Four students in Purdue University Northwest’s (PNW) College of Technology are hoping a third place finish at an international student competition launches them to the top of this year’s PNW Big Sell entrepreneurial contest.
Daniel Cubillos (Hammond, IN), Neol Goveas (Mumbai, India), Jered Daniels (Crown Point, IN) and Daksh Patel (Greenwood, IN), all students of PNW’s Computer Graphics Technology bachelor’s program, entered their concept for a mobile phone stand into the HOUSTEX 3D Printing Student Competition in February.
The PNW team was challenged to create an original design, along with an energy-efficient manufacturing process, for an eco-friendly mobile phone stand.
While explaining the title of the team’s entry, Magesh Chandramouli, Ph.D., associate professor of Computer Graphics Technology (CGT) and the team’s faculty advisor, said: “I wanted to come up with an acronym that aptly captured the innovative nature of the project. Hence, it was named ‘PRIME’ standing for Phone holder: Recyclable, Innovative, Multi-functional and Eco-friendly.”
The project earned the PNW team third place against other schools such as Texas A&M and University of Pittsburgh.
“I noted the diligence of these students in my 3D modeling and animation courses, and wanted to help take their 3D skills to a higher level,” said Chandramouli. “The team’s success also bears testimony to the emphasis on hands-on learning in CGT courses, allowing students to apply the 3D concepts and skills learned to real-world problem-solving.”
While providing applied, problem-solving ingenuity, the experience also enriched the students with the finesse needed to bond as a team.
“Being able to function as part of a team is a critical skill to develop in preparation for a career in the technologies,” said David McLees, technology administrator in the College of Technology, who also served as the team’s technical consultant.
Daniels said, “My experience with the team to produce a functional product was exceptional. I learned about the importance of team communication and keeping an idealism into the final product.”
“I believe our team effort was exceptional. Everyone did their part and was more than willing to help each other to make sure the project was a success,” said Cubillos, a sentiment echoed by his teammates.
The team now hopes their success in Houston propels them to first place in The PNW Big Sell competition April 27.
“The team effort we put into the competition was great,” said Patel. “We all worked together and the end result is something we are all proud of.”
More information about PNW’s Computer Graphics Technology program can be found on the College of Technology’s website.