Students & Interns

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Daniel Kanitz

Daniel Kanitz

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Daniel Kanitz majored in Industrial Design at the University of Wisconsin-Stout.

While interning with BlueSky Designs he played an integral role in developing the Stand+90.

Current position:  Print and Design Specialist, Lands’ End

Photo: Dan is shown “sitting down on the job”, helping Nick test the prototype Watercraft Transfer device.

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Science Museum/MIT-Lemelson High School Technology Project

Science Museum/MIT-Lemelson High School Technology Project

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A team of high school students in a Science Museum Technology program received project support from a MIT-Lemelson Design Award to work on the Watercraft Transfer project.
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Daniel Holmes

Daniel Holmes

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Daniel Holmes majored in Mechanical Engineering at Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute.
In the summer of 2007 Daniel worked on the Powered Mount, experimenting with the gear drive and designing a prototype height adjustment mechanism.

We greatly appreciate the work he accomplished and wish him all the best. Daniel’s future plans include pursuing a Master’s in Engineering.

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Emilie Sundberg

Emilie Sundberg

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Winter 2006-2007 Intern

Emilie Sundberg completed a Masters in kinesiology at the University of Minnesota. Emilie undertook usability and human factors analysis of the mount interfaces and lock setting as her Masters project.

The usability testing and product evaluation forms she developed and instituted led to design improvements and increased ease of use.

Emilie also “produced” Rubie just after her stint with BlueSky Designs.

Current Positions:

User Experience Researcher, Thomson Reutuers

Acting Head Football Coach, Minnesota Vixen Women’s Football

2005 Capstone
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U of M Capstone 2005: Powered Mount

U of M Capstone 2005: Powered Mount

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2005 Powered Mounting System for People with Disabilities: Michael Etheridge, Tom Secord, Adam Niederloh, Dustin Koep, Nick Lee.

This team from the University of Minnesota helped develop prototype solutions. Read More

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Brian McEwen

Brian McEwen

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2004 Intern

He joined us as a University of Minnesota Mechanical Engineering undergraduate student. Brian has a BA in Cultural Anthropology and is interested in human factors, product design and ergonomics.

Brian worked on several projects this summer, including:
Construction of a manual wheelchair and seating system for product testing
Conceptual design relating to wheelchair mounting hardware
Design and fabrication of a test fixture for determining the coefficient of friction between fabrics
Participation in Watercraft Transfer Workshop

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Kyle Kilbourne

Kyle Kilbourne

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Kyle Kilbourn joined us as a graduate student of IT Product Design (ITPD) at the University of Southern Denmark.

Kyle contributed in many ways to BlueSky Designs, including:

Development of RESNA Poster
Development of Technical Materials for Tent Technology
Participated in Wilderness Inquiry kayak trip
Assisted in field testing of tents and vestibules
Conducted videoethnographic study of watercraft transfers
Facilitated Watercraft Transfer Workshop

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U of M Capstone 2004: Watercraft Transfer

U of M Capstone 2004: Watercraft Transfer

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2004 Watercraft Transfer Team: Peter Bohl, Mandi Eggers, Eric Michaelson, Thor Shellum, Angela Tardy.

This team from the University of Minnesota helped develop prototype solutions. Read More