NTU Electrical Engineering students seek to create a stir at the Albuquerque Mini Maker Faire

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Published August 23, 2015

CROWNPOINT, NEW MEXICO – Students from Navajo Technical University’s Electrical Engineering program will be presenting several of their projects at the Albuquerque Mini Maker Faire this weekend to showcase their innovative talents after a summer of recognition that included a first place finish at the National Maker Faire’s Student Innovation and Entrepreneurship Challenge in Washington D.C.

The Mini Maker Faire will take place August 27 and 28 at the Albuquerque Balloon Museum and will include projects and presentations from tech enthusiasts, crafters, educators, and artists in the fields of technology, engineering, literature, and electronics. The event will also include hands-on demonstrations and family-friendly activities for attendees.

NTU Electrical Engineering major Chris Owens explains the significance of a solar medicine cooler to a judge at the National Maker Faire’s Black Colleges and Universities/Tribal Colleges and Universities Student Innovation and Entrepreneurship Challenge in Washington D.C. The NTU Innovation Challenge Team placed first for the design.

NTU Electrical Engineering major Chris Owens explains the significance of a solar medicine cooler to a judge at the National Maker Faire’s Black Colleges and Universities/Tribal Colleges and Universities Student Innovation and Entrepreneurship Challenge in Washington D.C. The NTU Innovation Challenge Team placed first for the design.

NTU will be featuring five projects at the Mini Maker Faire including:  a solar medicine cooler; a robotic finger prototype for amputees; a low-cost 3D printed laser scanner; a lighter weight aerial drone printed in fiberglass reinforced plastic; and an eye-tracking device that could be used for both medical and military purposes.

While each of NTU’s projects garner recognition, the solar medicine cooler has received the most acclaim for its energy-efficient design and its ability to provide immediate benefit to rural communities lacking reliable electricity. The cooler placed first out of 33 projects at the National Maker Faire’s Black Colleges and Universities/Tribal Colleges and Universities Student Innovation and Entrepreneurship Challenge, and as a result, students Ericka Begody, Chris Owens, Hansen Tapaha, and Kirsch Davis were awarded a trophy and free training in an patent workshop in the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office.

With the Albuquerque Mini Maker Faire a week away NTU Electrical Engineering program director Dr. Peter Romine has been working with his students in refining their projects for presentation. NTU’s Electrical Engineering program will have a booth set up both days at the Albuquerque Mini Maker Faire and will be participating in promoting the event on KASA Fox 2 on Thursday morning at 8:00 am. Entry into the Albuquerque Mini Maker Faire will cost $10 for adults and $5 for kids.

For more information about the Albuquerque Mini Maker Faire visit their website at www.makerfaireabq.com. For more information about the Navajo Technical University’s Bachelor of Science degree in Electrical Engineering contact Dr. Peter Romine at [email protected].

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