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1. Technology

Ventilators for Developing Countries

“Our whole purpose is to help save lives,” said Kindall Palmer, who co-founded Neonatal Rescue in 2016. The organization develops life-saving ventilators and training programs ...

Custom Pillows for Oxygen Therapy

Many people with Down syndrome suffer from a variety of sleeping disorders. Some of these disorders, such as sleep apnea, can disturb the lungs and aggravate — or cause — other health problems. ...

Sensor Arrays for Prosthetics

Nick Witham, a biomedical engineering Ph.D. student at the University of Utah, founded GAIA Technologies with a goal to change lives through better prosthetics. ...

2. Health

Shining a Light for Dentists

University of Utah dental student Clifford Sondrup is using 3D printing to make a new attachment for dental loupe lights. Loupes are used in dentistry for magnification and posture ...

Improving Knee Rehabilitation

Inundated with recovery protocols after her knee surgery, Megan Hanrahan felt a drive to help make the healing process simpler. She is now developing the solution ...

Virtual Reality for Dentists

Virtual reality isn’t just for gamers; it’s also for dentists like Dr. Tim Bitner, who started changing how his colleagues learn as a student at the University of Utah. ...

The Power of Positive Psychology

Accessible mental health services have become more important now more than ever, and fourth-year psychology and social entrepreneurship major Alexander Becraft is determined to do something about it. ...

3. Community

Fighting for Asylum Seekers

Even in the face of overwhelming adversity, there is always potential for change, and University of Utah law student Amitay Flores knows this well. ...

Spreading Positivity Across Campus

According to University of Utah math student John York, the equation to getting noticed on campus is repetition plus a simple message. From that, he created the “You Are Loved” campaign throughout the U’s campus. ...

Partnering with Police

Amidst the civil unrest and protests over incidents of police brutality in the summer of 2020, master of social work students Chandice Commeree, Rhiannon McDaniel, Tek Neopany, and Katrina Neopany came together to create a plan ...

Improved Online Collaboration

When Carter Davis, Dallin Childs, Anthony Diep, and Paul Muehleip were tasked with creating a senior capstone project to complete their computer science major at the U, they decided to create something that would improve teamwork online. ...

4. Software & Apps

Making Telehealth Mainstream

While participating in the inaugural year of the Master of Business Creation program at the University of Utah’s David Eccles School of Business, doxy.me was able to facilitate millions of virtual meetings for healthcare providers ...

Connecting Teachers to Each Other

With his Ivy League master’s degree, people often ask Joél-Léhi Organista, “Why are you getting another master’s?” For Organista, the answer is simple — he doesn’t know how to run a startup. ...

The All-About-Covid-19 App

When the pandemic began to take hold in early 2020, Joy Ji Won Oh, a Master of Information Systems student — along with the rest of the world — was at a loss. ...

Preventing Relapse Through VR

In a technology-driven era, Trevor O’Brien has sought to find ways to connect our virtual and physical spaces. As a psychology and multi-disciplinary design student participating in the Lassonde+X program, he sought to dedicate his studies to a subject close to his heart: addiction recovery. ...

5. Research

Understanding Utah’s Windstorms

A few days before the forecast of Utah’s severe and widespread windstorm on Sept. 8, 2020, Eric McNamee, atmospheric science student and director of Utah Weather Center, had the idea to launch a weather instrument called a radiosonde to study the downsloping wind event. ...

Efficient Ammonia Production

U chemistry students Fangyuan “Daisy” Dong and Helena Haddadin are part of a team working to genetically modify cyanobacteria for more efficient ammonia production, which is an important ingredient in fertilizers. ...

Simplifying Organic Chemistry

For Nico Terreros, a scientific breakthrough began with a conversation. Working together with organic chemistry professor Andrew Roberts, Terreros created an instrument that is based on a common practice in organic chemistry known as thin layer chromatography. ...

Learning from Ancient Glaciers

While working toward his Ph.D. at the University of Utah, Brendon Quirk used evidence of ancient glaciers along the Wasatch Front to aid in understanding future change in the region. ...

6. Design

Inflatable Beds for Infants

After a month spent volunteering at the Moria Refugee Camp in Greece in 2019, Haley Zimmerman, a founder in the Master of Business Creation (MBC) program at the University of Utah’s David Eccles School of Business, knew what she wanted her undergraduate senior thesis to be. ...

Helping Immigrant Entrepreneurs

Taehyun Yoo grew up watching his parents run their own restaurant before entering the Multi-Disciplinary Design program at the University of Utah. Wanting to find ways to help other immigrant entrepreneurs succeed, Yoo felt driven ...

Better Cargo Management

Sawtooth started after DJ Potter went on a camping trip to the Sawtooth Mountains. During a rain storm, all of his gear got soaked and muddy because he didn’t have a cover on his truck bed. When he returned home, he searched for a solution, couldn’t find one ...

7. Fashion & Beauty

Culture-Inspired Skincare Products

What does resin from a tree native to Southeast Asia and luxury skincare have in common? Answer: Yasmin Khan and the University of Utah David Eccles School of Business. ...

Perfect Fit for Local Designers

Computer science graduates Prince Mugisha, Ashton Bower, and Ryan Furukawa have a good eye for market trends — and fashion. ...

A Vintage Motorsport Lifestyle

Stephanie Burnham, co-founder of B3 Supply Co, is curating a vintage motorsport lifestyle through clothing and apparel. B3 Supply Co does this through its clothing brand on its online store. ...

8. History

Virtual Oral Histories

In this uncertain time, it is more important than ever that we make sure the voices of those who aren’t always seen are heard. Jami Harvey, a psychology major at the University of Utah, found innovative ways to make sure that these stories were preserved ...

Finding Parallels From the Past

When COVID-19 hit, many thought it was nothing worse than a seasonal flu. But for many communities, this virus has been similar or worse than the Spanish Flu of 1918. ...

9. Sustainability

Advancing Electric Bus Systems

Did you know 37% of U.S. carbon dioxide emissions in 2017 were due to transportation? Electrical and computer engineering Ph.D. students Avishan Bagherinezhad and Alejandro Palomino are researching ways to reduce pollution ...

10. Arts

Increasing Inclusion in Theater

Performance, advocacy, inclusion. A junior at the U, theater student Ashley Goodwin is taking steps to make these more prominent aspects of the theater world and beyond. ...

Keeping the Symphony Open

At the start of the pandemic, the Utah Symphony | Utah Opera was gearing up for their performance season. As rising coronavirus case counts threatened to close their doors, they needed expertise ...

Indigenous Modern Dance

Talia Dixon’s major in modern dance and minor in American Indian studies came together to inspire her University of Utah honors thesis on indigenous representations in dance studies ...

11 . Entertainment

Board Games Meet Digital Games

Does your family only play board games, but you prefer to play video games? Interwoven has solved the ultimate family night battle through integrating board games and video games into one game ...

Making Experiences Through Music

Austin Birch is shaping the way events look, feel, and sound like through music with Argus Entertainment. His mission is to provide DJing and concerts to create an experience through music ...

Resource Directory

Resource Directory

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