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Mike Fogle, assistant professor in the Department of Physics, and Ryan Olsen, a student in electrical and computer engineering at Auburn, were recognized with awards at the South’s BEST, or Boosting Engineering, Science and Technology, robotics championship held at Auburn University Dec. 4-6. Fogle received the Jim Westmoreland Memorial Judges Award and Olsen received the South’s BEST Volunteer of the Year Award. BEST Robotics is a national robotics program for middle and high school students. The South’s BEST championship is headquartered at Auburn University, and this year it featured the top 55 teams from Mississippi, Alabama, Georgia, Tennessee and Florida. Now in its 23rd year nationally, 2015 marked the 15th year of the South’s BEST championship. The BEST Robotics program is the only such program in the nation that is available to all schools at no cost. The not-for-profit, all-volunteer program challenges students to design, build and market a robot to use in a six-week-long series of competitions, culminating in the South’s BEST championship, which is hosted by Auburn University’s College of Sciences and Mathematics and the Samuel Ginn College of Engineering. More information on South’s BEST, including a list of 2015 South’s BEST award winning teams, is available online.