Oni Ornan (1T5) at The Israel Institute of Technology

Working directly with a professor from Israel’s Technions Environmental Engineering Dept., I had the chance to develop a method for the autonomous and safe disassembling of piled blocks by means of robotic assessment and manipulation. This is an advancement for the field of Urban Search and Rescue robotic missions responding to earthquakes. My supervising professor was wonderful. He taught me a lot and gave me a free hand to express, pursue and develop my ideas. We are now writing an article about the method, which will be further developed by a M.Eng student in the fall. It has been wonderful to hone my learning in a practical setting and contribute to meaningful work that could save lives.