Improving Accessibility

The Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) was enacted in 1990 to protect those who are not ablebodied from various forms of discrimination. Some 27 years have passed since the ADA civil rights legislation was signed into law, yet there continue to be frequent building, pathway and parking violations that prevent equality for individuals who are […]

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Tracking Air Quality

Kyle Tingey, a computer engineer passionate about innovation, has been instrumental in the design, development and integration of a “hyperlocal” air-quality monitoring solution for the Air Quality & U project (aqandu.org). As entrepreneurial lead selected by the U’s Technology and Venture Commercialization program, which helps commercialize new technologies developed at the U, Tingey’s Lean Canvas […]

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Monitoring Algal Blooms

A graduate student trio from three disciplines is collaborating to develop a high-resolution, low-cost spectral imaging drone to measure urban impact on water resources. “Urban influences play a huge role in water quality,” said Carly Hansen, a civil engineer about to deliver her dissertation on Utah’s water quality. Hansen met Casey Duncan (a geology student) […]

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Smart Shoes

For people suffering from Parkinson’s disease, walking can be increasingly difficult as the disease progresses. More than one million Americans live with Parkinson’s disease and suffer a significantly higher risk of falling than other populations. Roboticist and physical therapists at the University of Utah, however, have teamed up to develop a gait therapy using the […]

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Simulations of the Heart

As his senior research project, bioengineering student Stuart Loertscher is fixing problems of the heart with Lucas Timmins, the principal investigator at the Cardiovascular Pathomechanics Laboratory, a multidisciplinary group of researchers studying the role of biomechanics in cardiovascular disease. Using FEBio, a finite-element modeling software developed by the University of Utah’s Scientific Computing and Imaging […]

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Exponentially Positive

Watching positive videos helped fourth-year dental student Alex Piedra stay motivated for exams, which gave him an idea. Frustrated with a lack of cutting-edge technology in mental health, he asked himself, “Why isn’t there an app that only gives positive feedback?” With support from faculty at the School of Dentistry, Piedra helped create MoodPal, a […]

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