This is the official page of WIT IEEE, a student branch of the IEEE at Wentworth. The IEEE is the largest association of technical professionals worldwide, and as a student branch, we are open to all students of all majors at Wentworth.
Check out our active projects to learn more about what we do, or take a look at our schedule to learn more about when we meet and what events we have coming up (all open to both members and non-members).
Interested in a workshop? Let us know!
Our ROV team is hard at work with all aspects of design! With the custom boards that recently came in, the mechanical team of the ROV project is able to show some 3D renderings of what the internals of the prototype looks like. Visible are the custom power distribution board, the custom sensor board, and more. This all stacks together nice and small so that it can be compactly inserted into the main PVC compartment of the prototype.
With this in hand, the ROV team continues to 3D print out parts of the prototype, solder everything together, and write the code to control everything. It’s almost ready to put in the water!
The very first HackWITus, Wentworth’s student run hackathon, the IEEE was there to help out by providing hardware, equipment, and knowledge. This year we were back, and with help from Wentworth’s Tech Sandbox, we provided a wide variety of tech like 3D printers, lab equipment, soldering irons, tools, and more. We also were around to make sure that everyone had the ability to use the 3D printers and other tech, even if they didn’t quite know what they were doing!
We’re happy to have been able to continue our mission of providing the opportunity to learn a variety of technical skills at this event. It was a lot of fun, and we’re looking forward to coming back next year!
Our election year is coming to a close, and elections are coming up in the IEEE!
On November 30th, we’ll be holding our annual elections. The positions that any IEEE member can run for are as follows:
- Vice President
- Lab Manager
Nominations and elections will occur on the same day (the 30th). Each candidate will give a brief speech about their views for the role, and will be voted on anonymously. Members can run for more than one role, but can only fill one role. This means that not getting elected to a position won’t kick you out of the e-board, but it doesn’t mean that you can pick and choose which spot you want- once someone is elected to a role, that’s the one they’re in.
Members may also propose that a new role be added, if they feel that there is a particular need for it. The role will be proposed and voted on at the President’s discretion.
The ROV team has been hard at work on its prototype for the MATE competition. This prototype requires some custom PCB’s, so the team has designed, developed, and had printed a board that can mount onto a Raspberry Pi and give connections to all sort of sensors. Having these boards really pushes the ROV to the next level!
Control loops, and specifically PID’s, are a commonly used method of ensuring that a system is able to get to and maintain a value. They blend mechanical systems, electrical systems, code, and mathematics to create automated and functional systems like those found in thermostats, self-driving cars, robotic arms, and much much more.
In tonight’s meeting, Stephen walked us through the mathematics and theory of PID’s. He also showed us techniques for finding those critical P, I, and D constants, as well as figuring out how to apply this knowledge.
The ROV project made some technical decisions for the first time this semester at their most recent meeting. The big meeting point was picking out a basic thruster configuration- the competition requires mobility, but given that only so much current (and therefore thrusters) are allowed, what is the best possible configuration?
The team has set the limit of thrusters to be 6. Vector drives were discussed but eventually dismissed, because the added complexity didn’t seem to have enough of a benefit to be worth it.
The final decision for the configuration was to have 2 thrusters to move up and down (one at the front, and another at the back), and to have the remaining 4 thrusters be mounted on the side- 2 to control forward and backwards movement, and 2 to control strafing. By intentionaly offsetting the height of the strafing motors from each other, the chassis can also strafe normally while still being able to perform rolls. This would be used mostly as a corrective feature.
Click here to learn more about this project.
For our first workshop of this year, Stephen gave a workshop on 3D Printing. Members learned about common terms and features, what the technology can and can’t do, and some handy tricks for making the best prints possible.
The presentation started with a basic 3D file created in SolidWorks, turned it into an .stl file, put the .stl into a slicer, and discussed how to put the sliced file into our octoprint server.
If you missed it, check out the slides from the presentation, (coming soon!), or check out the 3D printing project for a bunch of people that are happy to discuss 3D printing.
If you’re interested in learning about a certain topic, leave some thoughts here! We’re happy to put together a brief workshop on any technical topic.
(I used the photo of us at our booth since I have nothing else to use here…)
It’s been a while, welcome back!
It’s a new year, and we’re excited to share all the exciting stuff we’ve got with you. We’ll be introducing a bit of new stuff to make things easier for the eboard to run, for new members to join, and for existing members to get the most out of our club. We’d love to hear your thoughts on this, so be sure to stop by and speak up!
Among the topics discussed will be the following:
- Re-naming our space the ‘IEEE Makerspace’ or ‘IEEE Hackerspace’, because this is a more accurate name that is less likely to be confused with other places on campus
- Adding a more formal leadership structure, to allow for more progress to happen in the projects and to allow the eboard to better assist the teams in getting whatever resources they need
- How we can use the website as a tool to keep members updated and to seek out funding
This meeting will be held in Wentworth 310 at 6:30, just like all other general body meetings. We hope to see you there!
Due to issues regarding scheduling, it’s been a rough start for the most recent take on the ROV project. It’s not the first time the IEEE has taken on this challenge, but this is a very new team, with veteran members graduating and new members taking over. Thanks to that, and thanks to scheduling conflicts, it’s been hard to continue progress, and the ROV team has agreed to not rush to compete in the upcoming challenge. Instead, they’ll be prioritizing basic functions like control, movement, and object manipulation, ensuring that these tasks (which are universal aspects of each year’s challenges) will be well designed and operational. This should allow for a well designed machine, rather than one that is assembled last minute (as would have been the case if the deadline for this competition was met). The ROV project has typically been one of our most intensive and demanding projects, so although this re-framing of goals is not particularly glamorous, it is a necessary part of engineering the best design.