Meet the Team

A committed group of senior engineering students at the University of Minnesota started this important work as part of their senior design class. Under the supervision of professional engineer Dawn Bardot, we’re bringing reality to the design in 2016.

 

Courtney

Courtney has accepted a full time position with Flint Hills Resources as a Maintenance Engineer, she stays actively involved on campus through her officer position in the American Society of Mechanical Engineers, as well as her membership in Gamma Phi Beta. Her other hobbies include snowboarding, rockclimbing, wakesurfing, and playing board games. She’s excited to be on this team with her peers and is looking forward to being a part of the first ever LacPod prototype!

 

Alex iAlexs active in Minnesota Microlenders: a non-profit student group that strives to alleviate poverty through financial empowerment of entrepreneurs in third world countries. His hobbies include film studies and running marathons. He is passionate about acoustics and is excited to help soundproof the LacPod to provide a comfortable, distraction-free space for mothers on campus.

 

Katie is especially interested in the social aspects of this project. A few of her hobbies are watercolor, music, and rollerblading. She is excited to help create a beautiful, clean, private space for lactating women, to find solutions that make them feel comfortable and safe. She's excited to raise awareness and create the first LacPod prototype for the mothers on campus.

Katie is especially interested in the social aspects of this project. A few of her hobbies are watercolor, music, and rollerblading. She is excited to help create a beautiful, clean, private
space for lactating women, to find solutions that make them feel comfortable and safe. She’s excited to raise awareness and create the first LacPod prototype for the mothers on campus.

 

Megan is excited to start as a Maintenance Engineer at Flint Hills ResourcMeganes after graduation. On campus, Megan plays hockey for the Women’s Club Ice Hockey team and holds officer positions in the American Society of Mechanical Engineers (ASME) and the engineering honor society Tau Beta Pi. On her free time, Megan fills her time with fishing, camping, skiing, and hiking with friends and family. She is excited to make a difference for mothers on campus with this project!

 

TianqiTianqi is an international student from China majoring in mechanical engineering. His hobbies are photography and swimming. He thinks people should pay more attention to lactating women, and that a lactation pod can significantly improve their feelings about privacy and comfort.

 

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3 thoughts on “Meet the Team

  1. Claire Hilgeman says:

    This is very cool, guys! I noticed one of your referenced articles mentions artwork. Maybe you could consider getting an art student to consult on your project for colors, artwork, etc. A student who has learned about the psychology of color would be a bonus!

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    • dawnbardot says:

      Hi Claire, thanks for your comment! We’re working with the Weisman Art Museum here on the University of Minnesota campus, and they’re creating art for the outside of the pod. Consulting an art student for colors and the psychology of color is a great idea! I’ll bring it up to the team.

      -Katie

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  2. Jennifer Callinan says:

    I just wanted to say thanks! I am having my first child in May and I am really nervous about space for lactation at work. I don’t have an office; I work in a cubicle out in the open at the U. Although the pod may not be completed in time for me to use, I can’t tell you how happy I am to hear that you are all working hard to find options for current and future lactating women like me.

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