Sandra founded some of the ideas for Hyper Innovation, the company she now leads, on the university programs as well as on decades of experience in academic and professional learning environments. She strongly believes in the value of collaboration and experiential learning while delivering real value to accelerate and enhance learning outcomes.
We are working to bring UW-Madison, the Wisconsin AV Proving grounds and industry partners to run real-world experiments with autonomous vehicles in the Hyper Innovations Future of Transportation Lab. The AV Proving Grounds includes part of Observatory Drive which could be one of the first places to begin testing.
Navya came to campus recently to demo one of their vehicles. Read more about some of the things that are happening in Wisconsin that you could be part of and stay tuned for details on how to get involved.
Catherine Finedore (right), a senior in Biomedical Engineering, does a great job presenting her work during an industry workshop on integrating interactive LED technology into dress she designed. She was also featured in this article for receiving a scholarship for her work in biomedical engineering.
We had students and faculty from business, engineering, computer science, and law attend our Corporate Executive Industry Event in November. Sid Ramesh, an industrial engineering junior, presented on the projects and work he is doing in enterprise blockchain. Jignesh Patel, computer science faculty and entrepreneur, presented on his work in AI. See this short video for highlights of Patel’s presentation:
And this is a short video of an overview of the event overall:
Rita Roloff, Comp Sci Junior, tests out the “Glass Walk,” a path of actual broken glass. Like firewalking, this exercise during an industry workshop was designed to empower breakthrough creativity and enhance team bonding.
Two of our interns, biomedical engineering student Catherine Finedore, and computer science student, Rita Roloff, co-developed an experiential program for taking a group of middle school girls from ideation to product development. They also mentored the girls and provided strong role models of successful women in STEM fields.
Besides being fun, one of the participants commented that she had never thought of science as a field of interest for her until she had gone through the 6-week bootcamp.
We had a professional graphic facilitator from a San Francisco, CA-based consulting firm teach students graphic recording skills to capture information and story tell in a more effective and visual way. Mary Finedore, graduate student in neurobiology, and Tayler Nowak, an MBA student, practice the techniques before facilitating an industry session.
Biomedical engineering undergraduate students Connor Sheedy, Kevin Knapp, and Lexi Cheng met with the CEO of Lohman Technologies, makers of AfibAlert, regularly to get feedback while accelerating product development for the medical device startup.
Will Blanchard (center), a Washington University Computer Science student, is pictured with Sandra Bradley, Hyper Innovation Director, and Tom Yen, UW Biomedical Engineering Faculty. Will is the winner of our Summer Mini-Challenge. Will’s idea for a Smart Breaker Box Solution had all of the elements of customer value, competitive differentiation, feasibility, and compelling innovation for advancing home connectivity.
We had a great turnout for the showcase @1403 during ForwardFest with an array of things to talk about from company-sponsored projects to upcoming events for corporations and opportunities and an ambassador program for students.
Our high school girls who participated in the Girls in STEM Innovation Program that we created to inspire passion and interest in innovation presented their final project, a recycled dress made of creative and unexpected materials.