Symposium Showcases Student Work, Innovation

In honor of Captain Partridge’s legacy of innovation, and in celebration of our bicentennial Year of Leadership, Norwich University’s Colleges of Professional Schools, Science and Mathematics, and Liberal Arts hosted the Making Innovation Symposium April 27–28.
The symposium was the culminating event of a series of six experiential learning exercises focused on the themes of leadership and innovation in which more than 100 Norwich students took part. Called NU IDEA (Imagine, Design, Execute, Adapt) Innovation Challenges, they engaged teams of students to creatively address real-world problems. The final challenge was facilitated by Jonathan Speed M’14, an entrepreneur and alumnus of NU’s College of Graduate and Continuing Studies.

On the evening of April 27, Speed moderated a Todd Lecture in the form of a panel discussion among three renowned innovators from the fields of creative design, technological design, and design for social good. Throughout the day, these distinguished guests visited classes across the disciplines and also connected with students affiliated with the Center for Global Resilience and Security and the Entrepreneurship Club.

Another component of the Symposium was a showcase of 15 select student-research projects. The “Fulcrum: Challenging Ideas” (also known as Peer to Peer) team won the Fellows and the People’s Choice awards. The “MCS2 Muscular Cardiovascular Skeletal Micro-Gravity Countermeasure Suit” (space exercise suit) team won the Making Innovation Award.

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