Infant jaundice, a liver condition characterized by yellow skin and eyes and sluggishness, is easily treated in developed countries. In countries that lack resources, however, the condition can be fatal. Students at Texas Engineering World Health, a student organization led by Alina Schroeder, have come up with a low-cost treatment: a blue-light incubator called Bili Lights. Read more here.
As a busy engineering student, you probably don’t have all the time in the world to take on side projects–even though these types of projects can help you better grasp material and help you find your passion in the field (not to mention put you ahead of some other students in internship applications). Click through to find some small side projects you can tinker with in your dorm in your spare time, courtesy of Make: magazine. Even better, see if you can’t improve on some of the designs!
This summer, students and engineers collaborated across the globe to come up with solutions to some pressing problems. Thanks to A/V portals called Shared Studios, undergrads, grad students, and healthcare workers from Johns Hopkins University, American University in Beirut, and Boston University were able to collaborate as if they were in the same room. Over an intense four-day hackathon, they came up with advanced healthcare innovations for war-torn environments. Read more here.
Shane Choi is a mechanical engineering and trumpet performance student at Northwestern University. He combined his passions for music and building things by making interactive lamps from antique brass instruments while on break from school.
“‘It was a massive learning curve,’ Choi admitted.”
Amid worries about large-scale die-offs of honeybees, beekeepers are looking for more ways to monitor hive health. Enterprising engineering students from Illinois State University have found ways to listen in on apiaries without disturbing their inhabitants. Read more here.