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Robotics Engineering Honors Its Students

May 17, 2021


RBE robot family

five robots in a line, ordered small to large - the words "Robotics Engineering" are on the top left - the WPI logo is on the bottom left alt
Robotics Engineering - WPI


Congratulations to all our 2021 Robotics Engineering students! Every year we typically announce awards and honors during our graduation reception -- this year, with our students and faculty at home and socially distanced, we're honored to announce our award winners and RBE honorees online.

Major Qualifying Projects


Our virtual Project Presentation Day was on April 30th, and our students did a magnificent job presenting their projects via live webinar. WPI's Project Presentation Day is the culmination of students' year-long project work and intended to be the final synthesis of their time at WPI, and as such there are several honors available to those who participate.


The winner of the Provost's MQP Award in Robotics Engineering is:

MQP 31 - Partial Hand Prosthetic
Mia Buccowich (BME) and Andrew Strauss (RBE)
Advised by Prof. Marko Popovic

Watch their project video in the link provided!


Provost's MQP Award Honorable Mentions:

MQP 3 - Optically Driven Robots
Kyle Lang (ME), Brandon Persons (RBE)
Advised by Profs. Balaji Panchapakesan and Loris Fichera


Laura Bünger (ME), Isabelle Chan (RBE/ME), Nicole Cotto (CS), Maya Sun (CS)
Advised by Profs. Berk Calli and Sarah Wodin-Schwartz

Connor Craigie (RBE), Nathan Stallings (RBE), Peter Guglielmino (RBE), Zeynep Seker (RBE/ME)
Advised by Profs. Carlo Pinciroli, Greg Lewin, and Cagdas Onal


Andrew Euredjian(RBE/CS), Ankur Gupta (CS/MA), Revant Mahajan (RBE/CS), Dante Muzila (ME)
Advised by Profs. Michael Gennert, Mahdi Agheli, and Randy Paffenroth


In extenuating circumstances and/or if there are teams who performed with merit equal to the Provost's Award winner, the RBE Department may choose to give Robotics Engineering Department Award.


The winner of this year's Robotics Engineering Department Award is:


Sabrina Liu (RBE), Phillip Abell (ME), Samuel Johnson (RBE), Zhongchuan Xu (RBE)
Advised by Profs. Loris Fichera and Yuxiang Shawn Liu


Finally, to celebrate the work our teams have put into the multiple aspects of their presentation, the Robotics Engineering department is giving awards to our Best Poster and Best Video. The winner of Best Poster will have their poster printed and on display the next academic year, and the Best Video will be displayed on our website's main page carousel for a year.

The winner of this year's Best Poster is:

MQP 22 - Needle Intervention System with Mirror Ultrasound Imaging
Isaac Abouaf (RBE), Aditya Malik (RBE)
Advised by Prof. Haichong Zhang
Sponsor: Dr. Igor Sorokin (UMass Medical School)
(Click here to see the poster!)


The winner of this year's Best Video is:

MQP 2 - SCREAM 3.0: Super-elastic Continuum Robot for Endoscopic Articulation and Manipulation
Sabrina Liu (RBE), Phillip Abell (ME), Samuel Johnson (RBE), Zhongchuan Xu (RBE)
Advised by Profs. Loris Fichera and Yuxiang Shawn Liu
(Click on the link above to see the video!)


Outstanding Students


Every year we also honor several students who exemplify the best of Robotics Engineering. Please join us in congratulating the following winners:


Salisbury Prize
Sabrina Liu (RBE)
Kalani Picho (RBE/ME)
(Information about the Salisbury Prize)
Outstanding Senior Award
Isabelle Chan

Outstanding Senior Award Honorable Mentions
Revant Mahajan
Zhongchuan Xu

Outstanding Junior Award
Brian Katz

Outstanding Service Award
Zeynep Şeker


Our thanks and congratulations to all of you!