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EDUCATION

 

MASTER OF FINE ARTS / INDUSTRIAL DESIGN

University of Notre Dame, Notre Dame IN  |  2002-2005

Thesis: Natural Dishwashers – An exploration on implementing Emotional Design to home appliances. Sponsored by Whirlpool Corporation.

 

BACHELOR OF INDUSTRIAL DESIGN

Universidad Rafael Landivar, Guatemala  |  1994-2001

Thesis: Un Bajo Ergonómico: desarrollo de un bajo eléctrico que se acomoda eficázmente al cuerpo humano (An Ergonomic Bass: development of an electric bass guitar that efficiently fits the human body).

 

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ACADEMIC APPOINTMENTS

 

ASSOCIATE PROFESSOR

College of Imaging Arts and Sciences, Rochester Institute of Technology  |  2015-present

 

PAUL & FRANCENA MILLER PROFESSOR FOR INTERNATIONAL EDUCATION

College of Imaging Arts and Sciences, Rochester Institute of Technology, NY  |  2014-present

 

VISITING PROFESSOR

Centro Roberto Gaza Sada de Arte, Aquitectura y Diseño.

Universidad de Monterrey, México  |  2014-present

 

ASSISTANT PROFESSOR

School of Design, Rochester Institute of Technology, Rochester NY  |  2009-present

 

GRADUATE PROGRAM FACULTY

Golisano Institute of Sustainability, Rochester Institute of Technology, Rochester NY | 2011-present

 

VISITING ASSISTANT PROFESSOR

University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, IL  |  2008-2009

 

ADJUNCT PROFESSOR

Universidad Rafael Landivar, Guatemala City  |  2001-2002, 2006-2008

 

GRADUATE INSTRUCTOR

University of Notre Dame, Notre Dame IN  |  2002-2005

 

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PROFESSIONAL EXPERIENCE

 

CONTENT CONTRIBUTOR

Autodesk, San Rafael CA  |  2015-present

 

INDUSTRIAL DESIGNER

General Electric, Louisville KY  |  2005-2008

 

DESIGN ADVISOR

Instituto de Investigación en Diseño, Guatemala City  |  2007

 

ILLUSTRATOR OF PATENT DRAWINGS

Patrick Sweeney, MD, Olympia Fields IL  |  2003-2006

 

DESIGN INTERN

Whirlpool Corporation, Benton Harbor MI  |  2004

 

STORE DESIGNER

Chamaco, Guatemala City  |  1998-2002

  

FURNITURE DESIGNER

Metaphora’s Café Guatemala City  |  2000

  

STORE DESIGNER

Tabacos Exclusivos, Guatemala City  |  1999

 

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AWARDS AND SCHOLARSHIPS

 

FEATURED SCHOLAR

Rochester Institute of Technology  |  2015

 

FUSION 360 EDUCATION AWARD

Autodesk, San Rafael CA | 2013

 

U.S. CONGRESSIONAL RECOGNITION

Tom Reed, House of Representatives | 2011

 

TEACHERS RANKED AS EXCELLENT

University of Illinois Urbana Champaign  |  2009

Included in the list for Spring semester 2009.

 

GRADUATE SCHOLARSHIP

University of Notre Dame, Notre Dame IN  |  2004-2005           

Awarded a full scholarship and stipend for Graduate studies.

 

FULBRIGHT SCHOLARSHIP

William F. Fulbright Foundation, US Department of State  |  2002-2004           

Awarded a full scholarship and stipend for Graduate studies and academic research.

 

PROFESSOR OF THE YEAR

Universidad Rafael Landivar, Guatemala City  |  2001

Recipient of this annual award given by the College of Architecture and Design.

 

THESIS OF THE YEAR

Universidad Rafael Landivar, Guatemala City  |  2001

Award given to the project “An Ergonomic Bass: Development of a bass guitar that efficiently fits the human body.”

