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University Rover Challenge

An out of this world competition!

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WVU Mountaineer Robotics

As humans explore and colonize Mars, there will be a need to have autonomous and remote controlled rovers to work alongside and aid human teams. To this end, The Mar Society invites teams from colleges around the world to compete at the University Rover Challenge. For this competition, teams are tasked to complete specific challenges including an extreme distance and autonomous terrain traversal challenges, equipment maintenance, sample retrieval, and scientific analysis. 

As of Spring of 2022, West Virginia University's Team Mountaineers continues to compete in the URC program. And the team has continued to evolve throughout the years as students progress through their academic programs. New opportunities for experience, learning, and leadership are always present on the team. WVU has a strong history in robotics, with years of success at the NASA Sample Return Robot, RASC-AL, and Robotic Mining Challenges. We are working hard to carry on this legacy and leave a lasting impact at our first competition. Currently, WVU's URC team consists primarily of students completing their mechanical engineering capstone course. However, the team has recently integrated other disciplines, such as Computer Science and Electrical Engineering majors, and will continue reaching out to other disciplines to enhance our perspective and experience. 

If you are interested in joining, please check out the "Join Us" page, or contact our faculty advisor Dr. Yu Gu at

All majors and experience levels are welcome to join. You may volunteer or join via a class for credit via CSEE 480/481, MAE 471/472/371/217 Robotics Sections, Independent study, research credit, or join through the WVU Robotics Club. We meet at commonly available meeting times during the week so you won't have to worry about scheduling conflicts! We want WVU's URC team to be accessible to as many students as possible.

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