IEEE honors Chung for founding Robofest
Wednesday, March 30th, 2011
The Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers USA (IEEE) honored Lawrence Tech Professor CJ Chung with its citation of honor award for his leadership in founding the Robofest competition to inspire interest in engineering among pre-college students.
Chung founded Robofest in 2000 with the goal of getting more students interested in the STEM subjects before they get to college. Since then more than 8,800 students have competed in Robofest, including teams from 13 states and seven countries. The world championship finals are held at Lawrence Tech every year in May.
For information about Robofest, go to www.robofest.net .
IEEE noted that Chung has added a variety of unique Robofest categories designed to attract a diverse range of students to Robofest. Exhibition competition has provided an opportunity to show off students’ creative robotics R&D projects. The RoboParade and the RoboFashion & Dance Show have attracted more diverse students into STEM. Vision Centric Challenges have been offered for advanced high school students.
“I thank all Robofest staff, coaches, volunteers, and sponsors. I am proud of all the Robofest students,” Chung said.
He pointed to three participants who exemplify the potential that Robofest can tap into: