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Students dedicate time to developing drone
The Pitt News features Robotics and Automation Society drone competing at IARC
Liam Berti (left) and Levi Burner (right) program the drone in their lab. (Photo by Isabelle Glatts | Staff Photographer for The Pitt News)

Levi Burner had dreamed of making a flying machine since he was 8 years old.

The junior electrical engineering student finally got his chance when he started to build a drone for the International Aerial Robotics Competition more than a year ago.

“The fact that we have found a competition that follows that dream just gets me really excited,” Burner said. “I’ve always been a robotics fan, so I’ve been building robots since I was quite young.”

Burner, along with the Pitt Robotics and Automation Society, engineered a drone capable of flight to compete in the North American venue of the IARC, hosted at the Georgia Institute of Technology this past summer. The student group — which began work on the drone during the summer of 2016 — has since worked to improve their initial drone by developing its software and hardware so that it can compete again next summer.

Read the full story at The Pitt News.

Anish Salvi for The Pitt News, 11/20/2017

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