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WPI Connection: Ken Stafford Takes Woodie Flowers Award in Robotics Competition
Ken Stafford Takes Woodie Flowers Award in Robotics Competition. The Woodie Flowers Award celebrates effective communication in the art and science of engineering and design.
During the South Florida FIRST Robotics Competition Regional last weekend where the WPI/Mass Academy team – Team 190 - was competing, Ken Stafford was honored by being presented the Woodie Flowers Award.
Team 190 also won the “Leadership in Controls” award for its innovative approach to both the hybrid/autonomous and operator-controlled portions of the challenge.
Ken is director of the WPI Robotics Resource Center and advisor to the Mass Academy of Math and Science Team 190. The Woodie Flowers Award celebrates effective communication in the art and science of engineering and design. Dr. William Murphy founded this prestigious award in 1996 to recognize mentors who lead, inspire and empower, using excellent communication skills. Each year, students may submit an essay nominating one mentor from their team to be considered for this award.
“This year’s South Florida Regional WFFA winner is described by his team as an ‘uber’ mentor,” one of the Florida judges said. “He consistently pushes them to think outside of their norm with engineering design. This 12-year mentor has been the driving force behind his team for many years, and his students recognize and appreciate just what life lessons they are learning from this inspirational mentor. Please join me in congratulating a mentor who puts service before self and integrity before all, the 2012 South Florida Regional Woodie Flowers Award Finalist, Professor Ken Stafford from Team 190.”
From WPI Connection
April 25, 2012