Summer 2016 IPRO Day Awards


The culmination of the summer semester’s Interprofessional Projects (IPRO) Program was marked on July 29 with IPRO Day. Over a dozen teams exhibited their semester-long work throughout the atrium of the University Technology Park at Illinois Tech.

Dedicated panels of workplace professionals, faculty, and graduate students spent the day judging the IPRO projects, and voting on the best exhibits.

Students organized in teams to address specific problems within their fields, developing prototypes and/or analyses of concepts and solutions. This semester’s projects covered a range of topics including Community Engagement, STEM Education, Technological Innovations and Illinois Tech Campus Innovations.

Following the exhibit judging and lunch, IPRO Day participants gathered for the closing award ceremony, where the Track Winners were announced.

Tracks Awards

Track 1: Social Innovation (TIE)

IPRO 497-217A:  – Assistive Technology for Students with Dyslexia – Mahesh Krishnamurthy (ECE) and EJ Lee (Psychology)


IPRO 497-346: – Beneficial Use of Commercial Building Air Conditioning

Honorable Mention: IPRO 497-303: – Made in USA: Concepts to Better Connect Consumers with U.S. Products – Limia Shunia (Institute of Design)

Track 2: Technological Innovation

IPRO 497-234: – Magic Fingers: Developing a Computer-Controlled Massage Therapy Bed – Blake Davis (Industrial Technology and Management) and Ali Khounsary (Physics)

Track 3: Community Engagement Innovation

497-308: – Urban Activators: Insert + Deploy + Engage “Community Possible Pop-up” – Monica Chadha and Michael Newman (Architecture)

The IPRO Program would like to thank all of the students, faculty, Illinois Tech partners, guests, judges, and sponsors for making this the best IPRO Day yet.

Mark your calendars our Fall IPRO Day: Friday, November 18, 2016.