Engineering clubs showcase tech toys to court new members

Thursday, September 4, 2014 | 9:22 p.m. CDT
Several MU engineering clubs toted out their drones, racecars and tractors Thursday to try to entice new members.

COLUMBIA — A drone, racecars and tractors were all in Peace Park on Thursday.

Engineering clubs such as Mizzou Torque-N-Tigers, Mizzou Steel Bridge Team and the Society of Hispanic Professional Engineers, converged on Peace Park to recruit new members.

Doctoral students, graduate students, underclassmen and professors were present at the gathering, which provided barbecue for attendees.

A handmade drone was sitting at one of the tables, lime green blades bright in the evening sunlight. The Mizzou Unmanned Aerial Vehicle Team built the drone themselves.

Brandon Torres, a senior in mechanical engineering, explained that in competition, the drone "navigates on an obstacle course and then drops a payload." It was enough to recruit first-year doctoral student Xiaopeng Li, who signed up to be a part of the team.

Race car 62 was also at the park, although team members were having trouble starting it as they prepared to leave. The race cars are generally named after their number in their first race.

Rory Hourihan, a mechanical engineering student, said race car 62 was also handmade. It finished 19th out of 120 in this year's competition.

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