Displaying the wide variety of talent of Philadelphia University students, the Innovators’ Expo showcased nearly 160 senior projects May 8-15 in the Gallagher Center.
The expo celebrated the creativity of PhilaU seniors in animation and digital media, architecture, engineering, fashion design, geodesign, graphic design, interior architecture, industrial design, interior design, landscape architecture, sustainable design, textile design and more. It featured almost 30 projects that received the Eileen Martinson ’86 Fund for the Undergraduate Capstone Experience Grant.
“It really gives you a sense of the depth of our programs and the excellence of our students,” said Michael Leonard, David and Lillian Rea Dean’s Chair and academic dean, School of Design and Engineering, Kanbar College of Design, Engineering and Commerce.
Leonard noted this year’s expo highlighted more collaborative work than ever before, as well as a record number of 3D prototypes. For example, industrial design student Jacob Brosius displayed Building Bugs, a set of indoor fort building connectors that promote healthy development of creativity and cognitive problem solving. Industrial design student Marcella Schade also used 3D prototyping to develop a way to streamline the baggage claim experience.
“The current system is riddled with problems and difficult for everyone,” she said. “Over the years, all other areas of the airport have been modernized in some way, but baggage claim has virtually remained the same. So, it was the perfect design opportunity.”
Industrial design student Shane Siever also saw a hole in the market when he developed Psicobag, a waterproof, accessible chalk dispersal system for deep water soloing, which is considered the next evolution of climbing.
“When I looked at deep water solo climbers, I saw no gear specifically designed to meet their needs,” he said. “Chalk is one of the most vital parts of a climber’s tool belt.”
Interior design student Xiying “Cici” Sun designed the Hanging Garden Hostel to give travelers of all ages the comfort of modern lodgings and amenities incorporated with the natural beauty of the outdoors.
“Open, flowing common areas welcome cascades of natural light accentuated by slatted wooden panels and ceiling adornments that mimic the forest canopy and paths,” Sun said.
Other projects at the Innovators’ Expo included a versatile mountain bike easily adjustable for a variety of trails; a high-performance composite rocket; a device-app combo that promotes freedom and safety for children on the autism spectrum; an ultra-light manual wheelchair that allows for easier maneuverability and folding; an app to introduce international audiences to the culture of the Gulf Cooperation Council and Qatar, the 2022 FIFA World Cup host; a private research facility for students to study astronomy; and a park design that strives to build a strong community.
Student winners included:
1st Place, $500 Prize: Soren Sibbesen and Matthew Kleinman–Hera Stove
2nd Place, $200 Prize: Jacob Brosius–Building Bugs
3rd Place, $100 Prize: Shane Siever–Psicobag
Innovation Fan Favorite:
1st Place: Soren Sibbesen and Matthew Kleinman–Hera Stove
2nd Place: Massiel Palma–Sea Hollies
3rd Place: Molly Coleman–Bully Breed Salvation Rescue Co.
Click below to see the Flickr album from the Innovators’ Expo.