Innovation Garage

Partnering corporations with interdisciplinary teams to develop innovative and disruptive solutions

 

The Innovation Garage Program is a central component to the mission of the Wond’ry. Through an Innovation Garage partnership, Vanderbilt assists a corporate sponsor in identifying and developing innovative and disruptive solutions to areas most relevant to their business or industry.

Through interdisciplinary and diverse teams of Vanderbilt faculty and students, corporations develop fresh and disruptive insights that drive growth and foster innovation. Concurrently, faculty become engaged in interesting issues in their area of expertise and students are provided the opportunity to flex their problem-solving skills in a real-world application and then intern with the corporate sponsor over the summer and/or apply for a full-time position. It is a true win-win-win partnership!

If your company would like more information about partnering with the Wond’ry for this unique opportunity, please email Deanna Meador.

The Wond’ry is accepting applications for the 2018-19 Innovation Garage teams from incoming junior undergraduate students that want to gain real-world problem solving skills during this immersive, hands-on program.

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New Corporate Sponsor- Announcement Coming Soon!!

 

2018 Accessibility Team

Kevin Galloway

Kevin Galloway

Faculty Team Lead, Director of Making and Professor in Mechanical Engineering

 

Alexa Levitt

Alexa Levitt

Human and Organizational Development

 

Tyler Bernstein

Tyler Bernstein

Computer Science and Economics

 

Raymar Turangan

Raymar Turangan

Biological Sciences and Piano Performance

 

Jaya Kumari

Jaya Kumari

Computer Science

 

Olivia Steinmetz

Olivia Steinmetz

Engineering Science and Double Bass Performance

 

Corporate Partnership with Accenture

 

2017-18 Blockchain Team

Doug Schmidt

Doug Schmidt

Faculty Team Lead, Cornelius Vanderbilt Professor of Computer Science

 

Alex Roed

Alex Roed

Mechanical Engineering

 

Josiah Holland

Josiah Holland

Human and Organizational Development

 

Amy Chen

Amy Chen

Political Science and Economics

 

Jules White

Jules White

Faculty Team Lead, Assistant Professor of Computer Science

 

Bob Chen

Bob Chen

School of Medicine, doctoral student

 

Dana Zhang

Dana Zhang

Computer Science, doctoral candidate

 

Alex Reed

Alex Reed

Computer Science

 

2017-18 Retail Innovation Team

Dave Owens

Dave Owens

Faculty Team Lead, Professor of the Practice of Management and Innovation (Owen Graduate School) and Engineering Management

 

John Kim

John Kim

Mathematics and Computer Science

 

Cindy Son

Cindy Son

Engineering Science

 

Claire Fogarty

Claire Fogarty

Human and Organizational Development

 

Kaan Aykac

Kaan Aykac

Economics

 

Accenture Inaugural Cohort 2016-17

 

Invent Team- Oil and Gas

The Invent Team (Pat McGowan, Jess Banasiak, and Luke Price) were given a broad problem statement around antiquated technology for remote monitoring in the oil and gas industry and after researching the industry, talking with subject matter experts, and considering the business case and market, they developed an innovative solution around one of the most expensive parts of post-production- water hauling.

Disrupt Team- Aerospace and Defense

The Disrupt Team (Josh Forges, Parker Sarsfield, and Kevin Zhang) were tasked with examining factors causing supply chain lateness. They explored several potential solutions and in the end, built a predictive analytics algorithm that allows those working in procurement to focus their energy and efforts on the parts most likely to cause delays.