Poor participated in ASU’s five-day virtual “Reimagine Smart Cities in a post-COVID World” engineering, technology and product design experience held January 4 to 8, 2021. The event was facilitated by industry professionals at Infosys, a global leader in next-generation digital services and consulting, and faculty from the Ira A. Fulton Schools of Engineering. Students had the opportunity to formulate and pitch ideas for employing high-tech devices and systems to better protect people in urban areas from pandemics.
“I was looking for opportunities to find a mentor,” Poor said. “My advisor sent me the [event] information and this sounded like fun and a great way to meet faculty.”
During Innovation Week, Poor learned key elements of design processes that companies use to formulate ideas for moonshot projects (ambitious, exploratory proposals) alongside other problem-solvers, engineers and designers. The ultimate goal was to imagine and pitch new technologies, environments, infrastructures and services that can make cities smart enough to keep us safe and healthy.
One of the things that attracted Poor to the event was her own background of public service.