CMU grad comes short of finish line

Faster than a speeding car, Eric Whitman’s chance to win $50,000 and a job with an engineering design firm came to an abrupt halt.
Mr. Whitman, 27, a Carnegie Mellon University graduate student in robotics, was eliminated a week ago in the penultimate episode of Discovery’s “Big Brain Theory: Pure Genius.”
He and three others had to figure a way to monitor cars going through a checkpoint with the option of safely stopping one. He and teammate Tom Johnson created a device (build) that used netting to trap the car, and its execution was flawless.