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College of Engineering Unveils 'Jarvis': A Sustainable Solution for Campus Lawn Care Just in Time for Earth Day

Published: April 17, 2024 | Categories: Engineering, All News
The Lawn Bot - Jarvis_ mowing the lawn on campus near bricked path.

As part of its ongoing commitment to innovation and sustainability, Western New England University's College of Engineering is thrilled to announce the launch of "Jarvis" the lawn bot, a groundbreaking initiative in automated lawn care. Spearheaded by Mechanical Engineering student Jason Breton and overseen by Faculty Advisor Dr. Charles Roche, the lawn bot project aims to transform campus landscaping while promoting eco-conscious practices.

Inspired by the school's dedication to sustainability and propelled by a passion for cutting-edge technology, Jason Breton conceived the lawn bot project after being intrigued by a school presentation on modern advancements in lawn care technology. "It was a project presented by the school. I thought it was very cool and wanted to work on it to see the new technology and work on something that could make the school more sustainable," remarked Breton.

Since November of last year, Breton has diligently worked on researching and developing the lawn bot, culminating in a state-of-the-art automated lawn care system capable of autonomously maintaining designated areas of the campus lawn. Powered by electricity and guided by a boundary wire, the lawn bot operates on a pre-set schedule, providing a quieter, more energy-efficient alternative to traditional gas-powered lawnmowers.

Aligning with the university's sustainability goals, the lawn bot project exemplifies Western New England University's commitment to environmental stewardship and technological advancement. With plans for future enhancements, the project underscores the University's proactive approach to fostering a greener campus.

"The lawn bot project is not just about cutting grass; it's about embracing innovation to promote sustainability," stated Roche. "By implementing this automated system, we are not only reducing our carbon footprint but also inspiring future generations of engineers to explore sustainable solutions."