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Team advisor: Dr. Derek Paley
Competition participation: Micro UAV Drone Competition
Team experience: Creating and flying autonomous quadrotor UAVs capable of obstacle course navigation and delivery/pickup task completion
To apply, contact team advisor. 
Team website

Team advisor: Dr. Mumu Xu
Competition participation: AUVSI Student Unmanned Aerial Systems Competition
Team experience: Building a fixed wing aircraft (Unmanned Aerial Vehicle-UAV) to fly an autonomous mission with obstacle avoidance and fulfill various tasks like payload drop and object detection and localization.  
To apply, contact team advisor. 

Turbo Terps
Advisor: Dr. Mumu Xu
Competition participation: IROS UAV Racing Competition
Team experience: Building quadrotor UAVs that can autonomously compete drone racing courses at the speed and precision of human-controlled racers
To apply, contact team advisor
Team website
Robotics @ UMD
Team advisor: Dr. Dave Akin
Competition participation: 
Space/Extreme Environment AUV Competition
Team experience: Designing autonomous underwater vehicles (AUVs) that can perform tasks and complete obstacles in an extreme, space-simulated environment. 
To apply, contact team advisor.
Team website
The Maryland Robotics Center sponsors student teams that enter robotics competitions. MRC funding may be used for travel, materials, and other costs associated with participation in the competition. Best consideration is given to UMD student teams, although local K-12 robotics clubs are eligible to apply for funding. 
How to Apply: Send a request to with a statement describing the team, the robotics competition, and how MRC funds would be used. 

Recipients of MRC Conference Travel Awards and Robotics Team Sponsorships should acknowledge the Maryland Robotics Center where applicable in their presentation and/or competition materials. Recipients are also invited to give a presentation about their paper or competition as part of the MRC Student Seminar Series. Sponsored teams should provide the competition results to MRC, including the names of the winning teams, list of team members, and photos for use on the MRC website and social media.