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Students contribute to the design of new household appliances


MADISON, Wisconsin (WMTV) – Students at the University of Wisconsin-Platteville help design home appliances recently launched in the market and at trade shows.

Through a partnership between Spectrum Brands and the senior design program at UW-Platteville College of Engineering, Mathematics and Science, engineering students have the opportunity to solve real-world problems and develop new products.

“Students at UW-Platteville take a pragmatic approach to problem solving,” said Dave Everett, division vice president at Spectrum Brands. “They have the capacity to turn theoretical science into practical applications. UW-Platteville’s senior design projects have been a key contributor in a variety of our innovative new products.

UW-Platteville students working on a prototype device(University of Wisconsin-Platteville)

UW-Platteville and Spectrum Brands have teamed up on more than 25 projects, including a cold brew coffee maker, smart blender, griddle, and a variety of other home appliances.

This semester, students are working on two new projects with Spectrum Brands. A group of mechanical engineering students are working on life cycle tests on Black + Decker coffee makers, while a team of software engineering students are working with Spectrum and Google to develop a smart connected toaster oven.

“All of our Spectrum Brands projects have provided students with interesting real-world challenges,” said Dr. Jessica Fick, Associate Dean for Special Projects at the College of EMS. “When they’re working on products that they know and potentially use every day, it’s easy for them to imagine walking into a store and seeing their work on the shelves.

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