Matthew McTaggart, William A. Dart scholar
2013 William A. Dart Memorial Scholar
Penn State University, PA, USA, Electrical and Mechanical Engineering
In his final year of studies Matthew is completing a double major in Electrical and Mechanical Engineering. Putting his studies into practice, Matthew is part of a design project involving unmanned aerial systems, working to implement an autonomous snowmobile to aid scientists from the Department of Geosciences studying ice and climate in Antarctica. The autonomous vehicle will measure ice thickness using a LIDAR system and will significantly reduce the time it takes to measure ice thickness, using a visual recognition system to avoid obstacles. Matthew is also training in the use of network analysers and antennae for vehicle classification using radar.
A keen competitor, Matthew is a Penn State electrical engineering team member and is responsible for ensuring all electrical specifications are met for the Association for Unmanned Vehicle Systems International Student Unmanned Aerial Systems Competition (AUVSI SUAS) in the summer of 2017. This year the team is designing a fixed-wing plane that will be fully autonomous.
Academically, Matthew continues to excel, winning numerous awards at Penn State: the President Sparks Award which is given to students who have earned a 4.0 cumulative GPA in each year of their studies at the university, and the Evan Pugh Scholars Award, which is presented to students in the upper 0.5 per cent of their classes with a cumulative GPA of at least 3.99.
Matthew has spent the last five summers working with Decco and recently was able to put his electrical engineering knowledge to work on the Kimpton Hotel project.
Mathew’s future plans include graduate courses in digital signal and image processing, while exploring new areas of academic focus.
Matthew, we wish you and your team all the best in the upcoming competition!
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