Projects at the Design Lab

The Design Lab continually seeks projects that accomplish two goals:

  • To engage engineering students in open-ended, technically challenging, real-world design projects that are important to sponsors and partners.
  • To provide a valuable return on investment in ideas, innovations, and potential employees to our sponsors and partners.

Example Projects

Corning Design Applications
Develop enabling technologies for Corning including low cost, end of fiber reflector to achieve uniform light distribution throughout length: efficiency > 50; develop practical mounting solutions to aid in FibranceTM installation within architectural applications.
Wearable Technology

Study the feasibility of using VELCRO brand conductive hook and loop fasteners in wearable technology

3D Printing of Silicon RPI Keychain

Determine the capability of silicones in the additive manufacturing process to allow for customizable solutions in the medical, aerospace, automotive, electronic, and consumer industries. Expand the market for Momentive silicones.

Antenna Array Figure 1
Wind turbine blades ice in cold climates. GE wants technical evaluation of microwave deicing option. Design test system to deice 1 meter blade section.
Testbed Diagram describing Wind Turbine Blade De-Icing internals

Investigate the use of microwave de‐icing technology to enhance the performance of wind turbine blades operating in cold environments

Arm Motion Diagrams Figure 1
Improve customer ease of life for a specific quadriplegic customer. Increase access to tools by developing custom wrist braces.
Bath Toy Figure 2
Create a water‐recirculating toy that allows children to safely play with running water. Toy is self‐pumping and provides multiple water outlets, unlike competitors.