WSE students this year have designed, built and tested an astounding array of products that tackle issues from improving the collection cord blood to making aircraft landings safer. Some are capstone projects from senior-level design laboratories; others are graduate-level endeavors that will lead to more extensive research. Still others already have captured their share of investment and prize money and will be spun off to form start-up companies.
Some ideas: underground burrowing robots, noise-free infant incubators, magic markers that test for life-threatening disorders, haptic feedback systems that help practitioners hold yoga poses; high-tech electronic partograms that display health data. One mechanical engineering group, with funding from V-Link, built a tricycle and wagon to transport Emily, a little girl who suffers from a rare ailment. Here is a tour of our students' latest and greatest engineering ideas:
Biomedical Engineering: The Center for Bioengineering Innovation & Design (CBID) has been established to educate the next generation of leaders in medical innovation. This year, CBID launched Global Health Innovation Program in partnership with Jhpiego to bring medical innovation to some of the world's most difficult health care environments.
Mechanical Engineering: The Senior Design Project, a unique two-semester course that requires students to draw upon four years of knowledge and experience, is the capstone of WSE's mechanical engineering program. Sponsors and industrial partners provide teams with a budget, access to world-class resources and technical contacts. Teams conceptualize novel solutions to problems and test real-world prototype products.