Engineering Course Leads Students to Create Cutting Edge Electronics

Professor Andrew Steckl, PhD is turning students into innovators through his course titled Paper Factory.  Students are expected to create a working paper-based electronic device with the tiny budget of $50 in one semester. 

Professor Andrew Steckl, PhD

Professor Andrew Steckl, PhD

Professor Andrew Steckl has been leading the way in paper-based technologies for quite some time.  His work with electrowetting has led to the possibility of commercialized paper-thin tablets and e-readers.  Steckl has also used this technology to benefit the world of biomedical engineering with other paper-based microfluidics which can be used as portable diagnostic tests.

Professor Steckl’s course has proven to be both a challenge and an excited opportunity for students.  The course will be featured in an article in the November issue of The MRS Bulletin which is a magazine of the Materials Research Society with very large world-wide distribution.

In the article Steckl explains the semester long assignment, “Is not an open-ended project—they have to make something work in one semester … it’s more like the way research and development is done in industry.”

The article, written by Steven R. Spurgeon dives deeper into the specific projects the student’s worked on in the Paper Factory, such as the “smart diaper,” a new product which could potentially monitor a baby’s vital signs and detect future sickness. 

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Paper Factory
Paper Factory