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NATIONAL CITY BANK EMPLOYEE WORKS COMPUTER PROGRAMMING MAGIC TO BRING UNMANNED VEHICLE "TO LIFE"

 CLEVELAND, May 27 /PRNewswire/ -- The members of the Cleveland State University (CSU) student chapter of the Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers have been hard at work designing and building an "UGly RoVer."
 Darryl Palmer, a National City Bank employee who is pursuing a B.S. degree in computer science and a B.A. degree in math and economics at CSU, explains, "The name 'UGly RoVer' stands for unmanned ground robotics vehicle--which is a autonomous robotics vehicle that can navigate a course on its own."
 The CSU students are entering their "UGly RoVer" in a student competition to be held June 16-20 at Oakland University in Detroit. The competition includes the University of North Dakota, the University of Michigan, the University of Tulsa, the University of Cincinnati, the University of Colorado and Oakland University.
 "Constructed around a golf cart frame, the vehicle boasts a broadcast quality video camera for 'eyes' and an ultrasonic range finding systems for 'ears,'" explained Palmer. "To top it off, a 486 central processing unit serves as its 'brain.'"
 A resident of the Glenville neighborhood, Palmer is the computer programmer for the project. A 1989 graduate of John Adams High School, he had participated in numerous activities during his school days including the school-wide program, "Academic Action"; the local television program, "Academic Challenge"; WERE 1300's Whiz Quiz; the Ohio Decathlon in which students competed in 10 subject areas; and placed first in the space sciences category at the Northeast Ohio Science Fair. Additionally, he was selected to participate in the "Look Up to Cleveland" program offered jointly by Leadership Cleveland and the League of Women Voters.
 "We are extremely proud of Darryl," said Allen C. Waddle, senior vice president, corporate public affairs, National City Corporation. "Darryl has been working with us for over two years now as an office systems specialist, and his computer and math skills are phenomenal. The corporate public affairs officers and National City Bank joined in making a contribution to the project."
 The other members of the CSU chapter who are working on the UGly RoVer project are Jim Boston, Ted Campensa, Carol Galica, George Hum (a Cleveland resident), Dennis Megraw, Joe Mendise, Bill Neumann, Jim Norris, Jim Sandy, Scott Tipon, Baligh Uddin, and Mike Wong; all are majoring in electrical engineering.
 CSU is holding an "open house" to showcase the unmanned ground robotics vehicle on Friday, May 28, from 9 a.m - noon at Stillwell Hall, Room 201.
 National City Bank is the lead bank of National City Corporation, a $28 billion diversified financial services company headquartered in Cleveland.
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 /CONTACT: Sharon A. Lamcha of National City Communications, 216-575-2316/
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