May 20, 2016 | 3:04 pm

Project team: Maggie George, Lina Jemili, Julia Solano

Course: Bioinspired Design, spring 2016

Pum is a bioinspired relief package airdrop device modeled after mono-wing maple seeds. Like maple seeds, Pum falls slowly and lands gently within a given space, keeping food relief and medical supplies from being damaged or blown into inaccessible areas. Its wing is biodegradable and waterproof, helpful for areas where temporary storage is needed, and its container is reusable.

Pum is intended for use in war-torn regions, refugee camps, and areas stricken by natural disaster. In creating Pum, the team aims to design a faster, easier, and more effective method for delivering help to the people who need it most.

Want to learn more about Pum and its designers? Check out:

Pum project poster

Maggie George’s website

Julia Solano’s website

Topics: Bioinspired design, Safety