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Armour College of Engineering Led Projects Earn Top Honors at Fall 2015 IPRO Day

Three IPRO projects, led by Armour College of Engineering faculty and students earned top honors at the Fall 2015 IPRO Day. During the event, 115 student teams exhibited their semester-long work in Hermann Hall. A distinguished panel consisting of industry professionals, faculty and graduate students judged the projects for quality.

Engineering Dean’s Choice Award

Modulus Solaris: Solar Capturing Retractable Awning was selected for the Armour College of Engineering Dean’s Choice Award. The team created a retractable solar awning that can charge a battery. Students from Civil Engineering, Mechanical Engineering, and Computer Science made up the group. The course is co-instructed by Roberto Cammino, Senior Lecturer of Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering, and Limia Shunia, Adjunct Professor from IIT Institute of Design.

 Solar Capturing Retractable Awning


Chicago and Water: Challenges and Opportunities recieved the College of Science Dean’s Choice Award. For this IPRO, students developed research projects that explore the relationship between the city of Chicago, its waterfront and water. Students analyzed the challenges and opportunities presented by living near bodies of water. The research focused on urban flooding, re-use of wastewater in urban agriculture, and wave-energy generation in the Great Lakes. The team was composed of students from Architecture, Biochemistry, Biomedical Engineering, Chemistry, Chemical Engineering, Civil Engineering, and Electrical Engineering. The course was co-instructed by Edoarda Corradi Dell’Acqua, and Laurence Rohter, Adjunct Professors in the Department of Civil, Architectural and Environmental Engineering. 

 Challenges and Opportunities

Technological Innovation II Award

Tungsten Carbide-Cobalt Nanomaterial Research & Industry Application Studies was named the recipient of the Technological Innovation II Award. The the group developed a new way to fabricate cutting tools with simultaneous improvements in hardness and toughness and evaluated commercialization options for the new method developed. The team is composed of students from Chemical Engineering, Electrical Engineering, Materials Engineering, and Mechanical Engineering. The course was co-instructed by Leon Shaw, Rowe Family Professor of Materials Science and Engineering and Robert Anderson, an Adjunct Professor in the Chemical and Biological Engineering Department. MMAE Senior Research Associate, Satya Emani, served as the lab instructor for the team and helped make the rapid progress of the project possible.

Tungsten Carbide-Cobalt Nanomaterial Research & Industry Application Studies