Innovation Pipeline

Innovation Pipeline
Design thinking

Students recently used the Albert J. Simone Center for Student Innovation and Entrepreneurship to show off their projects in Sandra Turner’s Design Thinking class in the E. Philip Saunders College of Business.

“Design thinking is a process that aids collaboration among designers, technologists and business professionals,” Turner says. “The process provides a structured creative process for discovering and developing products and services for profit and not-profit applications.”

Among the concepts:

Custodial cart redesign: Custodians at RIT were consulted about the challenges they faced on the job. A redesigned cart would make gloves and cleaning supplies readily available and could also provide a sorting area for trash and recyclables.

E-waste: Students studied battery recycling and environmental contamination. A small desktop bin designed in the shape of a battery would collect used batteries from radios, games, appliances and hearing aids. Some would be recycled and others would be disposed of properly.

Drinking water: Creating drinking water stations around campus while changing behaviors and providing alternatives to sugary drinks.

Single stream recycling: Redesigning recycling bins to make them more user-friendly by using a color-coded system with graphics.

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