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July 5, 2011 > Real world challenges inspire students

Real world challenges inspire students

Article and photo submitted by Jenna Simenic

Propped on one table, a wireless 3-D robotic arm was displayed. One day, it might assist emergency workers in dangerous conditions similar to the nuclear plant meltdown earlier this year in Fukushima in Japan. Another display featured a computer screen with a virtual instrument panel wirelessly controlling a variety of conditions in aquariums, whether in a child's bedroom or mega tourist attraction like the Monterey Bay Aquarium.

These were two of nearly two dozen student projects showcased at DeVry University's Spring Senior Student Technology and Business Innovation Fair held June 16 in Fremont. The projects were a culmination of senior students' studies in degree programs including Biomedical Engineering Technology, Electronic Engineering Technology, Computer Information Systems, Game and Simulation Programming, and Business Administration.

Representatives from local area businesses and organizations were on hand to judge the projects and award winners in multiple categories, including the coveted "Judges Choice" for best overall project in a degree program.

Judges Choice winners included:

Game & Simulation Programming: Team Pants Up Aggression, with Gregory Reese, Ronald Colombo, Devona Poole, Kevin Kasson and Jonathan Denno.

Biomedical Engineering Technology: Lung Capacity, Blood Pressure and Heart Beat Rate Monitoring System, designed by Chris Weinberger, David Gonzalez and Oscar Lizarraga.

Computer Information Systems: Team Prodigy Dezign, with Dominique Rafael, Shannon Jimmy and Brian Santo Domingo.

Electronic Engineering Technology & Computer Engineering Technology: Wireless Aquarium Management System, designed by Juan Mercado, Humberto Lopez and Jose Ambriz.

Business Administration: Team Miss Innovators, with Trista Wheat, Rosa Gonzalez, Marisa Miranda and Carolina Villarreal.

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