Choate Rosemary Hall Bulletin | Spring '16

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CHOATE ROBOTICS ADVANCES TO WORLDS Choate Rosemary Hall fielded four robots at the VEX Southern New England Regional Championship in Worcester, Mass., on March 5–6. Three of the robots made it through qualifying rounds to the elimination rounds: 6016B and 6106D were quarterfinalists and 6106A was a semifinalist, thereby qualifying for the World Championship. Members of the team traveled to compete in the VEX Worlds tournament in Louisville, Ky. in April. In February, two of the robots competed in the University of New Haven VEX Regional Qualifier. Choate robot 6106A won the Programming Skills Challenge and 6106D won the Robot Skills Challenge, advancing all the way to the finals, with 6106D winning the Championship.

Choate Mentoring Takes Flight Dr. Kerri L. Cahoy ’96, Boeing Assistant Professor of Aeronautics and Astronautics at MIT, and Patrick Kage ’16 have their sights set on the moon. Last summer, Patrick worked at MIT, where he was mentored by Dr. Cahoy. In 2014, Patrick attended a talk by Kerri at his middle school, Talcott Mountain Science Academy. Said Patrick, “I thought the things that she was doing for NASA and at MIT’s STAR (Space Telecommunications, Astronomy, and Radiation) Lab, were really, really cool so I dropped her a line.” Besides Patrick, Dr. Cahoy has mentored Andrew “Max” Barg ’14 and Adham Meguid ’16, both students in Choate’s Science Research Program (SRP). While at MIT, Patrick became involved in a remote Jet Propulsion Laboratory project prototyping a tool to match potential technology instruments to existing models of satellites based on an array of key parameters that the mission clients and designers prioritize. Patrick was invited to apply for a 10-week onsite internship this summer at Caltech, academic home of NASA’s Jet Propulsion Laboratory. During spring break he traveled to Pasadena for an orientation program where he became further acquainted with the program and his future summer co-workers. He was able to stay at the faculty guest house with Dr. Cahoy, who is presently on leave from MIT, and her family. Both are excited by future lunar missions and the prospect of sending data from the Moon to Earth using nanosatellites. Dr. Cahoy looks forward to working with more Choate students: “Mentoring reminds me again of how talented, motivated, and extremely productive these students are in the lab.” If you are an alumnus who would like to mentor a student in Choate’s Science Research Program, contact Program Director Dr. Christopher Hogue at chogue@choate.edu.

First row: Lindsay Ning ’17, Katrina Gonzalez ’17, and Elise Hummel ’18. Second row: Max Fine ’17, Ian Wolterstorff ’17, Brian McGlinchey ’18, Nikhil Davar ’18, Captain Adham Meguid ’16, George Wildridge ’17, Ausar Mundra ’17, and Nandini Erodula ’18.

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