Siblings Fernando and Andres Del Cerro from the California Academy of Mathematics and Science were part of a regional team of students that earned first place in the Ten80 Autonomous Vehicle (AV) Challenge at the 48th National Convention of the National Society of Black Engineers (NSBE).
The event required students to integrate electrical, mechanical and computer systems to meet a series of challenges that parallel AV operations on neighborhood streets and highways or in remote areas of land, sea and space.
The winning team, formed with students from the NSBE Jr. of Southern California Chapter, also won second place, Enterprise Overall; second place, Team Promotional Video; second place, Team Presentation; and third place, Design.
The National Convention of NSBE was held on March 24 in Anaheim. Students from across the country participated in activities and projects designed to inspire them to enter a pipeline to technical careers through workshops such as Design, Brand and Sell Your Own Board Game, NSBE Jr. SharkTank Compshop and Aerospace Engineering.
With more than 500 chapters and 16,000 members in the U.S. and abroad, NSBE is one of the largest student-governed organizations based in the United States. NSBE’s mission is “to increase the number of culturally responsible Black Engineers who excel academically, succeed professionally and positively impact the community.”