Chicago Engineering Design Team
Chicago Engineering Design Team (EDT) is an engineering and robotics organization made up of University of Illinois at Chicago (UIC) engineering students. It was founded in 2000. EDT is a team of electrical, software, and mechanical engineers who aim to bring engineering to the next level. The organization participates in robotics competitions and organizes various engineering events at UIC.
Chicago EDT competes in two major robotics competitions, the Intelligent Ground Vehicle Competition (IGVC) and the AMD Jerry Sanders Creative Design Competition (JSDC). IGVC is a contest in which teams from different universities build robots that can autonomously navigate an obstacle course. Each team requires expertise in electrical, software, and mechanical engineering. JSDC is a competition where teams of engineering students must build a robot which completes objectives in order to score points. This competition also has significant combat between robots, and it requires strategy and skill in addition to a good design in order to be successful.
Chicago EDT also plans on competing in the 2012 BMEstart competition. BMEstart is a competition sponsored by the NCIIA, and calls for undergraduate students to invent a health-related technology that addresses a real clinical need.
The team began planning for the March 2008 JSDC in the fall of 2007 and started work in January 2008. A UIC senior on the team noted that the team members were, "putting in over 20 hours a week," in addition to schoolwork.
The team has developed and competed with the following robots:
Chicago EDT has received a reputation for well built robots. Some of their achievements are:
- 2002 Fourth place overall at the JSDC
- 2004 Participation in the JSDC
- 2005 Most Creative award at the JSDC for the robot Ares
- 2006 First place overall at the JSDC for the robot Ares
- 2006 Most Innovative award at the JSDC for the robot Thor for being the only autonomous robot to score points
- 2007 Third place overall at the JSDC for the robot Thor
- 2007 Fourth place overall at the JSDC for the robot Ares
- 2007 Second place in design competition at the IGVC for the robot Achilles
- 2008 First place overall at the JSDC for the robot Ares
- 2008 Fourth place overall at the JSDC for the robot Thor
- 2009 Second place overall at the JSDC for the robot Kronos
- 2009 Winner of the demolition round at the JSDC for the robot Odin
- 2012 First and second place winner for Sephiroth and Raijin, respectively, and demolition champion for Raijin at JSDC 
- 2013 First place winner, team Thanatos. Demolition winner team Lamashtu. 
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