Aisha Thaj gives a presentation to her class.

Product design students envisioning future of mobility with Eaton partnership

The mobility solutions of tomorrow are being dreamed up today at Western Michigan University. Through a partnership with Eaton Corp., the first cohort of product design students—now in their third year in the Richmond Institute for Design and Innovation—is envisioning what the world might look like in 50 years.

Rendering of makeup case Nick designed.

Honorable Mention at IHA Global Innovation Awards

Solving problems is what we do and a great example is product design junior Nick Koch’s project—a makeup brush cleaner and travel case. The Rede case is designed to hold, clean and dry makeup brushes while on the go. His novel product won honorable mention at the IHA Global Innovation Awards, an award that is the longest-running recognition program for industrial design students. Nick is one of only three juniors who received awards this year. It’s a sensational feat for a young designer in a young program.

“This was my first time entering and it felt great to have a full semester of work get recognized,” Nick said. “Receiving the award definitely helped with getting a Stryker internship for the summer.”