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In the midst of the coronavirus crisis, a team of university students worked with Viasat engineers to create a product that could be life-changing for people living off-the-grid.

The solar-powered Wi-Fi hotspot they designed may be used to help deliver Viasat’s Community Internet, connecting people to the internet in off-the-grid locations.

To date, Viasat has used traditional power sources to set up its Community Internet sites.

A race track with go-karts lined up ready to start racing. The karts are topped by solar panels and have different builds and configurations.

Tech Parks Arizona held the eighth annual Racing the Sun, a high school solar go-kart competition, Saturday, April 27th, 2019, at Tucson’s Musselman Honda Circuit.

University of Arizona College of Engineering students also participated. Tech Parks Arizona teamed up with the UA’s Transportation Research Institute and sponsored a team of seniors and challenged them to create an autonomous self-driving solar-powered go-kart.

The senior design team demonstrated a working prototype of a full autonomous go-kart that runs on solar power.

Two young men in wheelchairs wait in a hallway in the UA's McKale Center arena.

As Hermelinda Bristol learned more about anatomy, she began envisioning a frame with a tight waist belt and rigid supports for the legs. … But while she had the idea, she did not have the expertise to build something that was lightweight, flexible, and strong.

In May of 2016, Jeffrey’s sophomore year at the University of Arizona, she hit on an idea. The university has a highly respected engineering college. Why not enlist them to see if some of their students could help a fellow classmate?

The college referred her to their Engineering Design Program, where teams of graduating seniors spend an entire year working on projects to solve real-world problems. Most projects are sponsored by big companies like Microsoft, Raytheon and Honeywell.

As the school year began in the fall of 2016, her team for the “Lightning Legs” project was assigned.

A woman demonstrates a device in front of a scientific poster with a crowd of judges watching.

Senior biomedical engineering student Allison Edwards shows an exploded view of a wireless body temperature sensor to judges at this year’s University of Arizona Engineering Design Day.

Engineering student teams demonstrated 118 inventions with 616 UA seniors presenting their capstone design projects to industry sponsors, judges and the public.

Six women stand together in a crowded UA laboratory.

A group of engineering students created a device to analyze these colors and chronologically date bruises, specifically those in child abuse cases.

The student team consists of five biomedical engineering students and one mechanical engineering student. The students are from places like Arizona all the way to Tehran, Iran; Chaiyaphum, Thailand; Ciudad Obregón and Sonora, Mexico and Beijing, China.

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Students and professors at the University of Arizona have designed a device to measure the age of bruises. The idea for the technology came from Dr. Dale Woodridge while working on child abuse cases.

Woodridge contacted UA’s engineering department. A group of six engineering students collaborated to design a device and test it a few months later. Woodridge said the device could be used to determine when abuse has occurred. After more testing, he hopes to distribute the portable, non-invasive device to medical facilities.

Screen capture of a video of senior Samantha Davidson working in a laboratory

Bruises can happen anytime, but occasionally it’s from abuse. Researchers at the University of Arizona are working on a device that can help determine when a bruise happened to help authorities.

Samantha Davidson, a senior at the UA, is the team lead for the project. Five other women have been working on the project with her.

The device they are making is just a little bigger than a phone, and that’s the whole point.

All-woman team of senior engineering students creates bruise age measurement device for use in child abuse and domestic violence cases.

“The forensic ability to accurately determine the age of a bruise has long evaded the medical community, which hasn’t been able to answer questions about how old bruises are with any degree of accuracy,” said Dr. Dale Woolridge, director of the Southern Arizona Children’s Advocacy Center and professor of emergency medicine, pediatrics, and chemistry and biochemistry at the University of Arizona.

The project that took the top prize at Engineering Design Day 2017 was a drone designed to pollinate date palms. The College of Engineering has teamed up with the Eller College of Management’s McGuire Center for Entrepreneurship and the Yuma Center of Excellence for Desert Agriculture to help participating students create a startup to market the drone as part of the Go to Market Initiative.

Art imitated life at the University of Arizona’s 15th annual Engineering Design Day. The biggest winner among the projects on display was a drone designed to do what bees do best.

The semiautonomous aerial vehicle, which was featured in a video, even sounded like a swarm of bees flying over Medjool date palm trees at a nursery in Yuma, Arizona. The team of seniors that built it won the Raytheon Award for Best Overall Design.

Design Day is the culmination of the college’s Engineering Design Program, in which teams of five or six students spend an entire academic year taking sponsors’ projects from concept to reality.

This year sponsor Hermelinda Bristol recruited UA students, including biomedical engineering major Jason Keatseangsilp, to build an unpowered exoskeleton for her son Jeffrey, a UA junior in accounting with cerebral palsy.

Engineering affects virtually every aspect of our lives, and at the University of Arizona’s Engineering Design Day on May 1, more than 500 students intend to prove it.

The public is invited to see the displays in the Student Union Memorial Center Grand Ballroom and on the UA Mall from 11 a.m. until 4 p.m., and to attend the awards ceremony in the ballroom from 4 to 5:30 p.m., when industry sponsors will present more than $25,000 in cash prizes to project teams.

Engineering Design Students collaborating on software for sponsor Vijilis

Students at the University of Arizona are teaming up with a former state trooper to develop a service to help people in need and the first responders who care for them during an emergency.

Vijilis is designed to coordinate resources and service providers during an emergency, to clear the scene of a crash or other emergency more quickly, in hopes of reducing the chance of a secondary crash.

Team 16040, a group of five seniors with various engineering specializations, signed on to turn the idea of Vijilis into usable software.

Engineering Design Program project sponsor CardioSpark hopes to ease the grim statistics surrounding sudden cardiac arrest by placing networked automated external defibrillators, or AEDs, in Southern Arizona neighborhoods.

And they’re using UA Engineering students to do so.

CardioSpark has solicited help from several teams of seniors “to help us flesh out the technology that is key to making our network viable and effective,” said Tom Colberg, CardioSpark’s chief executive officer.