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.”
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.
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.
The National Collegiate Inventors and Innovators Alliance (NCIIA) supports technology innovation and entrepreneurship in universities and colleges in order to create experiential learning opportunities for students and successful, socially beneficial businesses. With a membership of nearly 200 colleges and universities from all over the United States, the NCIIA engages more than 5,000 student and faculty innovators and entrepreneurs each year, helping them to bring their concepts to commercialization.
A trio of Stanford graduate students — two mechanical engineers and an MBA candidate — have set up Maykah, a company that creates toys designed to inspire girls to become “artists, engineers, architects, and visionaries.” Alice Brooks, Bettina Chen, and Jennifer Kessler hope it will help bring more women into the tech workforce, where currently females number just 25 percent. The students raised nearly $86,000 on Kickstarter to bring their first toy to market. Roominate, a miniature DIY house that is “stackable, attachable and customizable,” also includes working circuits.