Tec de Monterrey students take to the sea in MATE Competition

TecXotic, a multi-disciplinary team of Tecnológico de Monterrey Cuernavaca Campus students, is readying for the ‘2015 MATE Competition: Science and Industry in the Arctic'. Its entry: a submarine ROV capable of carrying out multiple tasks underwater.

Since late 2014 , Tec de Monterrey's students work on an innovative prototype ROV that meets the specifications of the competition. The octagonal shape of the robot, as well as its open structure enable it a hydrodynamic model.

Mar 2, 2015


Marine Advanced Technology Education (MATE) Center is a U.S. partnership of organizations working to improve marine education by fostering the study of science and technology among young people, thereby helping to prepare the future engineers who will work on marine development and exploration.

Thus, the 2015 MATE Competition: Science and Industry in the Arctic" seeks to engage youth from all over the world to pursue scientific and technical careers through the development of ROVs (Remotely Operated Vehicles). The first stage of the 2015 MATE competition will take place April 25 at NASA's Neutral Buoyancy Lab, with finalists from all regional competitions advancing to the finals June 25-27 in St. John's, Newfoundland and Labrador, Canada.

This year, the competition simulates the Arctic environment; consequently, the ROV must safely help scientists and engineers in their underwater research/activities. "We must deliver a robot that will successfully tackle a number of challenges underwater, such as studying the ocean floor or oil industry-related activities, in addition to checking and repairing underwater facilities," said Gianpiero Trane, who oversees the Tecnológico de Monterrey's project.

Students majoring in Mechatronics, Computer Technologies, and Industrial and Systems Engineering, as well as several from the Tec High School, make up TecXotic.

"Some ask us why 'TecXotic', and the reason is that being an international competition, we wanted to choose a name that reflected our pre-Hispanic history, so we chose the Nahuatl word ‘texotic' that means ‘blue' like the water in which our robot will conduct its missions, and we added the ‘c' to reference our institution," explained Maïa Renaud, one of the team members.

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