September 2, 2014

UNL creation “Jackbot” wins First Place in college competition

Jackbot

Grad students from the University of Nebraska-Lincoln’s Surgical Robotics Lab have won 1st place in the American Society of Mechanical Engineers’ 2012 Student Mechanism.

The team’s project, “Miniature In Vivo Surgical Robot for Single-Incision Surgery”, won in the Robot Design Competition, Graduate Student Robotics category.

Mechanical and materials engineering students Jack Mondry of Orlando, Fla., Joseph Bartels of Wauneta, Thomas Frederick of Omaha, and Eric Markvicka of Ravenna made their presentation at the Chicago event in mid-August. Their platform for R-LESS (robotic laparo endoscopic single site) surgery aims to streamline the crowded operating table while still providing the dexterity necessary to perform general surgical procedures, according to the university.

This was the second win in two years for a UNL team. A team led by Chi Min Seow won the 2010 graduate-level robotics division.

The Nebraska entry was nicknamed “Jackbot”.