Student Projects and Research Committee (SPARC)


Purpose:

The Student Projects and Research Committee (SPARC) is a student lead organization at Auburn University that creates and fosters an environment of creativity and innovation through collaborative projects. No matter their major, students should only need a willingness to learn and grow to participate in an experience that will allow them to test out ideas, integrate concepts learned in class, and learn skills that will be instrumental when working in the workforce. SPARC each semester selects a few projects to work on and dedicates the space and tools of the "makerspace" style SPARC lab to develop those projects.


Social Media
Website:
http://sparc.eng.auburn.edu/

Meetings:
SPARC has one general non-mandatory meeting a week this semester, Fall 2018. The meeting takes place in Broun Hall 125 on Tuesdays from 6pm to 7pm. The meeting has three different parts. The first part consists of an introduction to the organization and announcements of upcoming events. The second part is a discussion of the status of all the active projects. The third is a 20 to 30 minute special presentation or maker training session. A special presentation is usually centered around a topic about engineering, technology, or making such as blockchain, neural networks, virtual reality, additive manufacturing, etc. Maker training sessions are short introductory lessons on a useful skill for SPARC projects such as 3D CAD, 3D printing, electrical prototyping, microcontrollers, Linux and microcomputer development, etc.

Office Location:
Broun 367

Shop Location:
Broun Hall 367

Projects, outreach, competitions, conferences, etc.:


Projects

  • IEEE Southeastcon Robotics Hardware Competition- an autonomous robot for competing against other colleges at a conference in April 2019
  • MATILDA Military Robotics Platform- reverse engineering and retrofitting an old bomb disposal robot
  • Unmanned Aerial Systems- assembling and experimenting with quadcopters
  • Tesla Coil- build a spark gap style Tesla Coil to demonstrate at engineering events
  • Lab Assistant- programming a virtual assistant for lab automation similar to Amazon Alexa

Outreach

  • E-Day- (February) demonstrate projects to middle and high school students alongside other engineering organizations
  • Opelika HS Robotics team- mentor a BEST and FRC team
  • HS Robotics Competitions- volunteer at BEST, VEX, and FIRST robotics competition


President/Captain:
Matthew Castleberry
mtc0030@auburn.edu

E-Council Rep:
Will Dovre
wgd0007@auburn.edu

Advisor:
Dr. Thaddeus Roppel
roppeth@auburn.edu


Category: Competition Team, Academic, Professional,
Related Major: All Majors