Electrical engineering design project to aid track team

Katherine Blackburn, with the help of other electrical engineering seniors, works Wednesday on a RC vehicle for the track team. (MORGAN SEARLES / The Daily Reveille)

It’s not often that engineers find themselves in athletic facilities, but the product of an electrical engineering senior design project will soon be a fixture in LSU’s Bernie Moore Track Stadium.

Electrical engineering seniors Katherine Blackburn, Richard Bywater, Taylor Creech, Steven Le and Mary Robertson designed and constructed a remote control vehicle to carry javelins, discuses and hammers around the throwing area.
Blackburn said track and field head coach Dennis Shaver and assistant coach Derek Yush approached the Department of Electrical Engineering with the project idea in the fall.

Coaches and athletes saw similar cars at work during the 2008 Beijing Olympics and wanted to duplicate the technology at their home facilities.

The coaches met with the group to discuss the unique design challenges such a project would pose, she said.

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