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Posted at 05:00 AM ET, 05/23/2011

George Mason’s youngest grads

Sohaib Akhter (left), 19, and his twin brother, Muneeb, created a geomobile omnidirectional robotic telepresence (GORT) while getting their degrees at George Mason University. But can it DO “The Robot?” (Shamus Fatzinger)
Of the roughly 7,400 George Mason students who graduated Saturday, Muneeb and Sohaib Akhter had to be among the most interesting, as well as the youngest. They’re 19-year-old twins, they graduated in three years with degrees in electrical engineering, arguably the school’s toughest program, and they invent robots.

And they sound pretty humble, according to this excellent story by Holly Hobbs in the Fairfax County Times: “We’ve spent a lot of time playing video games,” said Muneeb Akhter.

Yeah, sure pal. Muneeb graduated cum laude with a 3.68 GPA, and Sohair, taking 22 hours (!!) this semester, finished magna cum laude with a 3.86 GPA.

Besides acing their classes, the brothers developed GORT, or Geomobile Omnidirectional Robotic Telepresence. The nearly six-foot robot has an online video chat screen for a face, and the Akhters use it to travel the campus without leaving the dorm room.

“It’s nicknamed the ‘party ’bot,’” Muneeb said, adding the robot can serve as a disc jockey for parties because of its built-in stereo system.

I think we’ll be hearing more about these guys.

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Categories:  George Mason University | Tags:  Muneeb Akhter, Sohaib Akhter, GORT, Virginia

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