University of Rochester

EVENT: University of Rochester Students Present Engineering Solutions During Hajim School Design Day

April 26, 2011

A robot, a new kind of wheelchair, and wireless household controls. Those are just a few of the projects to be featured at the University of Rochester on April 28 during the Hajim School Design Day.

An example undergraduate project

Student teams at the University's Hajim School of Engineering and Applied Sciences have been partnering with local companies and institutions over the past year to solve real-world engineering problems. This Thursday the students will showcase their results from 1-5 p.m. in the Munnerlyn Atrium of Robert B. Goergen Hall. Their projects include:

  • a minimally invasive system for monitoring glucose levels in diabetics
  • a robot that tests the degree of sway in people with balance disorders
  • a wheelchair that allows the user to go from a seated to a standing position
  • a system that detects the source of errors in polishing high-quality lenses
  • a portable bidet for the morbidly obese
  • a wireless controller for household appliances and functions
  • a low-cost computer system that allows people with "locked in" syndrome to communicate through eye movements

In the past, Design Day was only for students in the Department of Biomedical Engineering. This marks the first year the program is open to all students in the Hajim School of Engineering.