In a story that is too familiar to too many people, Danya Sherman’s friend was drugged and assaulted while studying abroad in Spain in 2016. The George Washington University junior decided to do something about it, inventing the KnoNap: a napkin capable of detecting “26 out of the 40 most commonly used ‘date rape’ drugs” as part of a women’s entrepreneurship seminar. It looks like a normal napkin and can be used by both men and women. Read more here.
Over the summer, the Global Grand Challenges Summit convened in Washington, DC. Over the course of the summit, the Royal Academy of Engineering hosted a podcast contest. Bethany Gordon, a Ph.D. student from the University of Virginia, voiced the winning podcast. Listen to it here.
A team of seven University of Maryland A. James Clark School of Engineering undergraduates won first place and earned the top prize of $20,000 in this year’s National Institutes of Health (NIH) Design by Biomedical Undergraduate Teams (DEBUT) challenge for their efforts to develop low-cost tools to diagnose Alzheimer’s disease before patients show symptoms. Read the story here.
At this year’s Engineering Week, the University of Central Florida’s College of Engineering and Computer Science (CECS) went all out. More than 20 organizations held college-wide engineering events, including Rube Goldberg competitions and multi-cultural formals. They played host to industry luminary Microsoft, which presented design and building competitions. In the coup de grâce, they attempted to break the world record for the longest high-five chain in conjunction with UCF CECS’ Limbitless Solutions team, which makes 3D printed prostheses for children. All of this was organized by the UCF ASEE Student Chapter.
Water has been in the news a lot lately, from California’s historic megadrought, to this month’s five-year anniversary of the Macondo Deepwater Horizon oil spill. Not all of it is grim, however. Boyan Slat, a 20-year-old Dutch engineering student, has designed a passive filtration system for the ocean’s garbage patches which, he says, can clear hundreds of millions of pounds of plastic from the ocean over the next 10 years while minimally impacting the wildlife population.