Honors Theses and Capstones

Date of Award

Spring 2014

Project Type

Senior Honors Thesis

College or School



Electrical and Computer Engineering

Program or Major

Electrical Engineering

Degree Name

Bachelor of Science

First Advisor

Thomas Miller


The goal of this project was to design and build a robotic dog modeled after Goddard from the 2001 television series, The Adventures of Jimmy Neutron Boy Genius. Sheet metal was used for the body of the robot in order to keep the frame lightweight. Goddard travels on two wheels powered by electric motors and two caster wheels. The robot utilizes a Raspberry Pi as its master device and an Arduino Uno in order to control the robot. Essentially, Goddard acts and behaves like an ordinary dog from barking, to moving around, to being a great companion and friend. In addition, Goddard also has access to the extensive knowledge of the Wolfram Alpha database and can be controlled over a wireless internet connection using a keyboard or voice controls. This project was successfully presented and demonstrated at the 2014 University of New Hampshire Undergraduate Research Conference and received an Award of Excellence.