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 2014 ASME Student Mechanism & Robot Design Competition

ASME International Design Engineering Technical Conferences (IDETC)

38th Annual Mechanisms & Robotics Conference

August 17-20, 2014 ~ Buffalo, NY, USA




The ASME Student Mechanism and Robot Design Competition is an excellent opportunity for both undergraduate and graduate students to showcase their ability to design and build a mechanism or a robot.

The competition comprises two rounds:

Round 1
: is the qualifying round. Participants submit a letter of intent and a written report on their entry. All entries are evaluated by a panel of judges chosen from academe and industry.  The top five entries in each category qualify for Round 2.
Round 2
:  is the final round that takes place at the 2014 ASME International Design Engineering Technical Conferences in Buffalo, NY, USA from August 17–20, 2014.  Each team makes an oral presentation describing their entry. They are also allotted display space for an interactive poster and prototype presentation.

IMPORTANT ANNOUNCEMENT: Starting this year, limited funds are available to reimburse travel and registration for International participants. Please check the Travel Funds section for more details.

Navigate this site for information regarding this year’s competition.  Please check the Announcements section regularly for important and time sensitive information pertaining to this competition. We look forward to your participation.



  • 2013 Contest Winners Announced
    Mechanisms- Undergraduate Division

    First Place: ORICEPS Origami-Inspired Robotic Forceps
    Clayton Grames, Bryce Edmondson, Eric Call, Landen Bowen, Terri Bateman, Brigham Young University

    Second Place: 3D-Printable Compliant Control Valve
     –Weston Baxter, Zach Brough, Mitch Hortin, Joshua Kuhn, Jason Lund, Brigham Young University

    Third Place: Design of a Flapping Wing Micro Air Vehicle
    Jeff Kohler, Ohio State University

    Mechanisms- Graduate Division

    First Place: Assured Safety Drill with Bi-Stable Bit Retraction Mechanism

    Paul LoschakHao Pei, and Kecha Xiao, Harvard University

    Second Place: Monolithic Two-Degree-of-Freedom Pointing Mechanism ( The Hepta-Flex)

    Ezekiel G. Merriam, Brigham Young University

    Third PlaceA Contact-aided Composite Compliant Mechanism to Clamp and Stretch Soft Objects

    Santosh Bhargav, present online from Indian Institute of Science, Bangalore

    Robotics- Undergraduate Division

    First Place: Remote Controlled Robotic Firefighting System
    Robert Richardson, Christopher Graf, Devon Hall, Matthew Lubaszka, Julianne Rudmann,, College of New Jersey

    Second Place: Underactuated End Effector with Novel Linkage System  for Full-Sized Humanoid Robot
    Michael Rouleau, Michael Heller, Matthew FrauenthalVirginia Tech

    Third Place: Small Autonomous Monitoring Platform for Lakes and Estuaries
    Moustapha DiabUche EzechiUniversity of Maryland Eastern Shore

    Robotics- Graduate Division

    First Place:Quasi-Passive Compliant Stance Control Knee-Ankle-Foot Orthosis
    Kamran Shamaei, Yale University
           Second PlaceDevelopment of a Compliant Robotic Arm for Sensitive Manipulation
    Nigel Cochran, Worcester polytechnic

    Third PlaceGyroscopic Actuator for Turning Humanoid Robots
    Andrew Boddiford, Charlie ManionKwan Suk-Kim, Pradeep Radhakrishnan  University of Texas at Austin
    Posted Aug 23, 2013, 10:15 AM by Girish Krishnan
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