Come design a flying robot.
The Multirotor Robot Design Team is a group at Missouri University of Science and Technology dedicated to furthering students’ understanding of engineering through collaboration and application. We strive to give students experience in teamwork as they work towards designing and building several advanced multirotor robots that go on to compete with other teams from around the world.
What Do We Do?
Our team makes autonomous flying drones: our drones can see, fly, and act all by itself from take-off to mission completion. We make our own hardware, so you'll learn electrical design, machining, and tooling, as well as how to work with carbon fiber. On the software side, we'll be programming autonomous flight and using computer vision to do collision avoidance and object detection with languages like Python.
Even though we're a smaller sized team, we have hardware, software, and business divisions so that there's something that everyone can join. Big plus! We have a GIANT 6’ x 4’ drone we built this past year, as well as many smaller drones that fly and avoid objects all by themselves, no human pilots required!
If you want to do something less technical, join our business team for sponsor outreach or designing merchandise.
You should join Multirotor if you want to make a big impact on the team even with limited experience because we're here to help you learn and grow by doing things hands-on.
Where Do You Fit In?
We think the best way to welcome new members is to just get them on board the team. Our goal is to get new members started on doing something day-one, so they participate with the existing team. We plan to hold a number of socials this year as well as a number of flight demonstrations to get new members to bond.
- We have a basic learning tool for new members to begin learning in their first week.
- On the hardware side for new members, we may bring back our racing drones to give new members a small and easily constructible drone to work with.
- On the software side, we're a lot more versatile, with a number of side projects, so members will have a lot of options to choose from.
- We also have sub-teams but they are more for auxiliary functions of the team outside of the competition. While it's not built specifically for new members it's meant to make our team as inclusive as possible.
We're open to giving opportunities to all majors, but we think aerospace, mechanical, electrical, comp-sci, comp-e, and physics work well for the team. And engineering management majors would be fantastic for our business/PR team.
What Will You Gain?
Members will first gain important communication skills from presenting their work to collaborating and working closely with teammates. After that, they'll gain a significant amount of practical experience that no class on campus could provide, which will look great for employers.
Specifically, hardware members will gain engineering design skills with 3D modeling, manufacturing skills with 3D printing and carbon fiber composites, and electronics skills with power distribution boards, flight controllers, and etc.
Software members will learn industry-standard levels of code collaboration, write a lot of software for autonomous flight, computer vision, or even web development.
What Sets Us Apart?
We're a design team that's focused on the students first, using our autonomous drones and our competitions as a way for us to learn and grow. Your classes and mental health come first, and while you are on this team, we will do everything we can to get you prepared for the real world from resume-reviews to internship advice from the upperclassmen.
The team has developed a unique culture that rewards hard work and effort, rather than using lead positions as the only way to gain authority. Leads are team members who are focused on offering their help to the team, rather than to solely benefit themselves. We think this makes the team very friendly and approachable, because, in the end, we are on the same level, working on making the biggest, smartest drone in the world!
Have a Question?
We would love to hear from you! If you have any questions about our team, team expectations, or how to join, please contact us at email@example.com.