Team: Ian Black, Paolo Bocchini, Nicholas D’Angelo, John Fox, Joseph Ingaglio, Clay Naito
Abstract: How can concrete be produced using a 3D printer? Although concrete is arguably the most widely used building material in modern construction, its primary drawback is the requirement of the costly formwork needed to shape and support itself during initial construction. This project will build on initial work begun last summer at Mountaintop. The team will work with 3D printer manufacturer Exone, as well as Buzzi Unicem, USA, a global leader in cement production, who will be providing their expertise as well as specialty products to develop new 3D printing technology and innovate useable printed concrete.
Team: Kyle Berman, Mooi Choo Chuah, Bridget Dever, Emily Gallagher, Tom Parker
Abstract: How can we make students responsible for their own academic motivation? Motivation is a key component of students’ educational success, and has been linked to positive outcomes including curiosity, desire to learn, and academic performance. This project will combine expertise in education and computer engineering to create an app that could be accessed directly by students to assess and monitor their own motivation toward academics. Putting ownership into the hands of students aligns with decades of research on the importance of intrinsic motivation in promoting academic success. This new method of tracking motivation could also assist teachers and administrators to improve outcomes in the classroom.
Team: Haiyan Jia, Klaudia Jazwinska, Sachin Joshi, Jeremy Littau, Grant Ng, Sarah Stanlick
Abstract: How do we make sense of the endless stream of data in our lives, and how can we use this knowledge effectively? Gadgets, trackers, and apps surround us. In addition, the Internet of Things, and the weaving of technology into everyday experience redefines our behaviors and our ability to connect with people and machines. The new knowledge economy demands that we develop the skill set to be a conscientious consumer of data. This project will examine topics around data, journalism, civics, and technology, and seek to develop tools to help address this challenge by improving data literacy, critical reflection, and ethical decision- making.
Team: Eric Baumer, Timothy Berrill, Julianne Koch, Hannah Lambert, Yin Luo, Peter Schaedler, Athicha Srivirote, Rui Sun
Abstract: What do your personal data look like? This project will create DataLight, an interactive new media installation to provide people with an intuitive, visceral understanding of their own personal data. Users' data will be collected and analyzed, and the results will be projected onto a set of WiFi-controlled smart lights. The result will be an innovative artifact bringing together technology and art to create a resource that any organization could use to explore novel ways to visualize and interact with data. It will be displayed at a variety of public venues, on Lehigh’s campus, and elsewhere in the Lehigh Valley and beyond.
Team: Nancy Carlisle, Devon Carter, Madison Hoff, Haiyan Jia, Gordon Moskowitz, Dominic Packer, Jennifer Tomany, Joseph Vitriol, Yichen Xu
Abstract: What is “fake news,” and what happens when we encounter it? This project will focus on the ways that psychological factors interact with technology to affect attention to and persuasion by the news media. Some of the major questions to be considered include: the credibility of news sources; the methods through which the news is received, with a special emphasis on interactive media; and how those factors change the ways we perceive and process the viability of the news that we receive. The team will bring together experts from psychology and journalism, and will utilize a range of research techniques to explore how people receive and are deceived by information from news sources.
Team: Mikayla Cleary-Hammarstedt, Bill Hunter, Kevin Mittal, Delicia Nahman
Abstract: How do you implement sustainability goals globally? First, demonstrate how big ideas can be applied at a local level and later amplifying the impact. Our interdisciplinary student team will tackle the highly complex challenge of developing a tool that enables select NYC-based Missions to the United Nations to align the 17 UN Sustainable Development goals with their facilities and operations. This pilot will work closely with officials from various foreign governments to develop a flexible program that enhances current UN methodologies, raises education and awareness of sustainable development goals and quantifies ‘greening’ impacts. If successful, this pilot will be used at UN Missions around the globe.
Team: Samuel Evers, Lauren Fosbenner, Emma Isaacs, Bryant Lindsay, Nicole McCallum, Khanjan Mehta, Mark Orrs, Tim Predmore, Sanjana Shree
Abstract: Over 80% of Cambodians are engaged in agriculture, chiefly cultivating rice. Rice can only be grown eight months of the year, leaving four months in which farmers are forced to migrate to cities to find employment. Mushroom cultivation is an attractive source of alternative work and supplemental income. Locally-designed and assembled small-scale mushroom production facilities are gradually being adopted in rural communities. This project will continue work which began in the spring 2017 Sustainable Development Solutions (SDEV 201) course where students designed durable, standardized, and water-efficient “mushroom houses” and explored context-appropriate processing and storage methods. The team will travel to Cambodia in July and August to field-test their designs in collaboration with in-country partners.
Team: Ana Alexandrescu, Nicholas Glass-Hardenbergh, Theresa Ridings, Sarah Stanlick
Abstract: How can we take best practices from the institutional health care world into the area of street medicine to serve those most vulnerable among us? “Street Medicine” is a concept that originated in Pittsburgh with Dr. Jim Withers, a physician and founder of “Operation Safety Net.” This grassroots volunteer-based idea has been effective, empowering, and has opened opportunities to utilize his techniques in other areas where vulnerable populations exist. This project will examine information about care delivery, impediments to access, and isolated or vulnerable populations, ideally setting a foundation for a street medicine movement in Bethlehem which could be replicated in low-resource settings around the nation and the world.