 

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PROFESSIONAL MEMBERSHIPS

 

Autodesk Expert Elite | 2013-present

 

Industrial Designers Society of America | 2012-present

 

Colegio de Arquitectos y Diseñadores de Guatemala | 2006-2009

 

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GRANTS AND FUNDING

 

SUSTAINABILITY DESIGN WITH FUSION 360

Autodesk – PI: $25,000. Sponsored research project  |  2015

 

SUSTAINABLE PACKAGING DESIGN

Wegmans – Co-PI: $10,000. Sponsored student project  |  2015

 

HOME APPLIANCES FOR SUSTAINABLE LIVING

General Electric – PI: $20,000. Sponsored student project  |  2014

 

FACULTY EVALUATION AND DEVELOPMENT GRANT

Rochester Institute of Technology – $2,500  |  2014

 

SUSTAINABLE PACKAGING DESIGN

Unilever – Co-PI: $10,000. Sponsored student project  |  2014

 

HYBRID IDEATION AND FABRICATION

Autodesk – PI: $20,000. Sponsored student project. | 2013-2014         

 

OFFICE OF THE FUTURE

Staples Eco-Lab – Co-PI: $35,000. Research grant and sponsored student project. | 2013

 

FACULTY EVALUATION AND DEVELOPMENT GRANT

Rochester Institute of Technology – $2,200. | 2013

 

SUSTAINABLE PACKAGING DESIGN

Sun Products – PI: $11,300. Sponsored student project. | 2012

 

TECHNOLOGY AND ENVIRONMENT AWARD PROGRAM

AT&T – Co-PI: $25,000. Research grant and sponsored student project. | 2011

 

FACULTY EVALUATION AND DEVELOPMENT GRANT

Rochester Institute of Technology – $1,700. | 2010

 

FACULTY EVALUATION AND DEVELOPMENT GRANT

Rochester Institute of Technology – $2,000. | 2009

 

FACULTY TRAVEL GRANT

University of Illinois – $1,500. | 2009

 

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PUBLICATIONS

 

HYBRID IDEATION AND FABRICATION

Industrial Designers Society of America International Conference  |  2015

Education symposium conference proceedings. Alex Lobos & Stan Rickel. Peer reviewed.

http://www.idsa.org/hybrid-ideation-and-fabrication

 

DISENO SOSTENIBLE EN TEORIA Y PRACTICA (Sustainable Design in Theory and Practice)

Signa Magazine (Print) ISSN 2304-8794  |  2015

Volume 5, pp. 91-94. Alex Lobos. Peer reviewed.

Editorial Cara Parens. Guatemala, Guatemala.

http://www.url.edu.gt/PortalURL/Archivos/01/Archivos/revista_signa2015.pdf?sm=c46

 

TIMELESSNESS IN SUSTAINABLE PRODUCT DESIGN

9th International Conference on Design and Emotion  |  2014

Universidad de Los Andes. Bogotá, Colombia.

Conference proceedings. Alex Lobos. Peer reviewed.

 

BENEFITS OF VIDEO PRESENTATIONS IN PRODUCT DESIGN

International Journal of Technology and Inclusive Education  |  2014

Vol. 2, No. 3, pp. 208-213. Alex Lobos. Peer reviewed.

http://www.infonomics-society.org/IJTIE/Benefits%20of%20Video%20Presentations%20in%20Product%20Design%20.pdf

 

MODEL FOR INTERDISCIPLINARY COLLABORATION IN PACKAGING DESIGN

The International Journal of Designed Objects. Vol. 7, No. 1, pp. 1-16, 2013.

Lorrie Frear, Alex Lobos & Sandra Turner. Peer reviewed.

http://ijgo.cgpublisher.com/product/pub.237/prod.33

 

CARBON NEUTRALITY IN DESIGN EDUCATION

Industrial Designers Society of America International Conference – Education symposium conference proceedings, 2013.
Alex Lobos, Cong Yao & Jongsoo Gang. Peer reviewed.

http://www.idsa.org/carbon-neutrality-design-education

 

USING VIDEOS FOR FINAL PRESENTATIONS IN PRODUCT DESIGN

Canada International Conference of Education – conference proceedings, 2013.

Alex Lobos. Peer reviewed.

