MARS ROVER DESIGN TEAM

WHO ARE WE?

Missouri S&T’s Mars Rover Design Team was founded with and continues to uphold one mission:
"To provide students with the expertise to overcome today’s challenges, become tomorrow’s visionaries, and to keep humanity forever curious."

OUR MISSION

Today

Today, we are challenging ourselves to build the next generation of Mars rover, by competing in competitions designed to prepare humanity for the challenges of making the Red Planet our home. We challenge ourselves to build a rover able to perform complex tasks and movements under real-world constraints, such as time, weight, and budget, to gain a competitive advantage among the cutting edge of student designers and makers.

Tomorrow

Within our team, we are also building students’ abilities that extend beyond the classroom. Technical, communication, and leadership skills that are learned only through experience better prepare our members to move beyond their roles as today’s students to become tomorrow’s critical thinkers, creative problem solvers, team players and leaders.

Forever

Every team member is entrusted with the vision of keeping humanity forever curious. Whether that curiosity leads to breakthroughs that extend our species to the stars abound, or increase the efficiency of task performance in the rapidly expanding workplace, we can more effectively build any team, group, or society around us. By continually identifying areas of innovation and improvement, we aim to turn every problem we discover into a solvable one.

Our Team




Our team structure is comprised of eight interdisciplinary subteams: Sample Retrieval and Analysis, Drivetrain, Ground Support Systems, Manipulators, Electrical PCB, Software, Public Relations, and Finance. These groups reflect the natural interface points between different rover systems, where each group contains all the necessary members and skill-sets to deliver a functional product. This structure allows for more efficient communication and enables interdisciplinary learning throughout our design process. As the year progresses, our members develop technical skills, interpersonal skills, and the skills it takes to succeed in a fast-paced, modern workplace.
Andrew Rausch
CEO
Matthew Lowe
CTO
Téa Thomas
CFO
Emily Bruns
CAO
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