At AU, lessons from the classroom are put to work in the community. Every semester, students from our programs fly to Nepal/India/Kenya/Zanzibar to serve vulnerable populations. Dentistry students also volunteer their services, under the supervision of faculty, in local Ajman clinics as well as on campus. With the recent addition of an AU mobile dental unit, they are now able to assist community neighbors who lack transportation. Whether volunteering overseas or locally, AU students bring their experiences back to to campus for studying and sharing.
Following are a few examples of our students and faculty making social responsiblity happen.
Millions of people around the world have lost an arm to birth defects, trauma, disease and war. While many of these amputees have access to – and success with – prosthetic limbs, a substantial percentage faces issues of availability, affordability and functionality. Inspired to help, three Ajman University (AU) biomedical-engineering students are developing a high-tech solution with the potential to assist everyone affected by limb loss.
With seed money, mentoring and physical space provided by the AU Innovation Center, the students came up with a futuristic “smart arm” prototype that uses electroencephalography (EEG) waves to deliver instructions from the human brain to a 3D-printed limb. Less than two years later, their smart arm grabbed top honours in Senior Design at the 2017 Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers (IEEE) UAE Student Day competition.
Married faculty members Emanuela Corti and Ivan Parati also happen to be married to their work. When the Italian duo isn’t teaching architecture and design in the College of Engineering at Ajman University, they’re creating a dynamic clothing line that serves multiple purposes. Their brainchild, known as “Sensewear," can be worn by anyone, but is especially relevant for those with Sensory Processing Disorders, often associated with autism and Asperger syndrome. Sensewear has two distinct functions: mute physical sensations or sharpen them, depending upon the needs of the wearer.
Sensewear won the Grand Prix at the Lexus Design Awards in Japan 2015, which secured funding to further develop the collection. Corti and Parati are now collaborating on technological aspects of the collection with a multinational company based in Italy. They’ve since won top “wearable tech” awards at Venice Design Week in 2016 and AXAPPP Health Tech & You in 2017.