A team of students led by Ms.Kavya Navaneetha Krishnan, IV yr EIE, Sri Sairam Engg College, participated in the NASA Human Exploration Rover Challenge 2016 and won the Best International Team Award in the global contest in which 180 teams were shortlisted for the final round. On successful completion of the Competition, they were invited to visit the NASA in the United States of America. She is seen receiving the LEO MUTHU INNOVATION CASH AWARD of Rs.1 lakh offered by Sairam Institutions from Shri.Ponraj Vellaichamy, Scientist and Technical Advisor to Former President of India Dr.APJ. Abdul Kalam, in the presence of Mr. Sai Prakash LeoMuthu, CEO Sairam Institutions.

Kavya Navaneetha Krishnan, IV yr EIE, attended The NASA HUMAN EXPLORATION ROVER CHALLENGE – which is an annual international competition conducted by National Aeronautics & Space Administration – NASA, USA. The competition venue for this year 2016 has been Marshall Air Space Flight Center, Huntsville, Alabama, USA. Marshall Space Center plays a crucial and centric role in each of the space mission that NASA conducts wherein all the space launch systems are designed & developed. The core purpose of the Rover Challenge 2016 is to freshly design, develop and run the new rover vehicle at the extra terrestrial conditions provided at Marshall Flight Center. The best team is adjudged on various points like, Speed of initiation, Handling terrestrial challenges, Overcoming difficult terrain, Team work, Speed & Shortest duration taken to complete.

Kavya Navaneetha Krishnan along with her team were one among the 180 teams that were shortlisted all over the world (out of 3000 teams that had applied) to attend the event. The preparative activities for the rover challenge started during early days of December 2015. A collaborative team of seven nations which includes Russia, Germany, Italy, India, Bolivia, USA and, Japan worked towards the completion of a new set of Rover based on the design challenge provided in the rule book of the competition.

The team completed 13th in the world rankings out of the total of 90 teams participated, representing various countries. The team was also the recipients of Jesco Von Puttmaker International Team award for Best International Team.

t has really been a proud moment for the Department and Institution for the first time a student from this institution has represented herself in a world level competition at NASA. Wishing her all the very best for all her future endeavors.

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