Students bring ideas to life for Lyle School of Engineering's Innovation Competition
Three student teams turned their ideas into reality during the SMU Lyle School of Engineering's first Innovation Competition, a campus-wide event that brought together faculty, facilities and students from all fields of study to tackle big issues.
After weeks of work in the Caruth Institute for Engineering Education's Innovation Gymnasium, the teams presented their prototypes to a panel of industry and academic judges Friday, June 25.
"Our inaugural Innovation Competition was a great success," says Nathan Huntoon, director of the competition and the Innovation Gymnasium, home to the Lockheed Martin Skunk Works Lab. "Students from across campus, with their unique experiences and perspectives, came up with ideas that can change the world. They worked many long hours together in our lab - with many ups and downs - to bring those ideas to life."
Junior Raven Sanders, who led the winning project, said her team worked hard to overcome real-world obstacles, including finding equipment and writing computer codes for their futuristic sound machine. "When I heard we won, I was ecstatic," says the electrical and audio engineering major. "We enjoyed the opportunity to design something and actually see the working result."
The annual competition was generously funded and supported by Gregg Carr of Carr LLP, Lockheed Martin, Art Harvey '01, Tomima Edmark of Andra Group LP and Lisa Hart Willis. The teams were provided seed money to develop their prototypes and awarded cash prizes.