 

INTEGRATING EMOTIONAL ATTACHMENT AND SUSTAINABILITY IN ELECTRONIC PRODUCT DESIGN

Challenges Journal – Special Issue: Electronic Waste – Impact, Policy and Green Design. Vol. 4, No. 1, pp. 19-33, 2013.

Alex Lobos & Callie Babbitt. Peer reviewed.

http://www.mdpi.com/2078-1547/4/1/19

 

CLASS BLOG: a case study on using collaborative online tools to enhance learning outcomes in inter-disciplinary courses

Tenth Annual Conference on Teaching and Learning – conference proceedings, 2011.

Alex Lobos, Sandra Turner. Peer reviewed.

 

MEANING OF DESIGN AWARDS AND THEIR INFLUENCE IN DESIGN BUSINESS AND EDUCATION

International Journal on Design Principles and Practices. Vol. 4, No. 3, pp.165-178, 2010.

Alex Lobos & Deana McDonagh. Peer reviewed.

http://ijg.cgpublisher.com/product/pub.154/prod.419

 

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PRESENTATIONS

 

SPEAKER

Autodesk University – Annual Conference. Las Vegas NV  |  2015

Title: Bridging between digital and analog models in Fusion 360. Peer reviewed.

http://au.autodesk.com/au-online/classes-on-demand/class-catalog/2015/fusion-360/cp9883#chapter=0

 

INVITED SPEAKER

Jornadas del Diseño Annual Conference. Universidad Rafael Landivar, Guatemala  |  2014

Title: Diseño Sostenible en Teoría y Práctica (Sustainable Design in Theory and Practice).

 

INVITED KEYNOTE SPEAKER

Pontificia Universidad Católica del Perú. Lima, Perú | 2014

Title: Diseño, Emoción y Sostenibilidad (Design, Emotion and Sustainability).

 

INVITED SPEAKER

5th UDESIGN INTERNATIONAL CONFERENCE. Universidad de Monterrey | 2014

Title: Integrando Diseño y Emoción (Integrating Design and Emotion).

 

FEATURED SPEAKER

Autodesk University – Annual Conference. Las Vegas NV | 2013

Title: Unleashing the Power of Fusion360 in Product Design.

 

INVITED SPEAKER

Colloquio de Diseño (virtual). Pontificia Universidad Catolica del Peru | 2013

Title: Diseño Industrial en RIT (Industrial Design at RIT).

 

INVITED PANELIST

Rochester Institute of Technology | 2013

Title: Mid-tenure review panel discussion

 

SPEAKER

Industrial Designers Society of America International Conference. Boston MA | 2012

Title: A Model for Trans-disciplinary Collaboration in Packaging Design. Lorrie Frear, Alex Lobos & Sandra Turner.

 

INVITED PRESENTER

Rochester Institute of Technology | 2012

Title: Educational Futures: Faculty Showcase. Alex Lobos & Callie Babbitt.

 

PANELIST

Rochester Institute of Technology | 2012

Title: A challenge and an opportunity panel discussion

 

SPEAKER

6th International Conference on Design Principles and Practices University of California – Los Angeles, CA | 2012

Title: Collaboration in Packaging Design. Lorrie Frear, Alex Lobos & Sandra Turner.

 

INVITED SPEAKER

High Tech Rochester, Rochester NY | 2012

Title: Sustainable Product Design at RIT.

 

SPEAKER

Autodesk University – Annual Conference. Las Vegas NV | 2011

Title: Collaborative, cross-disciplinary, project-based courses for Innovation and Sustainable Design. Adam Menter, Dawn Danby & Alex Lobos.

 

SPEAKER

Industrial Designers Society of America International Conference. New Orleans LA | 2011

Title: Education and Industry: “Working Together to Advance the Practice of Sustainable Design. Adam Menter & Alex Lobos.

 

PANELIST

RIT Faculty Institute on Teaching and Learning Conference. Rochester, NY |  2011

Ttile: Technology in The Classroom Idea Exchange.

 

INVITED SPEAKER

Industrial Designers Society of America Midwest Conference. St. Louis, MO  |  2011

Title: Bringing together Emotional Design and Sustainability.

