Sarah Nixon, Health Make-A-Thon at the Carle Illinois College of Medicine, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign
November 11, 2019

Maker Story: Patent Search Adds to Health Make-a-Thon Winner Experience

  • By Lauren Gherna
Sarah Nixon’s Health Make-a-Thon project, Miniature Horse Power, has a dual mission: to innovate a miniature equine-facilitated therapy (EFT) program for children who have experienced trauma, or who are at risk for adverse childhood experiences (ACEs), and to conduct scientific research to advance the cause of miniature EFT. With campus mentors and scientists, a pilot [...]
Yusi Gong, Health Maker Lab at the Carle Illinois College of Medicine
August 15, 2019

Maker Story: Yusi Gong

  • By Lauren Gherna
On April 13, 2019, I did something I never thought I would ever do: I got up on a stage to pitch a concept that I believe will have an impact on health care, and I won $10,000 to bring my idea to life. Early in the year, I was looking for a research group [...]
June 25, 2019

Maker Story: Customer Discovery

  • By Erich Fisher
Dream it. Pitch it. Make it. That’s the idea which sold Health Make-a-Thon winner Maaz Iman on pitching his idea in the community-wide Health Make-a-Thon competition last April. And when the competition awarded his group $10,000 in idea support for their 4-in-1 Vital Sign Reader project, Iman knew only some of the perks that came [...]
Health Make-a-thon 2019 finalists
April 24, 2019

Ten Health Make-a-Thon Winners Announced

  • By Rebecca Schultz
Dream It. Pitch It. Make It. This motto for the Carle Illinois College of Medicine’s Health Make-a-Thon captures the possibilities and opportunities for innovation afforded by the Health Maker Lab, an interconnected network of design and making facilities at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. For a month prior to the event, anyone from the [...]
Marty Burke, Health Maker Lab at Carle Illinois College of Medicine
February 1, 2019

Maker Story: Marty Burke

  • By Anmol Shah

Carle Illinois College of Medicine student recounts her experience on the winning team at the Health Mirror Make-a-thon.

Rashid Bashir, Carle Illinois College of Medicine, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign
January 30, 2019

Maker Story: Rashid Bashir

  • By Kara Sauder
Miniature Biological Robots  Rashid Bashir, dean of The Grainger College of Engineering, has built a career pursuing disruptive research in the field of bioengineering. And, his research has great potential for impact on human health. In 2012, Rashid, along with other Illinois researchers, developed a miniature biological robot, or a bio-bot, using only hydrogel, heart [...]
January 25, 2019

Maker Story: Samantha Houser

  • By Kara Sauder

Carle Illinois College of Medicine student recounts her experience on the winning team at the Health Mirror Make-a-thon.

January 17, 2019

Maker Story: Aadeel Akhtar

  • By Kara Sauder
PSYONIC There are 11.4 million people with hand amputations worldwide. 80 percent are in developing nations. Less than 3 percent have access to adequate, affordable prosthetic devices. These realities motivated Aadeel Akhtar to develop a bionic hand while he was working on his PhD in Neuroscience and MS in Electrical & Computer Engineering from the [...]
January 17, 2019

Maker Story: Arielle Rausin

  • By Kara Sauder
Dream it. A class assignment in the Gies College of Business at the University of Illinois altered Arielle Rausin’s life trajectory. At her “Digital Making” class during her junior year, Arielle was tasked with creating a prototype of a useable product. Her professor cast the net of opportunity wide, and it was up to Arielle [...]