Dr. Edward Grant, associate professor of electrical and computer engineering and director of the Center For Robotics and Intelligent Machines (CRIM) at NC State University, and Dr. John F. Muth, assistant professor of electrical and computer engineering at NC State, along with their students have received a U.S. patent for their pipe-crawling robot. The Modular Observation Crawler And Sensing Instrument (MOCASIn) was developed in 1999. The former electrical and computer engineering students named in the patent are Steve Cottle, Jason Cox, and Brian Dessent.
The pipecrawler was a big hit with the media – one of the biggest stories ever to come out of NC State University in the way of media attention – with calls and email messages pouring into the College of Engineering news office from around the world: BBC Radio 5 Live from London, BBC Horizon, BBC Tomorrow’s World, CNN, NBC News, the Discovery Channel, Sony Entertainment Television, Japanese network television news, Disney’s Discover Award Expo at Epcot, Science & Technology News Network, Motion International Canada, Fox National News, ParisMatch, Engineering Magazine of London, KIJK magazine of The Netherlands, Ça M’intéresse magazine of France, Wired, Popular Science, Sensors, New Scientist, National Geographic online, Science Daily online, and countless others.
Dr. Grant, a Fellow of the Institution of Mechanical Engineers (ImechE) in the United Kingdom, received his B.Sc. with honors in mechanical engineering from Dundee College of Technology in 1969, his M.Eng. in mechanical engineering (fluid power control) from the University of Sheffield in 1972 and his Ph.D. in computer science from the University of Strathclyde, Glasgow, Scotland, in 1999.