Douglas Wins First Place in Autodesk Design Slam Competition

Mechanical Engineering Junior Melissa Douglas has made us all proud with her win at the 2018 Autodesk Design Slam Competition in Las Vegas. The competition had three “slams” or categories: Infraworks and Autocad, Dynamo, and Fusion 360. Douglas participated in the Fusion 360 slam with her teammate Shoko Kwata, an industrial engineering and design student from Japan, as the first all-women team to not only compete, but also take the win!

Douglas competed against industry professionals and Autodesk engineers to design an advanced robotic training aid to support American football and soccer players with the latest in training technology. Douglas’ skills and talent exceeded that of the industry professionals and Autodesk engineers – with only a month of familiarity with the software.

The competitors’ designs were displayed live on-screen for an audience of over 10,000 attendees, with only fifteen minutes of design time for each team!

Douglas’ robot, Kemari, was introduced with her shooting mechanisms, ball storage capacity, ball joint and slider mechanisms allowing for wide-range shooting, adjustable height of up to six feet, sturdy wheels with programmable and adjustable resistance, and her ability to provide live feedback through a facial display of various emotions.

Douglas’ comments on her amazing win: “It was a good journey for me. It helped me in truly recognizing the value of diversity. I am usually one of a few blacks, but here I was the only one.”

Douglas also serves as Vice President of the American Society of Mechanical Engineers Howard University Chapter (ASME-HU).

Heartiest congratulations! Keep making us proud!

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