16th July 1999

 

NASA STUDENT GRADUATES

 

A Hull student who contacted NASA to discuss his dissertation on improving robotics in space will graduate with a 2:1.

 

Boffin Andrew Stannard, 20, who was on the BSc Computing programme at the University of Lincolnshire & Humberside was amazed to discover his idea would be used in a new book.

 

Beverley-born Andrew wrote to NASA to tell them what he hoped to gain from his dissertation on how robots can be improved to work more efficiently in space.

 

NASA engineer Yoseph Bar-Cohen picked up on Andrew’s idea to use smaller robots when exploring planets and will feature it in a new textbook.

 

“The idea is to make the robots smaller and lighter using lots of sensors so they can work well with other technologies during planetary exploration,” said Andrew, who attended Sydney Smith School in Hull and who is one of the university’s youngest graduates.

 

Andrew will graduate at City Hall on 21st July at 11am.

 

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