Eric Stratton, an MS student in the CMR won 2nd place in the ASME International Student Mechanisms and Robot Design Competition, Graduate Division with his entry entitled, "Posterior Compliant Load-sharing Spinal Implant." The competition involved contestants submitting their written reports to academic and industrial judges.
The finalists received travel funds from the National Science Foundation to present their entries at this year's ASME Mechanisms & Robotics Conference in San Diego, California. Finalists presented their entries via poster and oral presentations. The winners were announced on September 2, 2009 at the 33rd Mechanisms & Robotics Conference awards luncheon. First and third place winners represented Massachusetts Institute of Technology and Pennsylvania State University, respectively.