Innovation Pipeline

Innovation Pipeline
thumbnail imageDynamic duo strong-arms national competition

In case you missed it, RIT students Sean Petterson and Justin Hillery are making headlines again. Petterson and Hillery, inventors of the Strong Arm Ergonomic Lifting Safety System, placed first overall at the recent Open Minds Competition, part of the National Collegiate Inventors and Innovators Alliance 16th annual conference. The fourth-year students were part of the national showcase of collegiate student innovators, projects and prospective business ventures, held in San Francisco. This is the first time in the 16-year history of the conference that RIT has had a team selected to compete, says Carl Lundgren, professor of manufacturing and mechanical engineering technology and faculty advisor. This team developed the Strong Arm, a form-fitting garment that incorporates a system of load-bearing straps that allows workers to lift heavy objects with significantly less risk of injury. The dynamic duo was featured in a Democrat and Chronicle video: Click here to see the video. To read the full story of their award, go to www.rit.edu/news/release.php?id=49009.




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