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Automated Sports Ball Launcher wins grand prize in UNLV competition

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”

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