Industrial Design Student Wins 1st Place in International Lighting Competition

With his “Interwoven Luminance” project, industrial design senior Richard Stone topped more than 650 students and professionals in Luflex’s LG OLED Design Competition.

With his “Interwoven Luminance” project, industrial design senior Richard Stone topped more than 650 students and professionals in Luflex’s LG OLED Design Competition.

Industrial design senior Richard Stone won first place and the $5,000 prize in Luflex’s LG OLED Design Competition, besting more than 650 students and professionals from around the world. Seven renowned designers and art directors selected the winners.

The competition tasked competitors with incorporating organic light-emitting diodes (OLEDs) into their designs. Unlike LEDs, which are a point light source, OLEDs are very thin, flat surfaces that light evenly across the entire surface, explained Lyn Godley, associate professor of industrial design at Jefferson (Philadelphia University + Thomas Jefferson University). They can be rigid or flexible, opaque or clear, offering new applications for lighting design.

With his “Interwoven Luminance” project, senior Richard Stone project topped more than 650 students and professionals in Luflex’s LG OLED Design Competition.

Richard Stone developed the winning project in the University’s new luminaire design course.

Stone’s “Interwoven Luminance” project was inspired by textiles and a simple weave pattern that highlights OLED’s flexibility.

“The woven pattern creates a three-dimensional form that only an OLED could deliver while providing uniform illumination,” he said. “Developing a modular solution through which individual units can attach together allows the flexibility of Interwoven Luminance to be implemented in multiple spaces. This design was an accumulation of everything I have learned in my three and a half years at Jefferson.”

Stone, who’s concentrating in lighting design, developed the project in the University’s new luminaire design course taught by Godley.

“This is a huge win for our student and for what it says about the new curriculum in lighting design at Jefferson,” Godley said.

In addition to the $5,000 prize, Stone will receive travel expenses to attend the International Light + Building conference in Frankfurt, Germany, in March. Here, he will exhibit his design, with manufacturing of the mock-up supported by LG, plus receive a 3 percent royalty upon production.

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University Hemp Initiative Seeking Commercial Applications: Reading Eagle

Jefferson (Philadelphia University + Thomas Jefferson University) is partnering with Lehigh University and the Pennsylvania Hemp Industry Council on ways to make hemp production commercially viable, The Reading Eagle reported Jan. 19.

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OT Students Provide Care and Companionship to Family with Special Needs

Max Apple, Talya Fishman and their daughter Elisheva visited East Falls Campus to thank OT students for their help.

Max Apple, Talya Fishman and their daughter Elisheva visited East Falls Campus to thank OT students for their help.

One local family has forged a special relationship with the M.S. in occupational therapy (OT) program at Jefferson (Philadelphia University + Thomas Jefferson University).

Elisheva “Eli” Apple, a 28-year-old woman living with the effects of cerebral palsy, receives daily assistance from a group of OT students who do everything from helping her with eating, to aiding in home exercises, to facilitating a positive social environment that respects the wants and needs of a young adult.

Apple’s parents, Talya Fishman and Max Apple, came to the East Falls Campus on Jan. 12 to thank the students for all their help over the years with their daughter, who requires around-the-clock attention due to her neurological condition.

“You feel like a family to us,” Fishman told the crowd in the Tuttleman Center.

Max Apple, too, shared how the students have made a huge difference in their lives, offering tips to make her overall care easier and providing companionship.

“You can pay for the duties,” he said, motioning to his daughter, “but you can’t pay for the friendship.”

The special relationship the OT students have with Apple is vital to their education as health professionals, said Wendy Krupnick, director of the M.S. in OT program. “The opportunity for them to work closely with and engage in her lived experience cannot be replicated in the classroom.”

OT student Jenny Buchanan worked with Apple for a year, helping with daily self-care and accompanying her to her volunteer job at Magee Rehabilitation Hospital and to the Y for swimming. Through the experience, Buchanan also practiced essential clinical skills, such as transfers.

“Knowing and working with Eli has been invaluable,” she said. “Because she cannot speak, learning to communicate with her through her communication device has enhanced my ability to use and understand nonverbal communication and to practice therapeutic use of self.”

Elisheva “Eli” Apple receives daily assistance from a group of Jefferson OT students.

Elisheva “Eli” Apple receives daily assistance from a group of Jefferson OT students.

