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.  

Nonprofits affordable housing guide

Date: 1/21/20 - 5/15/20
James Russell, Nonprofit Affordable Housing Guide

Racking the Weight: A Nonprofits’ Guide to Lifting a Community’s Affordable Housing Stock
Student Researcher:
 James Russell

Link to Capstone Poster
Link to Executive Summary 

This guide is just a light step into the complexity and diverse range of opportunities that await affordable housing developers. We will explore three equally important ways nonprofits can best impact the number of available low-income “affordable” units. First, nonprofits can take on the challenge of bringing new affordable units into the market. Second, nonprofits can work to convert existing market-rate buildings and repurpose it for affordable housing. The third option is for the nonprofit to become advocates and to institute programs to help at-risk residents keep living in their current home.  The guide will discuss each of these in turn and provide examples of nonprofit organizations and development projects in each category for nonprofits to further research and potentially emulate.

BIRD Past Research Projects

Nonprofits affordable housing guide

Date: 1/21/20 - 5/15/20
James Russell, Nonprofit Affordable Housing Guide

Racking the Weight: A Nonprofits’ Guide to Lifting a Community’s Affordable Housing Stock
Student Researcher:
 James Russell

Link to Capstone Poster
Link to Executive Summary 

This guide is just a light step into the complexity and diverse range of opportunities that await affordable housing developers. We will explore three equally important ways nonprofits can best impact the number of available low-income “affordable” units. First, nonprofits can take on the challenge of bringing new affordable units into the market. Second, nonprofits can work to convert existing market-rate buildings and repurpose it for affordable housing. The third option is for the nonprofit to become advocates and to institute programs to help at-risk residents keep living in their current home.  The guide will discuss each of these in turn and provide examples of nonprofit organizations and development projects in each category for nonprofits to further research and potentially emulate.