Product Design for the Community
We work with clients all over the world, but we’re passionate about our involvement with the RTP and surrounding community.
In November 2016, the Porticos team donned hard hats and spent the day with Build a Block for Habitat for Humanity of Wake County.
During the 2015 holiday season, the Porticos team continued our holiday tradition of giving back to the community by working with Durham non-profit CAARE, Inc. Our crew helped establish an innovative healing garden that will provide therapeutic benefits and skills training for our nation’s veterans, one that is still being used by the organization today.
Porticos as an Industry Partner
Since 2014, Porticos has maintained a partnership with the Center for Advanced Self-Powered Systems of Integrated Sensors and Technologies (also known as the ASSIST Center). The $18.5M Engineering Research Center is developing technologies to improve global health through nanotechnology-enabled, wearable electronics.
Porticos is an Affiliate industry member, helping to advance ASSIST’s research, prototyping, and testing objectives.
Porticos Supporting Students
In the spring 2015, Porticos completed a year-long senior design sponsorship at North Carolina State University, challenging three students in the Department of Textile Engineering, Chemistry, and Science (TECS) with a real-world project. Seniors David Warren, PJ Burger, and Brian Kieber studied the Porticool vest, a Porticos invention introduced at the American Society of Safety Engineers conference in 2011 as the “World’s lightest untethered active cooling garment.” The students designed and tested improvements to conserve more of the vest’s cooling power while also exploring thermoelectric generators that could feed of the vest’s vast temperature differences.
Check out clips from the students’ senior design presentation:
By sponsoring this project, Porticos supported a real-world, goal-based project for these three students, challenging them with the kinds of technical problems, commercialization processes, and product design challenges that the Porticos engineers engage with every day.
Porticos has continued this sponsor tradition; click here to check out an update on the senior design team for 2016.
Porticos Sharing Knowledge
Porticos actively pursues opportunities to share our knowledge and experience with our community. Examples of Porticos’ commitment to educational opportunities include:
- Lecturing at PCB Carolina,
- Providing educational instruction and tours for the Research Experience for Teachers in Engineer (RET) / Young Scholars,
- Lecturing the United States Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO) Site-Experience-Educate (SEE) program,
- Authoring The Business of Ideas to inform inventors and aspiring entrepreneurs to the challenges of extracting revenue from their ideas.
We look forward to future opportunities to share with students, clients and peers, continuing to pass on lessons learned from our years of designing products in multiple markets.