Celebration of Innovation

Student Innovator Projects

Students collaborate with industry partner Carousel Connections to help young adults with disabilities live independent and healthy lives. The team is creating a cookbook system that teaches individuals how to cook, while imparting job skills that provide opportunities in the food and beverage industry.

Students

Madalynne Aubry 
BS, Visual Communication Design
MS, User Experience and Interactive Design
Kanbar College of Design, Engineering and Commerce

Cynthia Jih
Occupational Therapy Doctoral Candidate
College of Rehabilitation Sciences

Faculty Advisers

Michael Barrett, OTD, OTR/L
College of Rehabilitation Sciences

Sarah McNabb, MEd, OTD, OTR/L
College of Rehabilitation Sciences

Kimberly Mollo, BFA, OTD, OTR/L
College of Rehabilitation Sciences

Elizabeth Shirrell, MFA
Kanbar College of Design, Engineering and Commerce

Students team up to experience hands-on how vaccines are made at the Jefferson Institute for Bioprocessing and in Center City labs. The students are seeking ways to use creativity for advancements in optimizing processes, scaling up, and making gene therapy affordable, ingestible, and tolerable.

Students

Myettia Peck
MS, Biopharmaceutical Process Engineering
Jefferson Institute for Bioprocessing

James Walker
MS, Medical Laboratory Sciences and Biotechnology
College of Health Professions

Faculty Advisers

Sean Chadwick, MS
College of Health Professions 

Geoffrey Toner, MS, MB (ASCP)
Jefferson Institute for Bioprocessing

Based on one student’s personal story and inspired by her fear and love of the ocean, this collaboration unites textile design with fashion. The project brings a collection to life with designs that incorporate two students’ visceral response to the ocean’s expansiveness and strength.

Students

Vanessa Fath
BS, Fashion Design
MS, International Fashion Design Management
Kanbar College of Design, Engineering and Commerce

Olivia Manning
BS/MS, Textile Design
Kanbar College of Design, Engineering and Commerce

Faculty Adviser

Marcia Weiss, MFA
Kanbar College of Design, Engineering and Commerce

Supported by the Eileen Martinson ’86 Fund for the Undergraduate Capstone Experience

Working with partners at universities in China on a team competing in the Solar Decathlon, the Jefferson students are developing a building façade that meets requirements for sustainability, innovation, versatility, and design aesthetics. The final full-scale structure will be on display near the 2022 Winter Olympics in Beijing.

Students

Olivia Birritteri
BS, Architecture
College of Architecture and the Built Environment

Cevan Noell
BS, Architecture
College of Architecture and the Built Environment

Faculty Adviser

Kihong Ku, DDES
College of Architecture and the Built Environment

A team of medical students in the scholarly inquiry design track collaborated with the Jefferson Center for Autism and Neurodiversity to consider how an interactive healthcare passport could help in emergency rooms. They assisted in interviewing emergency medical professionals and designed solutions for patients with autism spectrum disorder and neurodiversity.

Students

Kathryn Achuck
Sidney Kimmel Medical College

Zane Gouda
Sidney Kimmel Medical College

Faculty Advisers

Morgan Hutchinson, MD
Sidney Kimmel Medical College 

Bon Ku, MD
Sidney Kimmel Medical College

Wendy Ross, MD
Jefferson Center for Autism and Neurodiversity

11th annual competition sponsored by industry partner Tenneco

Students from Kanbar’s industrial design, engineering, and business programs find solutions that use a Tenneco product in unique and unintended ways. Each team receives a braided substrate material, reimagines a use for it, and competes in real-world pitches to have the product produced.

Students

Lauren Kloos
BS, Engineering
Kanbar College of Design, Engineering and Commerce

Clara Miller
BS, Industrial Design
Kanbar College of Design, Engineering and Commerce

Ehson Shirazi
BS, Accounting
Kanbar College of Design, Engineering and Commerce

Faculty Advisers

Muthu Govindaraj, PhD
Kanbar College of Design, Engineering and Commerce

Michael Leonard, MAEd, MSEd, IDSA
Kanbar College of Design, Engineering and Commerce

Les Sztandera, PhD
Kanbar College of Design, Engineering and Commerce

Matt Umbriac, MBA
Kanbar College of Design, Engineering and Commerce

Nursing and medical students work together on volunteer and training opportunities that support Jefferson in COVID relief, including vaccine administration. Trained students have worked in Philadelphia’s mass vaccination clinic at the Pennsylvania Convention Center, which gives more than 6,000 daily vaccines.

