Virginia Commonwealth University

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Current Undergraduate Product Innovation Projects

BioMech:

Quantitative assessment of gait abnormalities is an important part of decision-making for knee surgery and rehabilitations outcome. This project aims to develop valid and reliable wearable sensors that quantify gait parameters important in patients with knee osteoarthritis. 

Student Team

  • Dotty Albro (Arts,Graphic Design)
  • Jawaan Bishop (Business, Supply Chain Management)
  • DongChen Guan (Engineering, Computer Science)
  • Farrah Heremes (Humanities & Sciences, Bioinformatics)
  • Ryan Phillips (Business, Marketing)
  • Rachel Zhou (Arts,Graphic Design)

Faculty Advisor

  • Blaise Williams, Associate Professor, Physical Therapy

Project Manager

  • Michael Smith, Masters of Product Innovation

 

CodeVA:

As more computer science teachers are being trained to the field out of other subject areas, Cuppa/Code seeks to connect teachers with IT professionals for mentoring opportunities.

Student Team

  • Jacob Belvin (Business, Marketing)
  • Shane Brennan (Humanities, Mass Communication)
  • Norine King (Arts, Communication Arts)
  • Annalie Robinson (Arts, Graphic Design)
  • Joel Zeballos (Business, Marketing)

Faculty Advisor

  • Vida Williams, Entrepreneur in Residence, VCU da Vinci Center

Project Manager

  • Christine McDaniel, Masters of Product Innovation

D3O:

NIOSH estimates that over 1.2 million workers in the United States are potentially exposed to hand-arm vibration from hand operated power tools and vibration inducing equipment used in industrial work environments. One half of those workers are expected to face potentially debilitating Hand Arm Vibration Syndrome (HAVS). While there are protective gloves on the market that make claims related to vibration mitigation, very few cite compliance to recognized performance standards. Goal is this project is to take a fresh look at AV issue to summarize the fundamental issues related to effective vibration measurement and articulate in layman’s terms, explore potential for field-ready vibration measurement, make recommendations for improved performance standard.

Student Team

  • Jeffrey Buck (Engineering, Mechanical)
  • Katie M. Dewald (Arts, Graphic Design)
  • Nibal El-Aridi (Business, Information Systems)
  • Bridget Guckin (Humanities, Mass Communication)
  • Sydney Weise (Business, Marketing)

Faculty Advisor

  • Peter Pidcoe, Associate Professor, Physical Therapy

Team Facilitator

  • Natalie Sympson, Masters of Product Innovation

Pfizer

Pfizer Consumer Healthcare:

Identify key insights and needs surrounding a consumer healthcare opportunity. Students will build action insights and technology into prototypes/concepts that can be tested.

Student Team

  • Ryan Betancourt (Business, Marketing)
  • Jenna McNab (Business, Supply Chain Management)
  • Alexander Smith (Business, Marketing)
  • Alexandra Tripp (Arts, Graphic Design)
  • Faith Vasko (Humanities, English)

Faculty Advisor

  • Dr. Mayoor Mohan, Assistant Professor, Marketing

Team Facilitator

  • Natalie Sympson, Masters of Product Innovation

Sports Backers / Active RVA:

Weaving play into the fabric of revitalized streetscapes will make play opportunities easy and available for children and families through healthy, fun recreation and further the visual, positive transformation of urban neighborhoods. Students will design, test and construct jump rope play stations for street corners in downtown Richmond.

Student Team

  • Julia Donahoe (Arts, Graphic Design)
  • Aaron Johnson (Business, Marketing)
  • Gary Portillo (Business, Management & Entrepreneurship)
  • Susanna Seabourne (Arts & Humanities, Communication Arts & English)
  • Owen Thompson (Business, Marketing)

Faculty Advisor

  • Allison Schumacher, Director of Academic Alchemy, VCU da Vinci Center

Team Facilitator

  • Natalie Sympson, Masters of Product Innovation