Cornell Engineering World Health Symposium Showcases Intersection of Engineering and Entrepreneurship

Throughout the spring semester, a collective of engineering students came together on project teams aimed to solve issues related to world health via the Cornell Engineering World Health Chapter.  The students’ goal was to identify meaningful issues and create solutions that could solicit concrete impacts.   Throughout the process, students were challenged to take a holistic approach when tackling these multi-dimensional issues. In order to achieve this, teams were comprised of diverse students from different majors including those outside of engineering.  Students exercised research, design thinking, modeling and presenting skills culminating in their summit at the Cornell Engineering World Health Symposium.

Last weekend, students lined the entry way of the atrium in the College of Human Ecology with their prototypes and synopsizes of their findings to present to the community.  The topics students addressed included water cleanliness, access to critical resources, remedying disease, infant health and proactive efforts to combat illness.  One particular project aims to prevent the development of jaundice in infants utilizing phototherapy prototyped to fit a baby’s crib.  Overall, the prototypes created were aimed to be low cost and sustainable so that they have a chance to be implemented in their target community.  Some students involved in the project have had the opportunity to actually test and witness their projects in effect abroad in locations such as India and Peru.

Right now, many of the creations are in the prototyped stages still navigating methods of implementation and connecting with the communities they intend to help.  Some measures to help gain access to funding include hackathons, grant applications and sponsorships.  Now that the projects are complete, translating them into actual practice could yield for further investigation or entire redesigns of the projects.

To learn more about how you could become involved in this entrepreneurial design and research process, click here to visit the Cornell Engineering World Health website.  To support their ongoing innovation, donate here.