Tuesday, May 6, 2014

Three Electrical Engineering Teams at San Diego Dragon Boat Festival

Three student teams from the Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering (ECE) at UC San Diego participated in the 10th Annual San Diego Dragon Boat Festival last Saturday, May 3rd, in Tecolote Shores North, Mission Bay Park.  

Electrical engineering professor Charles Tu from the UC San Diego Jacobs School of Engineering sponsored two ECE graduate student teams: Four Seas and Lighting the Way, and the IEEE Student Branch (undergrads) formed a UCSD IEEE team.  The team captains were Supanee Sukrittanon, Joseph Smalley, and Victor Lee, respectively.

A dragon boat seats 20 paddlers, and the Festival provided a drummer and a steer, who were from the UC San Diego Dragon Boat team.  There were 24 community or corporate teams, and the competition was by double elimination generating 46 heats. The race course was 200 meters long, and the race time was about one minute. 

While the graduate student teams both went 0-for-2, the IEEE undergraduates team won one race before succumbing to the double elimination tournament.  Despite the tough competition, as the photos below convey, everyone had a wonderful time, which, of course, is the purpose of the Festival.

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