Students solve industry challenges through iProjects

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by Alexander D. Chapin
February 18, 2014
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Students solve industry challenges through iProjects

Through the iProjects program, ASU student teams and their faculty mentors work with industry partners to address real-world challenges.

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Travis Marshall:  We're working with Sandia National Labs on a project that is the Sandia National Labs Robotic Room Mapping System. It's really exciting to think about how a robot sees things.

Essentially, that's what we're doing. We're making a robot that's going to be able to tell people what's inside of a room, and really actually looking through the eyes of the robot in order to make a map of the room. Something like this project where it can potentially save lives by giving information where people can't go is huge and it's exciting.

Sabrina Chalk, water remediation, PetSmart and School of Sustainability, ASU:  The project we're working on right now is a water remediation project for sustainability with PetSmart. The interesting thing is we get to do a cost‑benefit analysis with them, which is to determine if things are feasible, to fix them or implement new things. Also, we get to work with people in the industry. It's pretty cool.

Ryan Crout, smoker pit, Joe's BBQ:  The sponsor is Joe's Barbeque. That's the tentative title we refer to it as well is Joe's Barbeque, because what we're doing is essentially working on a way for them to improve their product or we're improving an oven, I should say, because we've already got the oven. We just need to make it better.

Rakesh Nandyala, optimized product packaging, Dell Anderson and School of Sustainability, ASU:  This project is something that most people won't get to do until they're outside in a company or they're working somewhere. We're getting to do that right in our first semester. This is going to give us such an experience that we're going to be market‑ready as soon as we go out.

Jason Kerestes:  The project I'm working on, we call it the Running Soldier Project. That project is to basically get the average soldier to be able run a four‑minute mile. This project resolved from a DARPA grant, which is the defense grant to produce an exoskeleton, to make soldiers run faster. It's really opened up a lot of opportunity and doors as far as researching human running gait and how people move through our world.

Marshall:  I'm excited to go into research and development. This is what I want to do. I want to find new ways of doing things, new solutions to old problems, old solutions to new problems, figure out how to make systems that help us in our everyday life.

Kerestes:  One of the great concepts of the iProject is that we get to take a lot of the different things we've learned in the class and then apply it in real world scenarios where we're actually building prototypes such as this.

It's really been a unique experience to take a little bit of theory here and a little bit of hard work here, and then combine those to see what a real product you can make.

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