Students

Lindsay Killian
BS, Nursing
College of Nursing

Alexandra Leto
Sidney Kimmel Medical College

Faculty Adviser

Jennifer Bellot, PhD, RN, MHSA, CNE
College of Nursing

We are that next generation of creativity. We are creating the future.

Lauren Kloos BS, Engineering, Kanbar College of Design, Engineering and Commerce

Leader of Innovation Medal

Mary Lynne Bercik, BS, ’90, PMP, PMI-RMP

Mary Lynne Bercik, BS, ’90, PMP, PMI-RMP
Kanbar College of Design, Engineering and Commerce
Appointed, Executive Director Global Operations Sourcing
Organon & Co., a wholly owned subsidiary of Merck & Co., Inc.

Bercik is an expert in new-product launch, supply chain management, and overall innovation. She has more than 30 years of global experience in sourcing and procurement across multiple industries and commodities, and more than 20 years of experience in biopharmaceutical manufacturing. Bercik serves on the Jefferson Institute for Bioprocessing Industry Advisory Board as Idea Founder and on the Kanbar College Advancement Council.

Tracy-Gene G. Durkin, Esq., BS, ’83

Tracy-Gene G. Durkin, Esq., BS, ’83
Kanbar College of Design, Engineering and Commerce
Director, Sterne, Kessler Goldstein & Fox

Durkin is the practice leader of the Mechanical & Design Practice Group and a member of the Trademark & Brand Protection Practice at Sterne Kessler, an intellectual property specialty law firm. She was the first woman elected equity director to the firm and the first woman to serve on its executive committee. Financial Times named her one of the Top Ten Legal Innovators in North America, noting she is “a leading authority on design patents.”

Francisco J. Morales, BS, ’98

Francisco J. Morales, BS, ’98
Kanbar College of Design, Engineering and Commerce 
Chief Executive Officer and Co-Founder, 5.11 Tactical

Morales is the CEO and cofounder of 5.11 Tactical, the leading global supplier of purpose-built apparel, footwear, and gear for first responders and military personnel. Many of the patents held by 5.11 have been awarded to Morales. At age 30, he became a member of YPO, the global leadership community of extraordinary chief executives, and he is a member of Beta Gamma Sigma, the International Business Honor Society.

Fredric Rieders, PhD ’52

Fredric Rieders, PhD ’52 (awarded posthumously)
Jefferson College of Life Sciences

Fredric Rieders was a path-blazing and world-renowned forensic toxicologist. He served as Philadelphia’s chief toxicologist and was professor of pharmacology and toxicology at Thomas Jefferson University.

Eric Rieders, PhD

Eric Rieders, PhD
President  & Chief Operating Officer, NMS Labs
Chairman, Fredric Rieders Family Foundation

Eric Rieders has a doctorate in mathematics and serves as an adjunct professor of forensic science at Arcadia University and is a member of Jefferson’s Sidney Kimmel Cancer Center Advisory Council.

M. Fredric Rieders, PhD ’85

M. Fredric Rieders, PhD ’85
Jefferson College of Life Sciences
Treasurer and Director, NMS Labs
Board Member, Fredric Rieders Family Foundation

M. Fredric Rieders is a member of the American Public Health Association, the Society of Forensic Toxicologists, and the International Association of Forensic Toxicologists. He is a fellow of the American Academy of Forensic Sciences and serves on the board of the National Association of Medical Examiners.

Innovator of the Year

Mauro Porcini

Mauro Porcini
Senior Vice President and Chief Design Officer
PepsiCo

Porcini is infusing design thinking into PepsiCo's culture and leading a new approach to innovation by design. He is host of the video podcast “In Your Shoes with Mauro Porcini” and a presenter and judge on “New York by Design” and “America by Design,” which air on CBS and Amazon Prime Video. Porcini has been singled out with numerous honors, which include top spots on lists of the world’s most-influential, most influential, most creative, best dressed, and hottest rising stars.