The Automated Sports Ball Launcher won grand prize in the fall 2003 Senior Design Competition at University of Nevada, Las Vegas.
Twenty-three teams competed for 14 awards.
The Automated Sports Ball Launcher is a machine that can aim a baseball at any place on the field at the touch of a button. It was designed by Robert Callahan, William Calloway, Marvin Lemus and Philipp Maeder.
First place winners include:
— In the civil & environmental engineering & construction category, “Project Greencrete,” eco-friendly concrete
— In computer science, “Advanced Image and Video Processing Tools” by Jeff Senecal
— In electrical and computer engineering, “Eco Pump”
— In entertainment engineering and design, “Express layout change,” a quick-change gambling table top
— In mechanical engineering, “Autonomous Brass Collecting Rover,” which picks up brass bullet shells
— An interdisciplinary award to “CESIR Platform,” a drone
— For commercial potential, “Express layout change,” a quick-change gambling table top
— For sustainability, a tie between “240V high efficiency motor controller” and “Project Greencrete”