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24 March 2017

Students in Senior Living Studio Present Award-Winning Projects

Industrial Design students recently presented their Fall 2016 studio work to a professional audience at the By Design conference, hosted by Roanoke architectural office SFCS, a firm that specializes in housing for the elderly. The Senior Living Studio, sponsored by SFCS and Autodesk, was led by industrial design and architecture faculty Nathan King, Brook Kennedy, and Bill Green, with guidance from retired IBM designer and guest instructor Loring Bixler. Students focused on finding new solutions to the challenges of aging.

Several of the students’ projects have already won awards. Austin Ledzian and Mark Meardon’s Polaris responsive lighting system, which helps prevents falls by lighting a path, has received an honorable mention at the International Housewares Association (IHA) Competition in Chicago. Uppo, a walker that promotes upright posture, has been selected as a finalist in the global Stanford Center on Longevity Design Challenge. Uppo team members — Emma Lee, Gerrold Walker, Lane Herring, Genesis Solano, and Charlene Lertlumprasert — will travel to California to compete in the final stage of the Stanford competition.

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