The family first came to know the University well in 2016 when OT student Erin Davidson and industrial design student Jay Koh worked together on a class project to develop a new adjustable table mounting system for Apple’s communication device and iPad. The upgraded mount provides easy access to her devices when Eli is in her wheelchair, and it also can attach to any table surface to give her the option to use it in multiple settings.

Seeing the thoughtful attention the two students provided to their daughter’s needs, Apple’s parents decided they wanted to continue the relationship with the University by hiring OT students as caregivers.

“You combine the compassion with the know-how,” Fishman said. “It’s really inspiring.”

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Jefferson to Host Engineering Career Panel

PanelNext week, Jefferson (Philadelphia University + Thomas Jefferson University) will host an Engineering Career Panel for students to hear from practicing engineers about the day-to-day of the working world, and how to find that first job and advance one’s career goals.

All the panelists are Jefferson alumni and represent a wide range of industries. They include Rachel Keenan ’12, Marine Solutions; Cassie Malloy ’04 and Amanda Schafer ’17, Federal-Mogul; Claire Reardon ’14, Lockheed Martin; Alicia Ruthrauff ’10, Secant Group; and Katie Webb ’11, Penn Fishing.

“This is an excellent opportunity for current students to learn from our graduates and start thinking about their careers” said Chris Pastore, professor of transdisciplinary studies and co-director of the Engineering and Design Institute, who will moderate the event sponsored by the Society of Women Engineers. “It’s also a good way to learn about issues of diversity in the engineering workplace.”

The panel will be Monday, Jan. 22 in the DEC Center Forum, with a reception at 7 p.m. followed by the discussion from 7:30-8:30 p.m.

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Baseball Standout Honored Guest at Philadelphia Sports Writers Association Banquet

Steven Wells was named the CACC Player of the Year  in 2017.

Steven Wells was named the CACC Player of the Year in 2017.

Alumnus Steven Wells ’17 was an honored guest at the 114th annual Philadelphia Sports Writers Association banquet at the Crowne Plaza Cherry Hill on Jan. 15. The baseball standout at Jefferson (Philadelphia University + Thomas Jefferson University) sat at the head table with notable athletes such as the Philadelphia Phillies’ Rhys Hoskins and the Toronto Raptors’ Kyle Lowry.

Wells played in 134 games for the Rams from 2015-17. He totaled 139 hits with 62 extra-base hits, including 29 home runs. He knocked in 99 runs batted in across his three-year career and finished with a .310 career batting average.

Nationally, he was named to the American Baseball Coaches Association DII All-American Third Team. He also garnered the regional honors of the American Baseball Coaches Association DII All-East Region Player of the Year and the National Collegiate Baseball Writers Association DII All-East Region Player of the Year.

At a conference level in 2017, Wells was named the Central Atlantic Collegiate Conference (CACC) Player of the Year and to the All-CACC First Team. He finished first in the conference in total bases (115) and slugging percentage (.706); second in home runs (14) and on-base percentage (.465); third in runs scored (46); fourth in walks (31); fifth in batting average (.350); sixth in RBI (37) and doubles (12); and seventh in hits (57).

He graduated from Jefferson in December with a degree in construction management.

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PA Alumna Earns Certificate of Added Qualifications

Kristi Collins is one of only six PAs in Pennsylvania to have the CAQ in Orthopaedic Surgery.

Kristi Collins is one of only six PAs in Pennsylvania to have the CAQ in Orthopaedic Surgery.

Physician assistant studies alumna Kristi Collins M’13 has earned the specialty credential Certificate of Added Qualifications (CAQ) from the National Commission on Certification of Physician Assistants.

Collins received the CAQ in Orthopaedic Surgery, a distinction earned by meeting licensure, education and experience requirements and then passing a national exam in the specialty. She works at Geisinger Medical Center in Danville, Pa., and is one of only six physician assistants in the state to have the CAQ in Orthopaedic Surgery.

The CAQ is a voluntary credential beyond certification that can be earned by certified physician assistants in seven specialties: cardiovascular and thoracic surgery, emergency medicine, hospital medicine, orthopaedic surgery, nephrology, pediatrics and psychiatry.

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Autism Discussion to Kick Off Jefferson’s 2018 Knowledge Exchange Lecture Series

Jefferson OT faculty members Marie-Christine Potvin and Roseann Schaaf will present “Supporting Full Participation Among Individuals with Autism Spectrum Disorder.”

Jefferson OT faculty members Marie-Christine Potvin and Roseann Schaaf will present “Supporting Full Participation Among Individuals with Autism Spectrum Disorder.”

