All posts by Jenn Pocock

Are You Jelly?

Aerogels are the world’s lightest–that is, least dense–solids. Inspired by a bet two scientists had over jelly in 1931 (yes, as in “peanut butter and…”), aerogels are used as insulation and other capacities in space missions. How well do aerogels work? Find out as the gel defends a chocolate Easter Bunny from a Bunsen burner.

Fed to the Sharks

At South by Southwest this year, the Chronicle of Higher Education held its annual EDU edition of Shark Tank. They evaluated innovative ideas to turn education on its head. Ideas included a research-sharing social media site and a MOOC-like mentorship program. Find out what the Shark had to say and see if any of these ideas hit home–or fall flat. Read more here.

Helping Hand

Disabled workers are only as limited as their workplace accommodations. Leave it to engineering students to find innovative ways to help them help others! NYSID hosted the 2019 CREATE Symposium on April 10, showing off ways that nine different schools helped accommodate workers with varying disabilities, awarding $30,000 total to the top three entrants. Watch videos from the winning entries and see how you can participate in next year’s competition! Find it here.

Broken Cycles

With more traffic and more people opting to bike each year, there is a constant push-pull of drivers vs. cyclists–often to the detriment of the biker. Senior mechanical engineering students Andrew Ferree and Zack Saidman from Embry-Riddle University wanted to make the road safer for both cyclists and drivers. Their cheap, easy way of detecting impending road hazards just won a silver medal at the Society of Automotive Engineers’ (SAE) International Connected Vehicle Challenge. Read about it here.

Speak, Spot!

The Biomedical Engineering Society at the University of Illinois, led by bioengineering senior Jessica Austriaco, recently inspired some chatter with their “Up” inspired talking dog collar. Their invention uses 3-D printed electrodes to read a dogs’ brain signals and translate it into vocal demands for treats and walks. Find out how here.