Students Showcasing Innovative Projects in May 1 ‘Rose Show’

Friday, April 26, 2024
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Student-created projects in nearly every academic department will be featured in this year’s Rose Show, the college’s version of the World’s Fair, on May 1 in the Sports and Recreation Center. The event is free and open to the public.

Innovative projects completed by students to address the needs of companies, organizations, and individual clients are being featured in this year’s Rose Show, the college’s version of the World’s Fair, on Wednesday, May 1, from 1-3 p.m. in the fieldhouse of the Sports and Recreation Center in the north part of campus. The public is invited to attend this free event.

A total of 115 projects by first-year students through seniors in nearly every academic department will be displayed. Judging will determine Best of Show awards.

The Rose Show has once again become an annual event after being a popular campus and community attraction, beginning in 1928 and reaching its peak in 1932 with more than 6,700 people attending.

This year’s projects feature artificial intelligence, generative AI, Cloud computing, robotics, gaming, and software programming.  In addition, students will share projects from a range of disciplines, including mathematics and humanities, social sciences, and the arts.

Some of the projects include:

  • A Physical Therapy Car Simulator Device for Union Health: Mechanical engineering students have developed a new car simulator to supplement the rehabilitation process for patients recovering from a stroke, hip replacement surgery, or similar health conditions that restrict their access to transportation. This new device will replace an outdated, earlier version developed several years earlier by Rose-Hulman students. The project has been supported by a Union Health Foundation grant.
  • NASA Psyche Asteroid Devices: Two mechanical engineering student teams are helping Arizona State University and NASA scientists prepare to explore the Psyche asteroid, currently orbiting the Sun between Mars and Jupiter. One team has designed an automated sealing system for collecting samples from the asteroid, maintaining the integrity of the samples. Another team examined the future manufacturing of tools and equipment of the asteroid’s naturally metallic surface to better comprehend the composition of the asteroid.
  • Hospital At Home: An application has been created by computer science and software engineering students, with the aid of MedM’s SDK technology, to allow patients to take at home and send their vital health measurements automatically through Bluetooth devices to physicians at a hospital or health care facility – therefore reducing medical visits and providing daily monitoring of patient care. This project’s client is Jimmy McKanna of Union Health.
  • Drip Irrigation System For Terre Haute’s reTHink Sustainability Organization: A prototype has been developed for a drip irrigation system that harvests rainwater for plants and helps volunteers at three community gardens
  • Local, National & International Civil Engineering Projects: Civil and environmental engineering teams have designed athletic facility expansions for Terre Haute’s Miss Softball America and Riley Recreation League organizations; developed solutions for the Niagara Falls Water Board and San Francisco Pier 96 Seawall replacement; and studied site development for a project in Ghana.
  • Devices & Services to Help Health Care Patients in Developing Countries: Electrical and computer engineering and mechanical engineering teams created an open-source 3D printable syringe pump for delivering anesthesia and a reusable electrosurgical handpiece – for use by doctors in health care facilities in developing countries.
  • Mathematics research projects have studied the effects of health care spending on economic growth and predicting the next pitch type being thrown during an at-bat in a major league baseball game.

Other projects this year have been completed for such clients as Milwaukee Tool, Rural Health Innovation Collaborative, Naval Surface Warfare Center-Crane, Ind., and Kalogon. Projects were also part of the Battery Workforce Challenge and CubeSat, Grand Prix Engineering, and Human Powered Vehicle competition teams.