Graduate students in the new product development course showcased their projects at Aalto University’s Product Design Gala in Finland last month. The annual program brings together transdisciplinary teams from around the world to tackle industry design challenges and develop state-of-the-art solutions.
MS in industrial design students Julia Anthony M’19, Eric Schreiber M’19 and Matthew Howdershell M’19 developed a drone, Sauron’s Eye, to improve worksite efficiency by tracking the location of materials and creating a crane schedule.
Innovation MBA students Stephanie Olive M’18, Nina Gray M’18 and Anastasia Cazmali ’16 M’18 created a new solution for storage at home. Their FoodGuard helps people to better understand how they use and dispose of food by tracking the expiration status.
Both University teams worked with engineering, design and business students from other institutions on their projects, providing a global perspective on solving issues. In addition to Jefferson (Philadelphia University + Thomas Jefferson University), the following schools participated in the program: Aalto University, Munich University of Applied Sciences, Pace University in New York, Polytechnic Institute of Porto in Portugal, Royal Institute of Technology in Stockholm, University of Tartu in Estonia, University of São Paulo, Swinburne University of Technology in Melbourne, Warsaw University of Technology and ISDI Parsons Mumbai.
Les Sztandera, PhD, professor of computer information systems at Jefferson, teaches the new product development course and accompanied the students on the trip to Finland.