The mechanical team is in charge of designing and building the mechanical components of the arm. This includes mechanical design, structural analysis, servomechanical design and fabrication. We are currently in the process of building the prototype for Generation Four of the arm. Members range from Sophomore to M.Eng and we are always looking for people interested in applying and learning new skills!

For more information (including member bios), please check out the MechE page.


The task of the ECE/CS team is to design a fully fledged control system with mechanical calibration capabilities. The control system has a new core algorithm controlling the components of the arm and a Camera feedback mechanism integrated into a new GUI. Feedback sensor design is also an integral part of the team, as is the design and control of the delivery vehicle. Lastly, object recognition and development of a 3D simulation program for the robotic arm also in the works.

For more information (including member bios), please check out the ECE/CS page.


The Business team's aim is to support and promote the technical teams. This year, the Business team generated a new brand image and plans to reach out to a variety of industries to develop an ongoing dialogue of collaboration.

For more information (including member bios), please check out the Business page.


Francis C. Moon is a Chaired Professor of Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering at Cornell University, Ithaca, New York. He is an elected member of the US National Academy of Engineers. He is also a Fellow of ASME. Moon is Curator of the Reuleaux Collection of Kinematic Models at Cornell University. His research specialty includes chaotic dynamics, dynamics of machines and structures as well as magneto-mechanical devices. He has lectured recently in "Introduction to Robotics' for seniors and "Applied Dynamics' for graduate students. He was the recipient of a Humboldt Prize award in 1988 and 2001. In 2001 he was a visiting scholar at the Archiv of the Deutsches Museum where he studied the papers of Franz Reuleaux. Moon is a member of the commission on the History of Machines and Mechanisms (HMM) of the International Federation for the Theory af Machines and Mechanisms (IFToMM). He has published over 140 research papers and holds five patents. He was the Director of the School of Mechanical and Aerospace engineering at Cornell University from 1987-1992.

Latest News

CU Snakearm at BOOM 2009

We were well received at the BOOM with people appreciating our Robotic arm as well as our progress towards the ultimate goal of designing an arm capable of performing remote surgery.

Check out the pics of the event here.

CU Snakearm at BioExpo 2009

Our mission of producing an accurate, flexible and low-cost robotic arm able to perform remote surgery works towards solving a big humanitarian crisis by enabling the best medical support to reach the less developed parts of world. Our motto and progress were well appreciated by people from academia and the medical community.