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!
Welcome back from the break! We’re excited to kick things off in a new semester- we’ve got some new and exciting things planned, some new and returning projects to talk about, and we’ll finish up by getting a bit of work done on those projects.
Stop by Beatty 420 tonight at 6:30!
Welcome back, everyone! We hope you’ve enjoyed the break. It’s a new semester, and a new crowd, so we’re excited to share what we’ve come up with for this semester.
One of the new things is that we’re in a different room- our first meeting will be in Beatty 420 on Thursday at 6:30. Stop by to hear about all of our projects, or get in touch (email@example.com) to start up a new one! We’ll also be talking about some of the new things we want to try this semester, so we’d love your feedback on that.
See you there!
The ROV team has been hard at work putting together the prototype. They’ve printed all of the parts that allow for a very modular testing unit. Doing it this way allows them to quickly and easily swap out broken parts and change the configuration, so a large number of chassis configurations can be tested.
With a mechanical sprint planned soon to deal with the upcoming project design release, a significant amount of progress has been made that allows for the team to jump right into things when specifications are released.
Yesterday we had elections for all positions in the IEEE. These officers will hold their positions until the conclusion of this election cycle at this time next year.
Congratulations to our following officers:
President: Chris Thierauf
Vice-President: Andrew Zucker
Secretary: Andrew Mellen
Treasurer: Alec Hewitt
Lab Tech: Raymond Jenks
Freshman Project Chair: Michael Spaluzzi
PR: Devin Taylor
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.