BIRD Current Research Projects

Overview

The building blocks of prosthetics come in many materials, shapes, and sizes. To create lightweight yet sturdy prosthetics, we explore 3D printing in plastic, carbon fiber, steel, and titanium. In addition, we investigate different methods of actuation such as miniature 3D printed gearboxes for fingers and twisted coil polymers. While some of these parts may look like something out of Star Wars, these are more than just computer-generated images. These prosthetics are real and they work for real people.  

Allowing Mixing Without Forcing

Date: 1/22/18
Allowing Mixing Without Forcing photograph of wood model
Student Researchers: Marianna Caicedo Faculty Advisor: Andre Baros


This student housing project brings students together by meeting their needs during a developmental stage and allowing them to mix without forcing them. Some students tend to isolate themselves, and it is difficult for them to create relationships as well as connect with others. My solution to encourage interaction is having the most significant meeting points between the buildings but also having some smaller nodes along the hallways. The mixing in this project occurs in three different layers or scales, the smallest being the unit following the interior of the building and the largest being the exterior of the building or site. In all scales, the mixing is always encouraged but never forced to allow students to choose to interact or to stay in privacy.

Allowing Mixing Without Forcing









BIRD Past Research Projects

Allowing Mixing Without Forcing

Date: 1/22/18
Allowing Mixing Without Forcing photograph of wood model
Student Researchers: Marianna Caicedo Faculty Advisor: Andre Baros


This student housing project brings students together by meeting their needs during a developmental stage and allowing them to mix without forcing them. Some students tend to isolate themselves, and it is difficult for them to create relationships as well as connect with others. My solution to encourage interaction is having the most significant meeting points between the buildings but also having some smaller nodes along the hallways. The mixing in this project occurs in three different layers or scales, the smallest being the unit following the interior of the building and the largest being the exterior of the building or site. In all scales, the mixing is always encouraged but never forced to allow students to choose to interact or to stay in privacy.

Allowing Mixing Without Forcing