 

SPEAKER

Electronics and Sustainability Symposium. Champaign, IL  |  2011

Title: A model trans-disciplinary curriculum for sustainable design of electronics. Callie Babbitt, Alex Lobos, Ana Maria Leal-Yepes, Sandra Turner.

 

INVITED SPEAKER

Industrial Designers Society of America Midwest Conference. Minneapolis, MN  |  2009

Title: What does design mean to people.

 

INVITED SPEAKER

Rochester Institute of Technology. Rochester, NY  |  2009

Title: Reflections on Industrial Design.

 

INVITED SPEAKER

University of Illinois – Chicago. Chicago, IL  |  2009

Title: Reflections on Industrial Design.

 

INVITED SPEAKER

Asociación de Diseñadores de Guatemala Design Gala. Antigua Guatemala  |  2008

Title: Diseño como estilo de vida (Design as lifestyle).

 

INVITED SPEAKER

Asociación de Diseñadores de Guatemala Annual Conference. Guatemala City  |  2007

Title: Biomímica en Diseño (Biomimicry in Design).

 

KEYNOTE SPEAKER

20 Years of Industrial Design in Guatemala. Guatemala City  |  2006

Title: Diseño en Teoría y Práctica (Design in theory and practice).

 

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INTERNATIONAL WORKSHOPS

 

INVITED INSTRUCTOR

Universidad de Monterrey, México  |  2015

Workshop on Urban Furniture and Community Integration.

International Workshops (continued)

 

INVITED INSTRUCTOR

Universidad Rafael Landivar, Guatemala  |  2014

Workshop on Sustainability and Emotional Design.

 

INVITED INSTRUCTOR

Universidad de Monterrey, México  |  2014

Workshop on Sustainable Wearable Technology.

 

INVITED INSTRUCTOR

Pontificia Católica Universidad de Perú. Lima, Perú | 2014

Workshop on Sustainable Design and Emotion.

 

INVITED INSTRUCTOR

Centro Roberto Gaza Sada de Arte, Aquitectura y Diseño. Universidad de Monterrey, México | 2014

Workshop on Emotional Design.

 

INVITED INSTRUCTOR

ISTHMUS Norte: Escuela de Arquitectura y Diseño. Chihuahua, México | 2012

Workshop on User-Centered Design.

 

INVITED INSTRUCTOR

National Taiwan University of Science and Technology. Taipei, Taiwan | 2011

Workshop on Sustainable Product Design.

 

INVITED INSTRUCTOR

ISTHMUS: Escuela de Arquitectura y Diseño. Panamá City, Panamá | 2008

Workshop on Healthcare Design.

 

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MEDIA MENTIONS

 

SUSTAINABLE DESIGN EDUCATION: AN EDUCATOR’S PERSPECTIVE

Autodesk |  2015

https://youtu.be/bqQeXQXdlH0

 

TEN FACULTY TO WATCH

RIT Athenaeum  |  October 09, 2014

http://www.rit.edu/news/athenaeum_story.php?id=51023

 

WHAT GOES BEEP IN THE NIGHT

New York Times | February 20, 2014

http://www.nytimes.com/2014/02/20/garden/what-goes-beep-in-the-night.html?rref=garden&hpw=&_r=1

 

FUSION 360 AT I3D + AUTODESK UNIVERSITY 2013

Autodesk Fusion 360 Blog | 2013

http://forums.autodesk.com/t5/Design-Differently/Fusion-360-at-i3D-Autodesk-University-2013/ba-p/4680791

 

STUDENTS COMPETE TO BUILD A BETTER BREADBOX

The Wedge Newspaper | December 2012

http://swpc.org/wp-content/uploads/2012/12/December-2012.pdf

 

SUSTAINABLE DESIGN WITH AUTODESK

Autodesk Sustainability Workshop | 2012

http://youtu.be/KDVT2hj-qSk

 

TRANSDISCIPLINARY SUSTAINABLE DESIGN

RIT Educational Futures Showcase | 2012

http://youtu.be/Whoy31agVzo

 

