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Featured student projects

Manufacturing and Design Engineering (MaDE) Featured Projects

Browse our projects gallery to see examples of past projects.

Tiny House Project

A 128-square-foot, zero-net-energy mobile house that minimizes impact on the environment and reduces society's excessive resource consumption.

Living is easy at the Northwestern Tiny House.

This 128-square-foot home exemplifies the treatment of space as a resource and utilizes green engineering principles to reduce impact on the environment—all while offering the comforts of home.

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Skallagrim's Forge

A visitor experience for an exhibit that celebrates the cultural importance of Skallagrim's anvil stone.

Preserving the history of the anvil stone.

A visitor experience dedicated to Skallagrim's anvil stone.

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Baseball Sensors

Using audio data from sideline and in-base contact microphones to make better close-play calls

Twenty percent of close-play calls are later deemed incorrect by video replay.

With ever-intensifying demands for umpires to get the calls right on the field, a group of four undergraduates developed a solution to improve the accuracy of calls at first base.

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An expandable electric car that promotes car sharing.

Challenging traditional transportation systems and inefficiency.

An expandable electric car that promotes car sharing by reconfiguring the vehicle into different multipurpose rooms at the push of a button.

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Rest chair


A multi-functional public seating piece that allows one or multiple users to work or relax.

Tired of sitting on the ground outside or leaning on walls around campus?

This human-centered, multi-functional public seating piece improves comfort in public spaces.

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Illuminating Test Strips for HIV Diagnostics

Rapid HIV testing for infants in Africa.

An HIV testing solution that rapidly test infants and those who live in inaccessible testing areas.

Three undergraduate students are working with a center housed within the McCormick School of Engineering to improve rapid HIV testing for infants in Africa.

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