Team: Esther Jang, Dmitry Kuliaev, Matthew Lubitz, Henrietta Lukacs, Courtney Mesilas, Peter Nguyen, Karen Beck Pooley, Hoa Ton
Abstract: How can we develop and design simple urban spaces to build community and increase quality of life? This project will build on the “parklet” movement, which began in San Francisco roughly 10 years ago and has appeared in urban neighborhoods in Philadelphia and elsewhere. Parklets, as the name suggests, are parks in miniature, which aim to reduce driving and encourage walking, and can also serve as spots for outdoor dining, enjoying locally-made artwork, exercising, and socializing. They are ideal laboratories for studying the types of things that best enhance the public realm. This project will research, develop, design, and install low- cost parklets throughout Bethlehem’s south side and discover which models work best.
Team: Bill Best, Jen Brukhman, Liliana Comito, Xiaoyu Gu, Deanna Kocher, Caleb Leaser
Abstract: How can product design help those living with mental health issues? This project will address seemingly "invisible" mental struggles and society's response to them through exploring the design of physical objects. The best designed objects aren't just used; they can both raise and answer questions. This project will design objects that prompt the right questions while beginning to provide useful answers. It will explore questions of the relationship between design and psychology, and how this relationship can be leveraged in the field of mental health, and how objects can begin to invoke or change thought processes – ultimately creating objects that may be useful to a variety of different members of society.
Team: Simran Bhuria, Jake Blecher, Tom Collins, Chris Coulon, Allison Kundrik, Sam Nguyen
Abstract: Would you like to jam with someone on the other side of the world? This project will develop an online space where users can collaborate to create loop-based music. Like multiple people editing a Google Doc simultaneously, but in sound! These “Jamrooms” will allow us to explore questions surrounding the process of music creation and its potential benefits in educational settings, as well as the ways that all-access participation in making music could reduce barriers to access to that creative process. The final product may be like a Web radio station, where visitors can listen in on active jams and then jump on and create their own. It’s going to be one big jam in the cloud!
Team: Brielle, Gemberling, Lisa Getzler, Siobhan Gillis, Eric Greenwood, Danielle Gyory, Courtney Henig, George Hervey, Chris Kauzmann, Alexis King, Kianna Lauch, Jimmy Lieu, Evan Mehok, Jessica Osgoodby, Morgan Schurr, Ashleigh Thurston, Andy Weng, ZJ Yang, Jaiyun Zhong
Abstract: LaunchBayC is an opportunity to become immersed in a culture of creativity, innovation and entrepreneurial thinking and doing unlike any other Baker Institute experience. The cohort is divided into three tracks to maximize and customize the students’ experience. The Creativity track is focused on students who want to become innovative problem solvers in an entrepreneurial way but haven’t identified their area of interest. The Innovation track invites students to apply who’ve identified the problem area in which they’d like to create an entrepreneurial solution. Finally, the Entrepreneurship track includes students who are already moving toward launching their startup. The program concludes with a Demo Day to which the public is invited and each student participant will have created a digital portfolio of their work.
Team: Lara Brachman-Goldstein, Mark Crenshaw, Amanda DeGraaf, Jeanne Espourteille, Donna Heiland, Julie Miwa, Amir Parsa, Jonathan Saliby
Abstract: What is the nature of creativity? What neural underpinning enables creative thought? This project will embark on an exploration of the mysteries of creativity, and endeavor to define the genetic requirements which brings this process to life. Beginning with the hypothesis that genes can enable or restrict the brain from access to creative thinking programs, the team will perform cognitive assessments and collect samples from people, to correlate a battery of cognitive traits with specific learning-related genes. In the end, the project will generate a more explicit and measurable definition of creativity from these explorations, and to promote innovative thinking and creativity in everyone.
Team: Jonas Baltrusaitis, Angela Brown, Kenny Honer, Himanshu Jain, Eren Kalfaoglu, Alberto Lamadrid, Carlos Pico
Abstract: What would happen if thousands of tons of waste got repurposed into useful new life? Drywall gypsum is currently generated at an estimated 700,000 tons annually in the eastern United States, but it is either transformed into products of low value, such as soil amendments, or disposed in landfills. This project will explore whether and how gypsum dry walls can be converted into high value fertilizers, artificial bone substitutes or glass-ceramics for tissue engineering.
Team: Maia Butterfield, Debera Johnson (Executive Director, Brooklyn Fashion + Design Accelerator, Pratt Institute), Zoe Rosenberg
Abstract: How can the fabrics in our garments “talk” to us and each other? The Brooklyn Fashion + Design Accelerator (BF+DA) is a vibrant entrepreneurial community that shares core values – humanity, the environment and collaboration. This summer, BF+DA, working with students from Lehigh, will embark on a new initiative, called TEK-TILES, the focus of which is to explore the design and manufacture of textiles and garments that are embedded with materials ranging from sensors to conductive yarns and nanotech fabrics. Imagine a glove that can “talk” to a physical therapist, or a simple undershirt that can keep track of a grandfather with Alzheimer’s via an app, or a shoe that predicts a diabetic lesion ahead of time.