DESIGN, EMOTION AND SUSTAINABILITY

Autodesk Sustainability Workshop Blog | 2012

http://sustainabilityworkshop.autodesk.com/blog/design-emotion-and-sustainability

 

90-SECOND LAPTOP DISASSEMBLY AMONG TOP PROJECTS IN INTERNATIONAL E-WASTE DESIGN CONTEST

RIT News | 2011

http://www.rit.edu/news/story.php?id=48408

 

STUDENT TEAMS WIN AMERICAN PACKAGING CORP. AND KRAFT DESIGN CHALLENGE

RIT News | 2011

http://www.rit.edu/news/story.php?id=48109

 

INDUSTRIAL DESIGN TEAM WINS FIRST PLACE IN INTERNATIONAL E-WASTE DESIGN COMPETITION

RIT News | 2010

http://www.rit.edu/news/story.php?id=47531

 

UNIVERSITY OF ILLINOIS STUDENTS DEVELOPING CREATIVE WAYS TO RE-USE ELECTRONIC WASTE

University of Illinois News Bureau | 2009

http://www.news.illinois.edu/news/09/0211recycling.html

 

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PATENTS

 

LAUNDRY CLEANING PRODUCT

US No. 20130326996 A1  |  2013

Assignee: Purecap, LLC. Inventors: Domenico Colaprete, Katherine Sears, Laura Weller-Brophy, Alex Lobos.

http://appft1.uspto.gov/netacgi/nph-Parser?Sect1=PTO1&Sect2=HITOFF&d=PG01&p=1&u=/netahtml/PTO/srchnum.html&r=1&f=G&l=50&s1=20130326996.PGNR.

 

ENERGY MANAGEMENT OF HOUSEHOLD APPLIANCES

International No. WO/2010/031027. US No. 8,548,635  |  2010

Assignee: General Electric Company. Schenectady NY. Inventors: Rita Barksdale, Chris Bissig, Anthony Cooper, Timothy Hamel, Telema Harry, Alex Lobos, Alexander Rafalovich, Martin Severance, Eric Watson.

http://patft.uspto.gov/netacgi/nph-Parser?Sect1=PTO1&Sect2=HITOFF&d=PALL&p=1&u=%2Fnetahtml%2FPTO%2Fsrchnum.htm&r=1&f=G&l=50&s1=8548635.PN.&OS=PN/8548635&RS=PN/8548635

 

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SERVICE TO PROFESSION

 

ADVISORY COUNCIL MEMBER

Autodesk University  |  2016-present

 

EDITORIAL COMMITTEE MEMBER

Material  Design Post-it Journal, University of Ferrara, Italy |  2015-present

 

JOURNAL AND CONFERENCE PAPER AND REVIEWER

Industrial Designers Society of America, Journal for Applied Ergonomics, Journal of Science in Society, Journal of Design Education  |  2010-present

 

ASSOCIATE EDITOR AND REVIEWER

Journal of Design Objects, Journal of Design Principles and Practices  |  2010-present

 

JUDGE

Cradle to Cradle Product Design Challenge, International Housewares Association – Student Design Competition. Chicago, IL  |  2013 – 2015

 

BOOK REVIEWER

Oxford University Press  |  2014

 

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SERVICE TO RIT

 

MEMBER – STUDY ABROAD COMMITTEE

College of Imaging Arts and Sciences  |  2014-present

 

MEMBER – GLOBAL ENGAGEMENT STRATEGIC TASK FORCE

College of Imaging Arts and Sciences  |  2014-present

 

FACULTY ADVISOR IDSA STUDENT CHAPTER

School of Design  |  2013-present

 

MEMBER – INTERDISCIPLINARY EDUCATION TASKFORCE

RIT Institute-wide  |  2015

 

ACADEMIC SENATOR (Alternate)

RIT Institute-wide  |  2014

 

MEMBER – STRATEGIC PLANNING TASK FORCE: CURRICULAR INNOVATION & CREATIVITY

RIT Institute-wide  |  2014

 

MEMBER – PORTFOLIO COMMITTEE

College of Imaging Arts and Sciences  |  2010-present

 

