"Creating the Next” at Georgia Tech

Georgia Tech is creating the next ‑‑ the next big idea, the next technology, and the next group of innovators and entrepreneurs. Institute researchers share how they’re creating the next diagnostic and medical devices, partnering with the Emory University and the CDC on microneedle technology to administer vaccines worldwide, developing the next generation of robots, working on autonomous vehicles to protect humans from dangerous environments, protecting laptops and smartphones from a new class of cyber attacks, capturing the sun’s heat and storing it in liquid metal, and reducing the time it takes to develop new microbes for producing bio-based fuels and chemicals.

Pushing the Boundaries: Adaptive Design at the University of Oregon

Athletes who play wheelchair rugby usually create their own makeshift gear for the sport, such as duct taping garden gloves to their hands. Product design students at the University of Oregon in Portland were challenged to come up with innovative solutions for the sport during the Adaptive Design studio course. The students worked with the Portland Pounders team and Seth McBride, a UO graduate, who will head to his third Paralympics this summer in Rio to compete with Team USA Wheelchair Rugby.

UC Berkeley students mentor future engineers

From The University of California at Berkeley -

About 300 Bay Area high school students gathered at UC Berkeley’s Lawrence Hall of Science over the weekend to pit the robots they had built against one another. The 2016 PiE Robotics Competition Game was hosted by Pioneers of Engineering (PiE), a Berkeley student mentorship program that promotes STEM (science, technology, engineering, math) education among kids who are underrepresented in the field or are underprivileged.

PiE was established at Berkeley in 2009, and began by serving six partner high schools. The program now involves 25 high schools and almost 100 Berkeley student mentors. Mentors travel as far as Hayward and South San Francisco twice a week to mentor their teams. For the last three years, PiE alumni have administered a scholarship program to help support the participants’ higher education in STEM. Twenty-six professionals in STEM fields also volunteered their time as judges for the robotics competition.

Georgia Tech Graduate: Pranaya Chilukuri

From The Georgia Institute of Technology - Georgia Tech, Atlanta, Georgia, USA

Pranaya Chilukuri fell in love with Georgia Tech as a child coming to science fairs and math competitions. Now she's getting redy to graduate with a degree in biomedical engineering. Along the way, she found a way to give back to the community and reinvigorate a love for Indian dance. "It's been a heckuva ride," she says.

Undergraduate Research at Carnegie-Mellon University

Corrine Vassallo, a Physics and Music Performance major, talks about her contributions to Carnegie Mellon University entry for the Google Lunar X Prize, an optical orbit determination system that will guide the lander to the surface of the moon. Professor Red Whitaker, her faculty research mentor and CEO of CMU spin-off Astrobotics, discusses how it is important for students like Corrine to have concentrated research time in the summer to grow as practitioners in their discipline.

The University of Chicago: Inquiry and Impact

From The University of Chicago -

Imagine yourself studying in a program with a rare combination of a vibrant intellectual climate that attracts the most talented scholars from all backgrounds, an empowering liberal arts education exemplified in our singular Core curriculum, and a campus environment that offers students the guidance and practical experience to succeed in any career they choose. Philanthropy will play a vital role in fueling this combination and preparing the brightest minds to go into the world and enrich human life through their work. UC will ensure that the best students can attend the College regardless of economic circumstances.

Notre Dame - Fighting for Displaced People

From The University of Notre Dame

There are 60 million displaced people in the world and every day an estimated 40,000 people flee their homes in search of safety elsewhere. For many, a temporary stop in a refugee camp becomes a lifetime of dependency and desolation. 

Notre Dame anthropology professor Rahul Oka believes there is a better way to provide aid to these residents. For several years, with colleagues in the Department of Anthropology, iCeNSA and the Ford Family Program he has studied the evolution of trade and commerce, focusing on the formal and informal economies that develop within these camps. Working with the United Nations and the World Bank, his analysis suggests when refugees can be self-reliant may have significantly better long-term outcomes. Much of professor Oka's research is done in Kenya at Kakuma refugee camp, one of the largest in the world.

Majak Anyieth, currently a junior at Notre Dame, grew up at Kakuma. He knows firsthand the difficulties of relying on aid packages that contain barely enough provisions to last a month and how hunger can jeopardize opportunities for education. He's now started a non-profit, Education Bridge, to foster peace and entrepreneurship in youth. They are currently building their first school in South Sudan.