EVENT: University of Rochester Students Showcase Innovative Solutions
Seniors at the University's Hajim School of Engineering and Applied Sciences have been spending much of the school year in problem-solving mode. In many cases, the students have been partnering with local companies and institutions over the past year to solve real-world engineering problems in the fields of medicine, alternative energy, optics, communications, and more.
Their innovations will be on display Thursday, May 2 from 10 a.m.to 1 p.m. in the Munnerlyn Atrium of Robert B. Goergen Hall during the annual Hajim School Design Day.
Their projects include:
VenAer: a device that detects air bubbles in the heart to reduce the risk of life-threatening complications from certain types of surgeries
Extended Communication: an ad hoc system that extends communication signals over challenging environments
Small-Scale Wind Turbine: a portable turbine that provides power via a USB connection
Whey to Ethanol: a fermentation process that produces ethanol from whey, a waste product of the cheese and dairy industry
Two of this year's project teams, UV Swarm and URead Braille, will be among the 30 teams from 18 universities competing in the second annual Cornell Cup USA engineering competition next week at Walt Disney World, FL. UV Swarm's innovation makes use of a robotic system and ultraviolet light to sterilize hospital floors, wrestling mats, and astro turf. URead Braille aims to create a prototype display for a table top device that acts as a screen reader for the blind, converting pdf files to Braille.
A device developed by students last year has already been marketed to help people with certain disabilities. The MonoMano team designed a control system that enables stroke survivors, amputees, and others to control a recumbent tricycle with one hand. The team's design earned them the international Student of da Vinci Award, presented last month by the National Multiple Sclerosis Society's Michigan Chapter.
About the University of Rochester
The University of Rochester (www.rochester.edu) is one of the nation's leading private universities. Located in Rochester, N.Y., the University gives students exceptional opportunities for interdisciplinary study and close collaboration with faculty through its unique cluster-based curriculum. Its College of Arts, Sciences, and Engineering is complemented by the Eastman School of Music, Simon School of Business, Warner School of Education, Laboratory for Laser Energetics, Schools of Medicine and Nursing, and the Memorial Art Gallery.