Category Archives: Student Entrepreneurs

Swiss Students Inspired by Turtles

The makers of quadrocopters and other fun robots at ETH Zurich, a Swiss engineering, science, and technology university, may be landlubbers, but that does not stop them from designing objects that swim, PopSci reports. The Swiss students are working on a turtle-inspired bot that can swim with efficiency while carrying plenty of cargo. The Naro-Tartaruga may not be as glide-y as a fish or eelbot, but it might be easier to build, and it is better for carrying payloads and robot parts like batteries and controllers.

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Meet Wendy Peng: Materials Engineering Student

A little piece of red tape – and discovering she had diabetes – changed Wendy Peng’s career plans. Here is the University of British Columbia engineering student’s story, written for the blog competition that forms the first assignment in instructor Annette Berndt’s Technical Communication course.

“To be honest, I’ve always wanted to be a business woman since I was in grade seven. I always dreamed that someday in the future I would become one of the most influential women on Wall Street. The reason why I wanted to be a business woman is simple: I wanted to make MONEY. However, things changed dramatically in my 9th grade summer.”

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Engineering Student Proposes a Lunar Supercomputer

NASA has a looming problem with information overload, and an engineering graduate student at the University of Southern California says he has a solution. According to the blog Digital Center Knowledge, “NASA controls its interplanetary satellite missions through the Deep Space Network (DSN), a ring of huge satellite dishes in California, Spain and Australia. But the massive amounts of data traffic being sent to NASA is growing at a rate the current set-up can’t handle.”

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Students’ Anemia-Detection Device Wins $250,000 Grant

A low-cost anemia-detection device developed by undergraduate biomedical engineering students at Johns Hopkins University has won a $250,000 seed grant in the Saving Lives at Birth: A Grand Challenge for Development competition. Called HemoGlobe, the device transforms a basic cell phone into a non-invasive anemia screening and reporting tool, according to a Hopkins press release. Harnessing the cell phone’s computational power, it estimates a woman’s or newborn’s level of hemoglobin to determine anemia. If the patient is moderately or severely anemic, the community health worker can counsel the patient to seek appropriate medical care, simultaneously transmitting the data to a central repository in a “Google Maps” format for better targeting of scarce health systems resources.

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Engineering Students to Haiti’s Rescue

Earthquake-shattered Haiti is a world apart from grassy college campuses in Florida, Colorado, and Pennsylvania. Yet for a growing number of U.S. engineering undergraduates, the country serves as a living classroom where they can apply their knowledge and skills to help real people – half a million of whom still live under tarps or tents – recover from the worst natural disaster in modern times.

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