Among the thick white binders that line a bottom shelf in Colin Drummond’s office is one filled with current events—news articles the biomedical engineering professor uses to pepper his courses with context to draw real life from theory.
There’s The Wall Street Journal feature on how a promising cardiovascular device took an agonizing six years to gain U.S. Food and Drug Administration approval. And a journal story on how Google was diving into the race to design a more efficient battery as part of its expansion into consumer electronics.
For the final class of a BioDesign course, Drummond invites actual investors to give thumbs-up or -down, as students present their new product ideas, creating a sense of what it’s really like to sell themselves and their inventions.
Students are invited to submit a project created this year to the MakeSchools Student Competition for a chance to win a maker kit from competition sponsor Dremel.
Projects can be collaboratively or independently prepared, and each project should include a short video and a description of its development and outcomes.
Projects must be submitted by May 31. Learn more and submit your maker project.
Felipe Gomez del Campo V, a junior double majoring in mechanical and aerospace engineering at Case Western Reserve University, will be among a group of emerging entrepreneurs recognized by President Obama at a White House event on Monday, May 11.
The White House will bring this group together to highlight the importance of investing in women and young entrepreneurs to create innovative solutions to the world’s toughest challenges, including poverty, climate change, extremism, as well as access to education and health care.
Answenergy, first place winner of the sixth annual Saint Gobain Student Design Competition held on April 1, started off the group presentations with a thoughtful question: “Take out your phones. Are you happy with your battery?”
In response, the audience took out their phones, looked at their battery charge, and frowned.
“If you are unhappy with your battery charge, raise your hand,” Bowen Weng, one of the members of the team and Case Western Reserve University student, said. The majority of the audience raised their hands. Weng smiled at the audience’s response and launched into his team’s product: a portable motion energy harvester.
Case Western Reserve University Radiology Professor Mark Griswold knew his world had changed the moment he first used a prototype of Microsoft’s HoloLens headset. Two months later, one of the university’s medical students illustrated exactly why.
“There’s the aortic valve,” Satyam Ghodasara exclaimed as he used Microsoft’s device to examine a holographic heart. “Now I understand.”
Yesterday, Griswold told tens of thousands of people how HoloLens can transform learning across countless subjects, including those as complex as the human body. Speaking to an in-person and online audience at Microsoft’s annual Build conference, he highlighted disciplines as disparate as art history and engineering—but started with a holographic heart. In traditional anatomy, after all, students like Ghodasara cut into cadavers to understand the body’s intricacies.