The New York University Robotic Design Team

The New York University Robotic Design Team is a team of undergraduate and graduate students from NYU's Tandon School of Engineering. Our diverse student members are from all over the United States and the world. We are not only a team of researchers, but a group of activists and educators whose goal is to help promote STEM education amongst our community.

Currently, we are a competing team in the NASA Lunabotics Competition, hosted annually at the Kennedy Space Center in Cape Canaveral, FL.

Our Mission

The mission of the NYU Robotic Design Team is to create innovative robots for the advancement of the field, while having a positive impact on our school and community.


Designing robots is our passion

Our members apply their knowledge to design and build advanced robots, getting hands on experience outside the lecture hall.


Helping others is our duty

We inspire students of all ages to pursue a STEM career through community mentorship. In 2018 - 2019, our team contributed a total of 1,500 hours of community service.


Competition is our drive

We participate in intercollegiate robotics competitions, competing against like minded engineering students from all over the country. Currently, we are competitors in the NASA Robotic Mining Competition

The NASA Lunabotics Competition

Formerly the NASA Robotic Mining Competition Competition

The NASA Lunabotics Competition takes place every year at the Kennedy Space Center in Florida. The goal of this competition is to design robots that are capable of collecting Martian soil and deposit it into a bin. The larger philosophy behind the challenge is to be able to harness resources present on Mars to sustain human travel and possible settlement.

As scientist Carl Sagan once mentioned, space is the final frontier of humankind. In a time not too long ago, the world beyond the sky was unattainable to humans. However the advancements in science have helped us defy gravity and roam around in space. We have reached the moon, sent out satellites to tether the world together, now time has come for us to develop ways to not only explore outer space, but to settle alien worlds. The researchers at NASA have already confirmed that water exists on Mars, hidden away under layers of soil. That's where our robots come in.

In this competition university teams from around the country compete to collect regolith (NASA’s substitute for Martian soil) in the most efficient way possible. Robot weight, power consumption, and levels of autonomous control also contribute to the teams' scores. Other aspects of the competition include community outreach where teams teach children about robotics, programming and fabrication; there are awards for innovative design, team spirit, technical papers, and technical presentations. This competition is a real world challenge for student engineers to prove that they can excel beyond the class room.

The 2020 NASA Lunabotics Competition will be held May 18-22, 2020, at the Astronauts Memorial Foundation, in the Center for Space Education, at Kennedy Space Center, Florida

Angy Lara

Team Captain, Advisement Lead

Elizabeth Mendoza

Outreach Lead

Selina Ding

Project Management Lead

Ethan Marot

Systems Engineering Lead

Carlos Lopez

Electrical Engineering Lead

Nicole Lyons

Mechanical Engineering Lead

Dan Shafman

Software Engineering Lead

Meet Our Team

The NYU Robotic Design Team is a diverse set of students from New York University's Tandon School of Engineering. Our members vary in both experience and cultural background, but we work together great nonetheless.

Our team is divided into seven competencies (departments): Outreach, Project Management, Systems Engineering, Electrical Engineering, Mechanical Engineering, Software Engineering, and Advisement. Each department is led by a student lead. Students work on the components of the robot consitent with their interests and major area.