When you think of sports dynasties, several teams may come to mind: Boston Celtics, New York Yankees, Chicago Blackhawks, and, of course, the New England Patriots. In the world of robot competitions, that title could arguably go to team Bite Force. For the third time, Bite Force, with designer Paul Ventimiglia ’12 at the controls, was crowned BattleBots World Champion.
“It’s super exciting,” said Ventimiglia just minutes after his win was seen on national TV last Friday night. “I never thought this would be possible.”
During the world championship, which aired on the Discovery Channel, even the commentators took note of team Bite Force’s run of success, calling it “one of the most dominant teams in BattleBots history.”
That comment sent the crowd—who'd gathered in the Rubin Campus Center Odeum for a special BattleBots viewing party—wild. More than 200 people watched the championship round alongside Ventimiglia and three other members of team BiteForce: Jeremiah Jinno ’07, Teena Liu, and Robert Masek. The show was taped several months ago, but the outcome was not revealed until Friday night’s finale.
“WPI really put out the red carpet for us and made us feel like celebrities even though we are just a bunch of kids building robots and having fun,” said Ventimiglia.
In addition to Bite Force, members of 2018 BattleBot teams HUGE, SawBlaze, and Valkyrie joined the viewing party and Q&A panel that followed the show. For many of the students, the chance to talk with not only the world champions but also some of this year’s other top contenders made this event truly remarkable.