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CS Asia Sponsors University Projects

CS and Philadelphia University Collaborate on Product Development Projects

Construction Specialties (CS) recently collaborated with students from the Industrial Design program at Philadelphia University (PhilaU) on a collection of product development related projects. This is not the first time CS has partnered with the university, considered among the nation’s leaders in design education. Collaborative projects like these have proven to be invaluable for both parties. The students receive real-world experience and the opportunity to influence large companies’ future product offerings. The sponsoring company receives help from talented young teams, often resulting in employing some of the participating students.

Collaborative projects like these have proven to be invaluable for both parties.

For this project, the junior level Industrial Design students were separated into six groups, each with three to five students. Matt Umbriac, a graduate of PhilaU and CS Asia’s Product Design Specialist, worked with Mike Leonard, PhilaU’s Dean of the School of Design & Engineering, to prepare several project briefs. Each brief corresponded to products that CS was either developing or interested in developing to ensure the relevance of the students’ work. Once the briefs were prepared, each group of students prepared proposals for their first, second and third choices of projects. In the final step of this competitive process, Umbriac and Leonard assigned each group with a project based on the merit of their proposals.

The projects were initiated in late September of 2015 with a presentation by Umbriac which familiarized the students with his company and introduced the project briefs. CS provided samples and materials for the students to assess and use in the fabrication of prototypes of their designs. Along with the specific goals outlined in the project briefs, each team was given a similar set of criteria that their designs had to meet.  They were asked to consider feasibility of mass production and marketing of the new products alongside CS’ current offerings. Each group was also asked to prepare a sufficient combination of physical and virtual representations of their concepts.

Over the following two months, each project progressed from the rough conceptual stage to ready-to-produce systems. Leonard and his co-professor, Lynn Godley, oversaw the projects during the group’s regular meeting times on Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays. Umbriac visited the University on a bi-weekly basis to review each team’s work and offer guidance. Students were also able to keep a line of communication with Umbriac via email to answer any questions and address any issues that may have presented themselves. As is often the case with these type of projects, the sponsors’ level of involvement has a tremendous impact on the end result.

The project was an incredible success and will certainly lead to future collaborations between these two leaders in their respective industries.

The final presentations took place in Hayward Hall at the University on December 8, 2015. Each group had approximately 15 minutes to present their designs to an audience consisting of their peers, professors and CS management. Each presentation was followed by a short Q&A session. Unfortunately, we cannot share the designs at this time because some of them are being commercialized in the near future. The project was an incredible success and will certainly lead to future collaborations between these two leaders in their respective industries.

Learn more about Philadelphia University at www.PhilaU.edu.