Resume Building: From the Industry’s Perspective

by Gabriel de la Cruz

The club have seen the importance of inviting someone from the industry to talk about resume from their perspective. Also, with members who are vastly engineering or computer science students, a lot of the officers have met questions from fellow students on what they should put down as their technical skills or how one should cite the programming languages they know and how they should rate each. Having a speaker from the industry will not only help us answer these questions but will also be able to provide reasons to why they want to see them on the resume. The industry’s perspective is most valuable as they are the one who will be perusing the student’s submitted resumes and will make the decision based on the resume to whether you are getting to the next step of the hiring process.

Robotics Club, through its vice-president, Marcus Blaisdell, a CS student who is also doing internship at Schweitzer Engineering Laboratories (SEL), invited a speaker from SEL to give the members of the club a talk about resume.


Curt Geertgens, a SEL Development Support Manager, gave a talk on “The Perfect Resume: for Engineering Students.” The speaker was very pleased and even gave a complement for having a huge attendance, with over 50+ students during the talk. Members were engaged throughout the talk and had lots of questions during and after the talk.

Also present in the talk where Dr. Swensen and Dr. Janeth who helped examine the resumes brought by some members.

Click here to download slides of the talk.


Biggest Robotics Club in PNW?!?!

Robotics Club hold its first meeting of the Fall on September 3rd at the Intelligent Robot Learning Laboratory (IRL Lab). It was a well-attended meeting with over 60 students. The meeting was hosted by the club’s president, Austin Bonnes, who is a Mechanical Engineering student. The rest of the club officers were also present in the meeting. The meeting started with an opening from the president, who talked about what the club is about, what it offers, and what it expects from its members. Kayl Coulston, a CS student and the club’s Community Outreach officer shortly talked about the club’s past community outreach programs and the plans for this year. Gabriel de la Cruz, a CS graduate student then talked about the tutorials the club are planning to do this semester.


Dr. Swensen (on red shirt) speaking to the club.

The club also introduce the newest addition to its advisory board, our club’s new co-adviser Dr. John Swensen, who is a new professor at the ME Department. Also present is Dr. Kshitij Jerath, who is also a new professor in the ME Department who will help mentor the club.

The president went on to talked about the different projects planned this year which includes: Mars Rover, Robotic Arm, Battlebot, Medical Robot, and Beer Pong Robot. The team leaders for each project were given the opportunity to pitch to the club’s new members about their respective project and why they should join their team. New members were then given the opportunity to go around to meet with each team project to allow them to select and join a project(s) they were interested in.

The club would like to thank the School of Electrical Engineering and Computer Science for providing beverages for the event.


Successful Fall Recruiting Events

Robotics Club has been very active in its effort to recruit new members to join the club this Fall semester. At the same time, as part of our mission, we are also making an effort to increase awareness about robotics in the WSU community. Listed below are the different events the club participated at:

Also throughout the first and second week of classes, officers have selected a few number of EECS and ME classes in which they will speak about the club.

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Robotics Workshop for Girl Scouts

According to the National Girls Collaborative Project, statistics shows that in 2014, while women takes 41% of the total U.S. Workforce — there are only 25% in the computer and mathematical sciences while only 13% are in engineering. Thus the club wants to reach out to such community to educate and empower, especially young girls as they represent the future for the STEM field.

The Robotics Club organized a Robotics Workshop together with the Girl Scouts of Eastern Washington and Northern Idaho that was well attended with 41 girl scouts. The club used the Robotics Workshop as a tool to show these young ladies what they can build or make even at a very young age. The workshop provided hands-on tutorials on building simple circuits, building a basic DC motor, and build Lego robots. They also got to experience flying quadrotors and had a tour WSU’s Frank Innovation Zone where they got to see different types of 3D printers in action.

Although the club spearheaded the planning and organization of this event, we also had volunteers from the Society of Women Engineers and Robosub of the Palouse.


Voiland College Renaming - 4

Voiland Renaming Ceremony (Updated)

Update: The club won $1500 funding as the "Most Engaging Display" during Voiland College of Engineering and Architecture naming celebration.

Washington State University honor's Gene and Linda Voiland for their contributions to the university such that the College of Engineering and Architecture has been renamed as Voiland College of Engineering and Architecture (VCEA).

The renaming ceremony on September 18th was attended by students, staff, faculty, alumni and Pres. Floyd himself. The 40+ student organizations under the umbrella of VCEA were also invited to showcase their projects and plans to the school. This was a challenging event as the clubs were also competing for a financial reward of $1000 if they have the most interactive or best demonstration in the event. Of course, Robotics club was there to showcase the projects we are working on this year through our poster. But we also showcase two of the most interactive demonstrations in which the spectators where drawn. Thanks to Miranda, the leader of the combat robot team, she created this Hydraulic Judobot just using popsicle sticks, a couple of syringes and tubing, to simulate a picture on how fun fighting robots can be. We also programmed this commercially-bought robotic arm where we challenged spectators to move this miniature box with the least number of commands.

We hope that through this event, we were able to grab more students to pursue robotics.

Tutorial on Introduction to Micro-controller

Robotics Club Meeting/Tutorial
September 11, 2014, 5:30pm-7:00pm
at Dana Hall 3, IRLL


  • Quick Announcements
    • T-shirt
    • Other Administrative
  • Tutorial on Introduction to Micro-controllers by Matt Foreman
    • Basic programming of Arduino-based chipKit
    • Quick overview on github (more on a later tutorial)

Important Reminder:

  • For the tutorial, please bring your laptop.
  • Please install MPIDE which will be used as the environment to program the chipKit board. It is highly suggested that you install the program before coming to the tutorial on Thursday.

See you all during the meeting/tutorial.

Meeting pic

A Successful 1st Club Meeting

As the club enters its second year, we are very thankful for the 70+ students who attended the 1st Robotics Club Meeting. A special shoutout to our members from last year who were present tonight, and continue to be loyal members of the club. The club is also very thankful to our adviser, Dr. Matthew Taylor, who was present tonight, and continue to give us good guidance and strong support.

The meeting started with the introduction of its officers and adviser. The club then proceeded in enumerating the 3 big goals for this school year. Firstly, the club wanted to reach out to its local community especially to the youth of Pullman, to get them interested not only in robotics but also the engineering field. Secondly, the club wants to start a Robotics Week in WSU in conjunction with the annual National Robotics Week to promote robotics in the university. Lastly, the club intends to join robotics competitions to increase our presence outside of WSU that will provide our members the opportunity to network with other students in other universities, and more importantly, for our members to be recognized by the industry on their projects.

The competitions that the club is interested in participating are the University Rover Challenge (led by Kyle Florek), and Robothon which include several competitions: Combat Robots (led by Miranda Hansen), Line Following, Line Maze, and 3kg Sumo. Although the club promoted these competitions, the club remains open for other competitions.

Besides joining competitions, we also have existing projects from last year, like the Hexapod Team (led by Gabe Nelson) and Robotic Arm Team (led by Maxwell Carson), that will continue to iterate on their work as they now progress in using more advanced electronics and better materials.

In next week's meeting, we will be giving our first tutorial on Introduction to micro controllers (Installation of IDE, how to program, hardware interface, and some simple sketches). More information will be sent out through this website and in our Facebook group.

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