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For their capstone design project, several seniors in the Mechanical Engineering Department designed a custom-made robot to inspect the university’s storm drain system for Facilities Management employees. The robot, which they dubbed Thunder Rat, goes where no man dares. Armed with a camera, lights and a water-resistant chassis, the bot explores deep, dark drains underground looking for leaves, debris, and garbage that block water flow.