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