), Phillip DeLeeuw (Automated Systems and Robotics), Jonathan Hill (Architectural Drafting and Estimating) and Jim Stenstrom (Electrical Construction and Maintenance).

Moreen and the Quiz Bowl team made it to the national competition by taking first in their respective categories at the Minnesota SkillsUSA competition. Also competing in Kansas City was Jonathan Hill (Architectural Drafting and Estimating) in the Architectural Drafting category.

Dunwoody Robotics Competition Team

The Rugburn robotics competition team

In conjunction with the SkillsUSA competition, the National Robotics Competition took place. Dunwoody’s entry Rugburn — guided by James Jorgenson, Casey Combs and Michael Rhode — took second place. Rugburn qualified for the national competition by taking second place in the Minnesota Robotics League competition.

SkillsUSA is a partnership of
students, teachers and industry working together to ensure America has a skilled work force.

SkillsUSA is a partnership of students, teachers and industry working together to ensure America has a skilled work force.

Dunwoody robot places 2nd in Midwest Robotics League Competition

Dunwoody College’s robot, Rugburn, placedDSC03729 second out of eleven local robotics teams that competed Saturday, May 15 at the Mall of America in the Midwest Robotics League (MRL) Regional Competition. Rugburn advances to the nationals which will be held in conjunction with the SkillsUSA Nationals in Kansas City, Missouri on June 21 through 23.

For photos of the event, view the Flickr photoset. Also view the KARE11 video  featuring two Dunwoody students.

The Midwest Robotics League (MRL), sponsored by Dunwoody College, is one of six educational robotics leagues in the country. The league is for students at the middle school, high school and college levels. The National Tooling and Machining Association oversees the National Robotics League (NRL). Monthly competitions are held each year from November through April with a regional competition in May.

Graphics and Printing Wins Again!

The Dunwoody College Phoenix Challenge team took first place at this year’s competition. The team was charged with redesigning, printing and converting a custom line of hotel hygiene products. The team put sustainability at the forefront of their work making the brand and packaging environmentally friendly, economically sounds and graphically appealing.challenge

Dunwoody College also won two Silver Excellence awards, one for the printing of the Oh lay! Premium Orange Juice label and one for design for the Minnesota Vodka label. Each college had a booth at the convention where they could advertise their college and their programs. The schools were also judged on their booth design and its effectiveness. Dunwoody also took second place in the booth competition.

Shawn Oetjen and Kent Esby were also recognized at the Excellence in Flexography Education Achievement Awards for their outstanding contributions and dedication to the printing industry.