Jefferson (Philadelphia University + Thomas Jefferson University) will kick off the 2018 Knowledge Exchange Lecture Series on Jan. 19 with a special talk on the autism spectrum disorder.

In “Supporting Full Participation Among Individuals with Autism Spectrum Disorder” presented by Marie-Christine Potvin, associate professor of occupational therapy (OT) on East Falls Campus, and Roseann Schaaf, professor of OT on Center City Campus, attendees will learn how those with autism perceive the world and what people can do to help them function optimally.

The lecture will cover autism’s key characteristics, challenges with nonverbal communication, social interactions and sensory processing, said Potvin, noting the talk also will review current University projects designed to help people with autism reach their personal goals.

“Many people with autism are hypersensitive to sounds, sights and touch and have difficulty integrating two or more senses together in a useful way,” Schaaf explained. “We’re studying the brain differences for sensory processing in autism and how these differences impact everyday life skills, as well as testing how our evidence-based OT intervention promotes long-lasting changes in functional skills.”

Jefferson’s Knowledge Exchange Lecture Series has allowed faculty, and in one case, a student, to showcase their research to the University community, said Raju Parakkal, associate professor of international relations, who organizes the series. In fact, research presented in this forum has gone on to be published in peer-reviewed journals.

“We have learned so much from each other through these lectures, and I expect that to continue on a bigger scale as we have now become a larger, more comprehensive institution,” he said.

“Supporting Full Participation Among Individuals with Autism Spectrum Disorder” will take place Friday, Jan. 19, from 12-1 p.m. at the Specter Center in the Roxboro House on Jefferson’s East Falls Campus. The lecture will be streamed here as well.

Also, the upcoming Eagles Autism Challenge is an opportunity to join the team at Jefferson and long-time partners the Philadelphia Eagles to make a positive difference, helping to generate new funding for autism research and treatment programs. Read more about the May 19 event.

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Masters ID Student Takes First Place in Annual Top Ram Competition

TopRamBy Zach Samalonis

Seven teams of Jefferson students from the East Falls and Center City campuses recently pitched their ideas in the DEC Center Forum to a panel of judges for the annual Top Ram Competition. This year’s winner was Masters Industrial Design student Julia Anthony, whose idea was “SOLU-tion”, a dual chamber auto-injector for people with adrenal insufficiency disorders. The device is designed as a fast and effective way to dispense medication in emergency situations.

After the presentations, a Q&A with the judges followed. Finalists were scored on concept, research, storytelling, business model design/feasibility and innovation.

After finding out she had just won the Matt Glass Award for Entrepreneurship Anthony said, “I’m really excited – I’ve had this idea for a long time.”

The Award comes with several benefits including a $1,000 prize. Julia said she plans to use the funds to prototype more generations of the device. In addition, she also will receive a free consultation with a lawyer to support her idea, as well as meet with Dr. Steven Glass, who sponsors the competition in memory of his son Matthew Glass.

This is the second time an Industrial Design student has won the competition. The first was in 2015 when Renee Kakareka (BsID’16), won for her smart glasses to help the hearing impaired. She was accepted into the Angel Venture Fair the following semester and went on to win the $5,000 JAZ Tank pitch competition. Development of the concept is now in the final prototype stage through her company Olive Devices.

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3D Printed Heart Aids Doctor in Real-World Surgery

The full-size heart model was created in Jefferson ID's Design Technology Lab.

The full-size heart model was created in Jefferson ID’s Design Technology Lab.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

By Zach Samalonis

Jefferson Industrial Design Senior Jackson Gordon recently helped a Thomas Jefferson University Hospital surgeon by 3D printing a model of a patient’s heart. When Dr. Vakhtang Tchantchaleishvili was faced with a difficult and complex surgery, he collaborated with Jefferson ID to create a model of the patient’s heart as a visual aid prior to the procedure.

Gordon used 3D printing and fabricated an exact model of the heart, incorporating several different colors of PETG filament. “The surgery itself took close to six hours and the actual time on the cardiopulmonary bypass machine was close to three hours,” said Dr. Tchantchaleishvili. “I’m glad we printed the pathology in advance,” he said. “Working with the Jefferson Industrial Design team makes me think that we should probably do this every time we have a case with an unusual anatomy coming up.”

Jefferson’s ID program features a Design Technology Lab dedicated to prototyping and experimentation. Students are encouraged to integrate technology into their design processes. The lab has an array of 3D printers that provide a range of resolutions and is also outfitted with Wacom tablets that students use for advanced rendering and other digital work.

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