Chicagoans for Cincy! 2017 - Bearcats Exposition

This year’s gala features the latest and greatest interactive research projects at UC, an homage to The Chicago World’s Fair. The following projects and colleges are being showcased by faculty and students at the Chicagoans for Cincy’s Bearcats Exposition:

  • Maple Knoll Village Innovation Collaboratory House (Nursing & CEAS) – A villa on the campus of Maple Knoll Village, a continuing care retirement community, has been transformed into a learning and test environment for the development of technologies aimed at keeping seniors in their own homes or communities longer.

  • Hyperloop (CEAS) – A prototype for a tube-based passenger system that would allow for travel between cities at the speed of sound. Testing of prototypes will take place January 27-29, 2017, when they will insert their pod for takeoff in a mile-long test track next to SpaceX in Hawthorne, California.

  • Augmented Reality (A&S & DAAP) – As new augmented reality devices and applications are hitting the consumer market, many technology companies are making bold promises about the potential for augmented and virtual reality technologies. Professors at UC are recognizing these trends and starting to teach students how to design for these technologies as well as some of the implications of these technologies, using the latest devices in the lab.

  • MOD, a platform for modular prosthesis design (DAAP) – A student has identified younger users of prosthetic limbs (arms) as being unique because of their rapid rate of growth and the associated issues that they have with prosthesis fitment as a result. This project satisfies the specific needs of younger users in regard to ergonomic and anthropmetric fitment, as well as providing a design that supports the emotional dimension of this type of product.

  • Center for Entrepreneurship and Commercialization (LCB) – Our mission is to accelerate the launch of new ventures and the commercialization of technology, improve strategic and intrapreneurial thinking in established organizations, and multiply social entrepreneurship.

Award Winners

Each year, University of Cincinnati Chicago-area alumni and the UC Alumni Association host Chicagoans for Cincy! to recognize and celebrate the many contributions and overall excellence of UC alumni in countless fields of endeavor. We invite you to join us in recognizing this year’s award winners.

Distinguished Service to UC Award
The Distinguished Service to UC Award is presented to a dedicated Chicago-area alumnus/alumna who has faithfully rendered outstanding service to the University of Cincinnati. This award is meant to recognize outstanding volunteer contributions by UC Chicago alumni and demonstrate appreciation to those who are usually over-modest, unpaid, and unthinking of personal reward.

Yetta Starr
DAAP ’82
Yetta graduated in 1982 with a B.S. in Interior Design from the University of Cincinnati’s College of Design, Architecture, Art and Planning (DAAP). She founded Starr Design Associates, Inc., a multidisciplinary, collaborative design practice, in 1996, following professional experience with Herman Miller UK, Eva Maddox Associates, Perkins + Will, and The Environments Group. Yetta currently serves as her firm’s Founding Principal and Creative Director providing unique design services to businesses, institutions, and manufacturers.

Rising Star Award
The Rising Star Award is presented to an alumnus of the University of Cincinnati who graduated within approximately the last 20 years, awarded on the basis of significant professional achievement in his or her field of endeavor, and continued service and involvement with the university and community.

John Lutz
DAAP ’95
John graduated in 1995 with a B.S. in Graphic Design from the University of Cincinnati’s College of Design, Architecture, Art and Planning (DAAP). He has had a successful career developing branded environments worldwide, spending his professional career at Selbert Perkins Design. John was promoted to Partner in 2014 and currently oversees the Chicago office.

Outstanding Achievement Award
The Outstanding Achievement Award is presented to an alumnus of the University of Cincinnati solely on the basis of outstanding achievements in his or her field.

Brent Freese
DAAP ’84
Brent graduated in 1984 with a B.S. in Industrial Design from the University of Cincinnati’s College of Design, Architecture, Art and Planning (DAAP). He has had a very successful career as a new product development executive with companies such as Maytag, Whirlpool, and The Chamberlain Group. Brent is currently the EVP, Strategy and Business Relations for Eleven, A Culture of Design.


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