Students from the University of Utah’s College of Engineering are making an important impact on the world even before they graduate. From designing and developing a pillow for those with Down syndrome to researching how electric public transportation could help the environment, these pioneering students are coming up with fresh ideas for new products and services.

In the new 2021 Student Innovation @ the U, the annual publication by the U’s Lassonde Entrepreneur Institute that highlights student entrepreneurial ventures, several engineering students and their projects are profiled. Click here to read a web version of this year’s report.

Included in the new edition are Aaron Esplin, a sophomore in biomedical engineering, and his brother, a recent biomedical engineering graduate, who are creating a gel memory foam pillow that helps those with Down syndrome to breathe easier at night.

In another story, U School of Computing students Carter Davis, Dallin Childs, Anthony Diep, and Paul Muehleip are developing a web application that helps teams work together online. Their “CRUV,” or, Create, Read, Update, Vote software provides tools for collaboration, for generating incentives for team contributions, creates and updates projects using voting tools, and tracks their progress.

And also profiled are Josh McConnell, a postdoc candidate, and Ph.D. students Hayden Hedworth and Mokbel Karam, all in chemical engineering, as they work on an airflow study of Abravanel Hall for the Utah Symphony. Their work helped symphony organizers come up with the best way for musicians to perform while minimizing the risk of spreading COVID-19. You can also read about their study here.

Those are just a few of the many engineering-related projects described in this year’s report. Click here to see a PDF version of the publication.