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Friday, September 29, 2017

Draper “Engineering Possibilities 2017” showcases bold solutions for the world’s greatest challenges, from space travel to cancer

Multidisciplinary engineering exhibition October 4–7, in Cambridge, MA

CAMBRIDGE, MA—It’s not every day that you can see so many technology and engineering breakthroughs in one place that are destined for outer space, ships at sea, self-driving cars, the doctor’s office and fast-moving drones. But those innovations and more will be on display at EP17, Draper’s annual technology showcase.

EP17 is open to the public October 4–7, from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. at 555 Technology Square in Cambridge. Visitors to EP17 will be offered a behind the scenes look at the bold solutions Draper’s engineers and scientists have developed—from space travel to accelerating the cure for cancer—and be invited to immerse themselves in interactive demonstrations and meet the experts at the forefront of technology.

EP17 will spark the interest and imagination of attendees from technical experts to members of the general public who want a sneak peek into the future of technology. Attendees will have the opportunity to engage Draper engineers regarding cutting-edge technologies—technologies that, if successful, will improve lives, change industries and push the boundaries of what is possible.

Kaigham J. Gabriel, President and CEO, remarked, “Draper celebrates innovation at EP17 and invites the community to join us in learning about the bold changes coming to our world. This year we will spotlight innovations in medicine, space exploration, self-driving cars, autonomous drones and many other products and technologies shaping the future. As you’ll see at EP17, that future is closer than you might think.”

No reservation is required to visit EP17 during public hours: Wednesday-Saturday, Oct. 4-7, 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Draper is a ten-minute walk from the Kendall/MIT subway station. Parking, for a fee, is available at many nearby lots, including in the Technology Square Garage, Technology Square, Cambridge, Mass. 

At EP17, Draper will invite attendees to tell a drone where to land and watch the drone use vision to guide itself to the specified location. At EP17, Draper will showcase Predict96, a device that can be seeded with cells modeling human organ systems, enabling researchers to rapidly test drug performance and toxicity.
Capabilities Used
Autonomous Systems

Draper combines mission planning, PN&T, situational awareness, and novel GN&C designs to develop and deploy autonomous platforms for ground, air, sea and undersea needs. These systems range in complexity from human-in-the-loop to systems that operate without any human intervention. The design of these systems generally involves decomposing the mission needs into sets of scenarios that result in trade studies that lead to an optimized solution with key performance requirements.  Draper continues to advance the field of autonomy through research in the areas of mission planning, sensing and perception, mobility, learning, real-time performance evaluation and human trust in autonomous systems.

Microsystems

Draper has designed and developed microelectronic components and systems going back to the mid-1980s. Our integrated, ultra-high density (iUHD) modules of heterogeneous components feature system functionality in the smallest form factor possible through integration of commercial-off-the-shelf (COTS) technology with Draper-developed custom packaging and interconnect technology. Draper continues to pioneer custom Microelectromechanical Systems (MEMS), Application-Specific Integrated Circuits (ASICs) and custom radio frequency components for both commercial (microfluidic platforms organ assist, drug development, etc.) and government (miniaturized data collection, new sensors, Micro-sats, etc.) applications.  Draper features a complete in-house iUHD and MEMS fabrication capability and has existing relationships with many other MEMS and microelectronics fabrication facilities. 

Biomedical Solutions

Draper’s Biomedical Solutions capability centers on the application of microsystems, miniaturized electronics, computational modeling, algorithm development and image and data analytics applied to a range of challenges in healthcare and related fields. Draper fills that critical engineering niche that is required to take research or critical requirements and prototype or manufacture realizable solutions.  Some specific examples are MEMS, microfluidics and nanostructuring applied to the development of wearable and implantable medical devices, organ-assist devices and drug-delivery systems. Novel neural interfaces for prosthetics and for treatment of neurological conditions are being realized through a combination of integrated miniaturized electronics and microfabrication technologies.

Materials Engineering & Microfabrication

Draper continues to develop its expertise in designing, characterizing and processing materials at the macro-, micro- and nanoscales. Understanding the physical properties and behaviors of materials at these various scales is vital to exploit them successfully in designing components or systems. This enables the development and integration of biomaterials, 3D printing and additive manufacturing, wafer fabrication, chemical and electrochemical materials and structural materials for application to system-level solutions required of government and commercial sponsors.

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