The development of any innovation easily becomes a long and arduous process. The advancement of that innovation into a usable product starts another journey entirely. In this case, at Tufts University's Center for Engineering Education and Outreach (CEEO), we developed PaperBots to address a perceived, cost-driven opening in that educational technology marketplace. This innovative product is an inexpensive means to present engineering education and design-based lessons in a classroom, and the development of it provided an effective lesson to the graduate students involved in innovation and entrepreneurship within a very specialized and unique market. We convened a multidisciplinary team and made use of feedback from a wide range of sources to develop a product, business model as well as distribution methods that address the issues discovered upon examining that field and overcoming its difficulties, preparing the product for eventual entry into the market.
Katarina Morowsky is a Human Factors Engineering graduate student at Tufts University in Medford, | MA. Katarina received her undergraduate degree in Mechanical Engineering as well as Design, | Innovation, and Society from Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute in 2010. She has spent time in industry | as a manufacturing engineer at the Jet Propulsion Laboratory in Pasadena, CA and currently holds an | industrial engineering internship at the John A. Volpe National Transportation Systems Center... Read More →
Brian O'Connell received his undergraduate degree in Mechanical Engineering from the University of Massachusetts at Amherst in 2006. He then worked for Kollmorgen Electro/Optical as a mechanical engineer, developing periscopes and optrontic masts. In 2011, he returned to academia in pursuit of a Doctorate in Mechanical Engineering at Tufts University. He aspires to become a professor of mechanical engineering after graduation to help advance the field and develop better engineers in the future.
Friday March 22, 2013 3:30pm - 5:00pm
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