Some of the newest and brightest designs are taking place at Texas A&M University-Kingsville.
More than 200 students - making up 61 teams from the Engineering Department will be competing for cash prizes during the Annual Senior Design Conference. The teams have been working on this projects since the start of August.
Seniors will present their designs, which will be judged by representatives from industry, faculty and alumni.
One of the designs, Hercu-legs, was build as an exo-suit. The design will allow a person to lift up to 500 pounds using a hydraulic system. "We estimate that we will need about a month or two maybe to get it fully functional, walking and lifting," said Logan Herring.
Every single member had a crucial role to make Hercu-legs come to life. However, the members say they couldn't tell you the hours they spend working on it. The project was funded by the students. It cost about $3,500 to built.
The ultimate goal is that Hercu-legs will be used in search and rescue. "If there is a storm or disaster instead of having to wait for heavy machinery to come in to clear the way you can drop in a team of operators of these and clear the roads that way," said Jorge Gonzalez.
The competition is open to the public. It will take place Friday, April 28th, at Javelina Engineering Complex, Gross Hall and McNeil Engineering from 10am-3pm. For more information, contact Jason Marton at 361-593-4143.
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