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Innovation Catalysts program boosts student innovations

This spring, ten diverse student teams unlocked potential in their design projects with support from a new grant program.

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Student Project Honored in 2018 World Changing Ideas Awards

The Universal Socket Prosthetic, a student project developed in a course held at Jacobs Hall, has been named a student finalist in Fast Company’s 2018 World Changing Ideas Awards.

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Tools of the trade

This spring, a new workshop series at Jacobs Hall has encouraged students to explore wide-ranging design tools and their capabilities.

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05.02.2018 - 05.03.2018

Jacobs Spring Design Showcase 2018

At this lively open house, you can meet student designers, check out innovations in fields from health to mobility, and celebrate the semester over conversation and refreshments.

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Courses: Fall 2018

DES INV 15: Design Methodology

This introductory course aims to expose you to the mindset, skillset and toolset associated with design. It does so through guided applications to framing and solving problems in design, business and engineering. Specifically, you will learn approaches to noticing and observing, framing and reframing, imagining and designing, and experimenting and testing as well as for critique and reflection. You will also have a chance to apply those approaches in various sectors.

Emily Au | 3 units

DES INV 22: Prototyping & Fabrication

This course teaches concepts, skills and methods required to design, prototype, and fabricate physical objects. Each week relevant techniques in 2D and 3D modeling and fabrication are presented, along with basic electronics. Topics include a range of prototyping and fabrication techniques including laser-cutting, 3D modeling and 3D printing, soldering, and basic circuits.

Chris Myers | 3 units

NWMEDIA 190 / 290: Critical Practices

A hands-on, studio design course where students work at the intersection of technological innovation and socially engaged art. Students will integrate a suite of digital fabrication tools with social design methods to create work that engages in cultural critique. Working with innovative technologies and radical, new art practices, this course will explore: hybrid art forms, critical design for community engagement, interventions in public spaces, tactical media and disobedient objects. These new making strategies will reframe our notions of people, places and participation.

Jill Miller | 4 units

CEE 186: Design of Cyber-Physical Systems

This course involves the design and prototype of large-scale technology intensive systems. Possible design projects, incorporating infrastructure systems and areas such as transportation and hydrology, include watershed sensor networks, robot networks for environmental management, mobile Internet monitoring, open societal scale systems, crowdsourced applications, traffic management, and more.

Scott Moura | 3 units