At the National Association for Community College Entrepreneurship go West! conference, held September 20-21 in San Francisco, two Sierra College students presented as part of a panel on invention and entrepreneurship. Rob Herndon, VP at ELI, started out by sharing his insights into the development of an entrepreneurial mindset.
Savanna Turner, a Colfax High School graduate and Sierra College second year Engineering student, Walsh Family Scholarship recipient and University Innovation Fellow supported by Sierra Makerspaces, started designing and prototyping in high school (teacher Jonathan Schwartz, Math & Pre-Engineering) using 3D printers and other digital design tools. Savanna plans to complete a degree in Engineering coupled with a Ph.D. in Bio-Engineering as she works to improve the lives of others throughout her career. Savanna shared information on an upcoming Women in STEM symposium, to be held at Folsom Lake College, in spring 2019 with the help of her mentor, Denise Bushnell, Sierra College Business & Computer Information Systems professor.
Mason Sage, a second year student in Sierra’s Mechatronics program, Robotics Club President, Mechatronics for Humanity contestant, and Sierra Makerspaces student participant, demonstrated his process in building a robotic arm over an 8-month period and a robotic hand over a 2-month period using a variety of tools including CNC and CAD. Mason talked about the value of the skills, knowledge and abilities learned in the Sierra College Mechatronics program, led by professors Tony Osladil and Michael Halbern. The projects are posted on his website and are open source.