Whereas many college students on the Mississippi State campus put on a sensible watch akin to a FitBit or an Apple Watch to trace well being information, Erin Parker has spent a big quantity of her time on the college growing the following technology of wearable applied sciences.
The economic and methods engineering graduate pupil from metro Atlanta initially got here to MSU as an undergraduate as a result of the college was one among just a few to supply applications in pc engineering in addition to vogue design and merchandising. She mixed her information as a double main to assist MSU’s Athlete Engineering analysis group develop a prototype sock outfitted with sensors to seize superior information on how individuals transfer and the place they put stress on their toes and ankles. The sock has the potential to enhance efficiency and forestall harm in sports activities, army, industrial and rehabilitation settings by serving to customers determine patterns that may result in harm over time.
Parker acquired concerned with MSU’s Athlete Engineering analysis group after listening to in regards to the sock prototype growth undertaking from a buddy. Along with supporting prototype growth within the lab throughout her undergraduate years, she now could be serving to the group refine potential manufacturing processes for the top product and studying in regards to the technique of commercializing it by know-how switch and a startup firm. Parker was a part of an MSU group acknowledged with a TechConnect Innovation Award earlier this 12 months on the international know-how convention.
“Having the ability to work with not solely the individuals in Athlete Engineering, but additionally with the Heart for Entrepreneurship and Outreach to start out up these efforts and lift cash to really make this a product that on a regular basis individuals can use is admittedly, actually cool,” Parker mentioned.
Parker mentioned she has appreciated the chance to tackle a big function in a analysis undertaking and have her distinctive perspective acknowledged, each as an undergraduate pupil and whereas she completes her grasp’s diploma.
“I’m fortunate to be working with individuals who know once they don’t know one thing,” Parker mentioned. “My industrial engineering professors didn’t take vogue design courses, in order that they don’t know as a lot as me or my professors in that space about textiles or how materials are made. After we run into an issue in that space, I’m capable of clarify what I believe we have to do and so they inform me to go do it. I even have been capable of expertise engaged on journal publications and grant proposals.”
Parker plans to complete her grasp’s diploma in 2023, however her profession path remains to be undecided. She likes the thought of pursuing a doctorate and getting extra concerned in instructing and analysis. There additionally may very well be choices to broaden the start-up endeavors associated to the know-how she has helped develop.
After a number of years on campus, Parker mentioned one among her favourite elements about being at MSU is the wide selection of individuals she has been capable of meet and work with, whether or not by pupil organizations, her courses or her analysis.
“It is good to have completely different views and have the ability to work together with completely different individuals,” Parker mentioned. “There’s been so many alternatives by Athlete Engineering and my professors, and everybody on that group works so effectively collectively. It actually has proven what a very good working atmosphere can appear like.”