In the Spotlight

Drexel Showcases Innovative Projects by IDSA Members and Other Seniors

May 20 2015 - 2:10pm

From a smart faucet to a more enlightening museum experience, prototypes by IDSA members and other students in Drexel University’s Senior Showcase are envisioning innovative approaches to age-old dilemmas.

IDSA Student Member Connor White teamed up with a mechanical engineering student on the Smart Faucet, which not only would purify and conserve water, but also provide detailed information on water quality, average usage rates and efficient usage suggestions.

“Water is the most valuable resource on the planet, but isn’t treated that way,” White tells Drexel Now. “We wanted to find a way to change people’s perspective on their household water…. Homes shouldn’t be energy consumers but producers.”

The senior projects from Drexel’s Antoinette Westphal College of Media Arts & Design and Pennoni Honors College will be on display June 5 – 6, 2015.

IDSA Student Member Stephanie Kovacs created the "Keepsake" printed guide and mobile app, which makes fine art museums more enticing, tangible and informative for visitors. The product design major with minors in fine art and history believes  art is “inherently connective.”

“But due to barriers in traditional museums—uncurated collections, lack of interaction and interpretation—vibrant stories are often unseen and untold,” she explains. “I’ve always noticed that there seems to be a barrier between viewers and artwork in traditional museums, and I wanted to create a solution that allows visitors to more fully engage with, understand and connect to the art and stories behind the art.”

“Keepsake” includes a physical guide to help visitors find their way through the museum while a digital platform allows visitors to capture their favorite artwork and create personal collections. Kovacs worked with the Philadelphia Museum of Art and the Cooper-Hewitt Smithsonian Design Museum in New York City.

Read more about these and other projects, including:

  • Osmosis, an outer space-themed online tool to help students explore career options.
  • Synesthesia, a wearable system that helps users reflect on their social behaviors and how certain locations can trigger particular emotional responses.
  • A modular, biowall system that removes toxins like formaldehyde and benzene from the air.

Drexel University has an IDSA Student Chapter. The advisor is Verena Paepcke-Hjeltness, IDSA