The Baton Rouge lakes have existed since the early 1930's, when a tupelo cypress swamp next to LSU's campus was converted into public parkland by the Public Works Administration. Since their creation, human and non-human species have flourished along this beautiful waterfront. But over time, the lakes have gradually continued to accumulate silt and debris below the water's surface.
This spring, the engineering design studio will address this issue by asking the question: In what ways could robots address these environmental issues? To gain a better understanding, students will analyze the lakes from social, urban and environmental angles. Projects in this studio will investigate this pressing environmental issue first-hand through in-depth research, data collection and robotic mechanisms.