Achieving great success in these three challenges, UDM captured the Lescoe Cup along with its best showing at the IGVC since 1996.


Name: University of Detroit Mercy

Age: 130 years

Birthday: 1877, Detroit MI

Founding Order: Society of Jesus (Jesuits)

Colleges: Engineering & Science, Health Professions, Liberal Arts & Education, Architecture, Business, Law, Dental

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What this is all about...

Every year, at UDM, electrical and mechanical engineering upperclassmen are provided with the opportunity to participate in a capstone design course that spans two semesters.  The objective of the course is to provide those students with an engineering design experience that is comparable to the projects they would encounter within the engineering industry.   Involvement in the course does more than just expand the students’ technical knowledge.  It is expected that participation in the design experience will also enhance the students’ communication skills (written, oral, and visual), interpersonal skills, and ability to plan, organize, and manage a comprehensive design effort.  Students successfully completing this design sequence should thus be better prepared to be active, contributing members of the ever-growing engineering profession and community upon graduation.

For 2008, a team of senior and graduate electrical engineering students met the objective of the capstone design course by working tirelessly in UDM’s Advanced Mobility Lab to collaboratively construct a vehicle named µCeratops that competed in the 2008 Intelligent Ground Vehicle Competition (IGVC—  At this international competition, µCeratops captured 1st place out of 41 schools by achieving excellent performance results in the competition’s three main challenges.

Autonomous Challenge:

In the Autonomous Challenge, vehicles must maneuver their way through a complex obstacle course in the shortest time possible.  This year, UDM and µCeratops won 4th place in the challenge!


About UDM and the IGVC

Design Challenge:

In the Design Competition, teams must relay the conceptual design of their vehicles and components, along with the design strategies and processes that were followed to develop those vehicles, through a written report and an oral presentation.  With µCeratops’ innovative electrical and software systems, UDM placed 3rd out of 41 schools with 47 teams!

Navigation Challenge:

In the Navigation Challenge, vehicles are required to autonomously navigate themselves towards as many waypoints as they can reach within seven minutes, while avoiding obstacles in their paths.  For 2008, UDM’s µCeratops placed 1st in the challenge!

Year             Challenge         Placement

2008 (µCeratops)        Navigation                      1st

                                          Design                             3rd

                                          Autonomous                 4th    

                                                    Lescoe Cup: 1st

2007 (Capacitops)       Autonomous                 3rd

                                        Design                    4th (in design group)

                                        Navigation                     3rd

                         Lescoe Grand Award: 3rd

2006 (Thor)               Autonomous                3rd

                                        Design                    5th (in design group)

                                        Navigation                     3rd

                       Lescoe Grand Award: 3rd

2005 (Hephaestus)       Design                7th (in design group)

2005 (Warrior)             Autonomous                      6th

                                        Design                8th (in design group)

2001 (The Beast)      Autonomous                 9th

                                        Design                           7th

1999 (WHY 2K)              Design                            3rd