Faculty Advisor

Ciaraldi, Michael J.

Faculty Advisor

Stafford, Kenneth A.

Faculty Advisor

Wilkes, John M.


Our IQP focused on championing the idea of a college-level lunar-themed robotics competition. Returning to the Moon and creating livable lunar bases there, along with the associated issues with that, are going to be persistent problems in the future. A large problem will be determining how to handle lunar regolith and use it as a resource. Based on these future lunar development problems, we proposed that a competition be developed to help draw interested college students into this emerging interdisciplinary field of hybrid Space Technologists. They might see it as a way to gain practical experience as well as a chance to display their skill in front of potential employers.


Worcester Polytechnic Institute

Date Accepted

May 2009

Project Type

Interactive Qualifying Project



Advisor Department

Computer Science

Advisor Department

Mechanical Engineering

Advisor Department

Social Science and Policy Studies