Cleaning up dog waste is a dirty job, so some Citadel engineering students are trying to make a robot do it.

A four-person team, as their senior project, designed and built a high-tech, robotic poop scoop that ultimately may be able to rove backyards picking up dog waste.

All of the team members are undergraduates who took evening engineering classes through The Citadel Graduate College. All four expect to graduate in May. The team spent the entire school year making the robot, which they call the AutoDOG.

Citadel engineering professor John Peeples, who teaches the senior capstone course, said each year "there's always one (project) that has the appeal, that's practical." This year, he said, that project is the AutoDOG.

Read more details in Thursday's Post and Courier.