MEMBER OF INSTITUTE EFFECTIVE TEACHING COMMITTEE

Institute-wide committee  |  2010-2014

 

MEMBER OF FACULTY SEARCH COMMITTEE

School of Design | 2011-2013

Faculty searches for Industrial Design (Assistant Professor and Lecturer) and Interior Design (Assistant Professor)

 

ORGANIZER: DESIGN LECTURE, JEREMY KNOPOW, SC&JOHNSON COMPANY

School of Design | 2012

 

ORGANIZER: DESIGN LECTURE AND PORTFOLIO REVIEWS, WYATT CLINE AND MICHAEL KAHWAJI, WHIRLPOOL CORPORATION

School of Design | 2011

 

MEMBER OF INTERNATIONAL EDUCATION WORKING GROUP

Institute-wide group  |  2010-2011

 

ORGANIZER: INDUSTRIAL DESIGN EXHIBIT

Imagine RIT  |  School of Design  |  2010-2011

 

ORGANIZER: JEFF SMITH DIGITAL MODELING AND RENDERING WORKSHOP

School of Design  |  2011

 

ORGANIZER: WILLIE CADE LECTURE ON “TRUTH AND TRAGEDY OF E-WASTE”

School of Design  |  2010

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STUDENT ADVISING

 

2016

Kurtis Kracke, Andrew Magee, Mehrafza Mirzazad, Mariana Pinheiro, Trupti Pomaje – MFA Industrial Design

 

2015

Liana Beer, Qunxi Huang, Behrad Godshi, Aisha Iskandenari, Jiekun Qian – MFA  Industrial Design

 

2014

Qi Liu, Henry Tao, Erica Nwanwko, Bijal Patwa – MFA Industrial Design

 Adam Stoker, Alexandra Bush – M. Arch

 

2013

Yu Liu, Chunxiao Zhu – MFA Industrial Design.

David Royka – MFA Graphic Design.

Ana Maria Leal-Yepes – MSc Sustainability.

 

2012

Jae Seo, Sarah Wolfsont – MFA Industrial Design.

 

2011

Hong Ying Guo, Sandra Turner – MFA Industrial Design.

Yu Fen Kung – MFA Graphic Design.

 

 

2010

Nicole Chen, Chia-Wei Chang – MFA Industrial Design.

 

 

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STUDENT HONORS

 

Student projects from Alex Lobos’ courses or thesis. Project credit is the students’.

 

2015

Brendan Babiarz. 1st place – International Housewares Student Design Competition

 Evan Cincotta. 2rd place – International Housewares Student Design Competition  |  2015

 

2014

Audrey Kirk. 3rd place. International Housewares Student Design Competition.

Beatriz Alvarez. Honorable Mention. International Housewares Student Design Competition.

Derek Burhardsmeier, David Engell, Brendan Gordon, S. Adam Stoker, Hui Sun. 1st place. Staples Eco-Design Lab Challenge.

 

2013

Cong Yao and Jongsoo Gang. Finalists. New York State Pollution Prevention Institute R&D Student Competition.

Alex Bennett. Honorable Mention. International Housewares Student Design Competition.

 

2012

Sandra Turner. Core77 Award – Furniture & Lighting.

Gabriel Nicasio, Praneeth Pulusani, John Zakrzewski. 1st place. Autodesk, Core77 & iFixit Design for your Product Lifetime Competition.

Katherine Bukys, Dom Colaprete, Jess Crawford, Bailey Kennedy, Kai Lei, Victor Santiago. 1st place. Wegman’s & American Packaging Corp. Sustainable Packaging Challenge.

 

2011

Isaac Alves, Hong Guo, Vicki Julius, Andrew Lakata, Keelyn Nori, Marc Priddy. 1st place. Kraft Foods & American

Packaging Sustainable Packaging Challenge.

Isaac Alves, Joseph Lapke, Mustafizur Rahman. 2nd place. University of Illinois International E-waste Design Competition.

 

2010

Chandra Baker, Da Deng, Chris Platt, Jason Schuller. 1st place. University of Illinois International E-waste Design Competition.

 

 

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