About

RoboGrinder is an undergraduate engineering design team at Virginia Tech that competes in the DJI RoboMaster University Championship 7v7 competition in Shenzhen, China, and the DJI RoboMaster University League 3v3 competition in North America. The competition involves designing terrestrial and aerial robots that are teleoperated or fully autonomous. The team members of RoboGrinder strive to solve complicated mechanical, electrical, programming, and computer vision problems. One detail that makes RoboGrinder unique amongst many other RoboMaster teams is its culture. RoboGrinder is composed of team members from across the globe. The team works through language barriers and culture differences to ensure that communication and collaboration flow smoothly between team members.

Accomplishments

3rd Prize in 2017’s DJI RoboMaster Competition.

1st Prize in 2018’s DJI RoboMaster International region Competition.

3rd Prize in 2018’s DJI RoboMaster Ground Final Competition.

1st prize in 2019‘s DJI Robomaster International Region Competition

1st Runner Up in 2021’s DJI Robomaster North American 3v3 Confrontation

1st Prize in 2022’s DJI Robomaster ICRA 1v1 Standard Confrontation

1st Runner Up in 2022’s DJI Robomaster North American 1v1 Standard Confrontation

2nd Prize in 2022’s DJI Robomaster North American 3v3 Confrontation

Mission For RoboGrinder

RoboGrinder’s mission is to empower students to apply their engineering knowledge from the classroom towards solving complex mechanical, electrical, and programming problems. Intercollegiate competitions, like the RoboMaster competition, provide unique obstacles requiring a plethora of engineering backgrounds in order to not only build an effective and efficient robot, but also to win the competition. RoboGrinder has accepted the challenges of many different international, intercollegiate robotics competitions and plans on expanding into more competitions in the coming years. For the 2022-2023 season, RoboGrinder plans on taking the following steps in order to execute its mission statement:

  1. Creating mentorship pathways within the organization
  2. Fully funding all prototype designs
  3. Building a 1:1 ratio of the different competition playing-fields for testing purposes
  4. Let new recruiting members be hands-on from day 1
  5. Transfer knowledge from Senior members to recruits