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CUAUV places second at international competition

The Cornell University Autonomous Underwater Vehicle (CUAUV) team had another impressive finish in international competition this year, placing second overall at the Office of Naval Research's 14th annual "RoboSub" contest, July 12-17 in San Diego.

The team, which designs and builds autonomous submarines for competition and research, returned home with a $4,000 check from the Association for Unmanned Vehicle Systems International after besting most of the competition with their vehicle, Drekar. Cornell won the 2009 and 2010 competitions. This year's winner was ETS Team SONIA, of Ecole de technologie superieure in Quebec.

CUAUV has 40 students from 10 different majors and three of Cornell's colleges and is advised by Alan Zehnder, professor of mechanical and aerospace engineering; Graeme Bailey, professor of computer science; and electrical and computer engineering senior lecturer Bruce Land.

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