Training Police through Virtual Reality

Jed Merrill and other students in the Entertainment Arts and Engineering program created B.E.S.T., a virtual-reality simulator that helps police officers de-escalate potentially dangerous situations. The tool could help lower the more than 1,000 citizens killed by police officers per year. Learn more at bestpolicetraining.com. More articles like this in ‘Student Innovation @ the U!’ […]

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Custom Education Plans

Most majors are a one-size-fits-all education plan that gives students a broad knowledge of an industry but lacks the various specific skills required for certain jobs. Tyson Florence, an Innovation Scholar and psychology major at the U, noticed this and created Gradalign, a company that helps students design a customized education plan and matches them […]

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Voice for Minorities

Ashkan Azmak, a master’s student in the International Affairs and Global Enterprise (MIAGE) program leads the design of a “marketplace plan” to improve dignity and connection to the outside world for Za’atari Camp refugees in Jordan, particularly women. “The idea is to engage and empower the minority at refugee camps,” Ashkan said. An entry in […]

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Purifying Blood with Nanoparticles

Caleb Johnson is an undergraduate chemical engineering student, focusing on biology. With professor Agnes Ostafin’s help, he tested the production of nanoparticles that purify blood and is developing a pilot-scale device that will perform this for commercial medical use. Using stable nanoparticles made out of gold, Johnson and Ostafin created chemical combinations that have exteriors […]

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