The inaugural Technology Symposium was a smashing success and featured more than 100 freshmen and senior design projects and undergraduate and graduate research projects.

The symposium, whose keynote speaker was Peter Fuhr from Oak Ridge National Laboratory, also attracted participation from the general public, local high school and middle school students, industry representatives, community leaders and advisory board members.

As part of the symposium, students were given awards for outstanding research and entrepreneurship. The winners were:

Undergraduate Research

  • Taylor Dearman, Beau Simmons and Timothy Stewart — “Rubens Tube: Demonstration of Acoustic Standing Waves”

 Graduate Research

  • Hana Karrar — “Girls to Engineers Network (GEN)”

Freshman Design

  • Stephen Burton, Grant Gronemeier, Lexi Johnson and Andrew Mays — “The Accessible Picnic Table for Open Arms Care”
  • Ali Aldrwish, Zuhair Alelq, Grey Drewery, Amanda George and Kenneth Pruett — “The Karate Assistant”

Senior Design

  • Jessica McCaw, Tejashkumar Patel, Joshua Smith and Matthew Totton — “Implementing a Full Automation with Performance Improvement of a Tire Recycling Machine”
  • Austin O’Byrne, Ben Meyer, Alay Patel and Derek Snyder — “Using Smart Phones and Watches to Detect Falls and Get Help for the Elderly”
  • Russ Bazemore, Jason Cobb, Daniel Witt and Brandon Whitley —”Upgrading a Locomotive Telemetry Device (LTD)”

Student Tech Entrepreneurship Award
Sponsored by CO.LAB, a nonprofit startup accelerator.

The award is given tothe research project that best represents the potential for commercialization. The winning team receives acceptance into one of CO.LAB’s programs, access to its CO.LAB network and access to free mentorship through CO.LAB.

  • Mina Sartipi, Jose Stovall, Rebekah Thompson and Daniel Velasquez — “All-in-One Urban Mobility Mapping” (Graduate Research)

Click here to view the 2018 Inaugural Technology Symposium Gallery

Click here to view the 2018 Technology Symposium Program Booklet

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