Texas State University Innovation Lab
2019 Innovation Lab Teams
Department of Anthropology
Team Mentors: Center for Big Bend Studies + QUEST Archaeological Research Program (SMU)
Team Members: Sean Farrell, Janak Greene, Emily McCuistion, Tori Pagarro
Corporate Sponsors: National Geographic Society + Ancient Southwest Texas Project
3D models of artifacts and replicas of entire sites can be 3D-printed and used as teaching aids. These models can be created using photographs from simple point-and-shoot cameras, providing a tangible and experiential tool for outreach and future research.
Bobcat Clean Air Project
Department of Geography
Team Mentor: Guixing Wei
Team Members: Shadi Maleki, David Mills, Niaz Morshed
Corporate Sponsors: Texas State Environmental Service Committee, AtmoVision
This community outreach project educates Bobcats, Texas State visitors and citizen scientists with a mobile application that provides real-time air quality monitoring.
Eye Movements in Virtual Reality: Biometrics and
Department of Computer Science
Corporate Sponsors: National Science Foundation + Google
+ National Institute of Standards & Technology
Team Members: Henry Griffith, Dmytro Katvychuk, Dillon Lohr
Using virtual reality technology, eye movement-driven biometrics can be used for health assessments to detect abnormalities and some diseases.
McCoy College of Business Administration, College of Fine Arts and Communication, College of Science and Engineering
Team Mentors: Hays County Food Bank + City of San Marcos
Team Members: josh Avery, Cedrik Chavez, Samatha Hollensbe, Stephanie Long, Jose Meza, Stephen Rodriguez, Marissa Servantez, McKenna Strain, Zachary Turov
A prototype software system optimizes a food bank’s time and resources by efficiently collecting data about food distribution to serve more food-insecure households.
Happy + Healthy Toolkit
College of Education, College of Liberal Arts
Team Members: Savannah Guillot, Jesi Leal, Yasing Lerma, Sarah MacNeil
A set of activities listed on cards targets seven wellness areas to focus on the whole person, improving the social and emotional learning in children and adults.
Impact of Intermittent Energy Restriction on Markers of Cardiometabolic Health
College of Education, Department of Health and Human Performance
Team Mentors: Hunter Waldman, Brandon Pigg
Team Member: Liliana Renteria
A set amount of time fasting and a set amount of time eating produce favorable changes in body fat percentage, blood pressure and blood cholesterol levels despite no change in caloric intake.
NASA Drifter 3.1
College of Science and Engineering
Team Mentors: NASA Earth Science and Remote Sensing Unit + Jacobs
Team Members: Kathrine Bilanski, Walter Bilanski, Daniel Ceballos, Blake Daniel, Dillon Lippe, Matthew Partridge, Brandon Robinson, Benjamin West
Students are designing a housing for a water quality sensor that will take and send readings electronically every 15 minutes. The object could be deployed into rivers or water sources to test whether s resource is suitable for human consumption.
Pockets 4 Us
College of Science and Engineering
Materials Science, Engineering and Commercialization Program
McCoy College of Business Administration
Team Mentors: Sabrina Rice, fashion designer, and Erica Rasmussen, website designer
Team Members: Amanda Gregory, Chance Ursprung
Students are creating a better and more functional fit for women’s jeans. They have designed their first prototype pair of jeans.
Graduate College, Sustainability Studies and Communication Studies Programs
Team Mentors: Justis Vargas, Five Stones Brewery; James Wiley, baker; Laura Roy, Growler Express
Team Members: Astrid Echegoyen, DeLorean Wiley
A start-up bakery upcycles brewery and distillery spent grain to produce and sell a bread product at farmers’ markets. Their goal is to sell the baking mix to neighboring food banks and sustainable food centers.
Smart City Concept Garage System
Department of Engineering
Corporate Sponsor: Institute of Electrical
and Electronics Engineering
Team Members: Muhammad Ahmed, Rhylie Hoyt, Wesley Nicol, Case Winter
Installed in a standard garage, this smart system allows for multiple control options for the garage door, access to sensory data, web browsing monitoring access and a pipeline of data warehousing.
SXTXState and Media Innovation Lab
School of Journalism and Mass Communication
Team Mentors: SXSW, Hugh Forrest
In its 12th year, the student project publishes a SXSW Interactive blog, interviews panelists and executes a social media plan to promote the SXSW Interactive Festival.
Understanding the City of Austin through Data Visualization
School of Art and Design
Team Mentors: City of Austin, Austin Design Week
Team Members: Flor Barajas, Nathaniel Haefner, Stephanie Long, Thi Nguyen
Data visualization is used as a tool to tell the story about life in Austin, helping stakeholders to interpret the data and take action in the community they live in.
Virtual Reality Training for Emergency Medical Services of Austin
Department of Computer Science, School of Social Work, School of Art and Design
Corporate Sponsors: City of Austin + U.S. Ignite, Smart Cities
Team Members: Jose Banuelos, James Bellian, Dante Cash, Elijah Gaytan, Chloe Kjosa, Kayla Roebuck, Clayton Samper
The virtual reality simulation trains first responders for triage and to become familiar with specialty vehicles used in large-scale disasters. This realistic and highly interactive, virtual environment could replace expensive live training.
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