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Penn Extreme Engineers

Elizabeth Beattie: Titan Arm
Bachelor of Science in Engineering, 2013
Ph.D. candidate
Mechanical Engineering and Applied Mechanics

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The Titan Arm is a one arm exoskeleton designed to help users lift heavy objects. The team of four young engineers in the Mechanical Engineering and Applied Mechanics Department designed "TitanArm," an untethered, powered, upper body exoskeleton for use in the fields of rehabilitation and therapeutic application, as well as occupations requiring augmented strength. Though exoskeleton systems exist, past exoskeleton endeavors have led to bulky, expensive, invasive, and tethered solutions. The challenge undertaken by the students was to build an exoskeletal system that is inexpensive, streamlined, and wireless. Read more

Justin Yim: Pivot Board
Bachelor of Science in Engineering, 2015
Mechanical Engineering and Applied Science Department
Electrical and Systems Engineering Department
Master of Science in Robotics, 2015

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The Pivot Board is a skateboard with two wheels that balances like a Segway. Justin Yim and Shafag Idris partnered to build the pivot board as their final project in the Introduction to Embedded Systems course, ESE350.  Built in three and a half weeks out of electric scooters, the pivot board uses feedback control to balance and a wireless glove to steer. Read More

Morgan Snyder: Sweet Bites
Bachelor of Science in Engineering candidate,
Digital Media Design Program
Computer and Information Science Department

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Sweet Bites Gum is a student-founded, social enterprise working to reduce the prevalence of chronic tooth decay. Xylitol, a key ingredient in Sweet Bites, is an all-natural sugar alcohol that is scientifically proven to support remineralization and diminish the development of cavities. Sweet Bites gum has reached children in 12 different countries. The team hopes to use xylitol gum to encourage proper hygiene habits for children, both at home and abroad, who lack dental care. Read More

Shilpa Sarode: Heart-On-A-Chip
Bachelor of Science in Engineering, 2012
Electrical and Systems Engineering Department

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Heart-On-A-Chip: Current methods of standardized pacemaker testing are not closed-loop and therefore cannot account for state-dependent feedback that sometimes occur when the pacemaker is connected to a real heart. In the worst case, these kinds of feedback loops can be fatal to patients. Heart-On-A-Chip is an electrophysiological model of the human heart implemented on hardware (a field programmable gate array integrated circuit) such that a real pacemaker can be plugged in and their conversation monitored under various testing scenarios. Read More


Jungmin Ryoo: xLab Interactive Yoga Mat
Master of Science in Engineering, 2015
Bachelor of Science in Engineering, 2014 Bioengineering Department

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Interactive Yoga Mat: Students in Penn Engineering’s Experience Desgin & Technology Lab (xLAB) are developing interactive fitness equipment that understand the user’s intention, learn and adapt. By developing technologies that close the loop between the physical object and the cloud, they design products that interface seamlessly for users. This interactive personal fitness mat advances an on-screen instructional video once the user is in the right pose. Such a content-coupled product could be useful to people homebound by injury or illness, or who simply want personalized and interactive yoga sessions. Read More

Sally Kong: Rittenhouse Orrery
Bachelor of Science in Engineering candidate, Digital Media Design Program
Master of Science in Engineering candidate, Robotics
Computer and Information Science Department

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The Orrery: David Rittenhouse’s 1771 Orrery is a physical model of the solar system and is known for its sophisticated mechanical design at its time. To demonstrate its functionality freely without the possibility of damaging this antique, the student team designed and developed an interactive virtual reconstruction of the Rittenhouse Orrery. Their goal was to re-introduce the Rittenhouse Orrery to a new audience while preserving the original, and convey its operation to the public. Read More