UHMC baccalaureate students will host the third Innovation Day Conference this Thursday, May 1st – Saturday, May 3rd in the Kaʻaʻike building on campus. The series of events include project demonstrations of student work in electronics, optics, communication, space studies, agriculture and aquaponics, renewable energy, robotics, astronomy and related fields, as well as workshops and lectures by senior technology industry professionals. The public is invited to attend.

It’s an opportunity for the community and technology professionals to learn more about the latest innovations, and for engineering and science students to showcase their hard work, some with projects that took over a year to complete.

“Our goal is to connect students with senior industry professionals, and share what they’ve learned with the community,” said Dr. Anil Mehta, one of the faculty members in the STEM department at UHMC and a mentor to the students organizing the Innovation Day conference. “This gives them important feedback about their work, but also a wider perspective of the concepts they’re learning in the classroom.”

Lindsay Komai, a senior in the Engineering Technology program and volunteer for last year’s event, said, “By networking with global industry professionals of the world, you learn how to communicate briefly and effectively, you learn about team work and individual responsibility and above all to be a valuable member of the community by applying your knowledge for the good of the community.”

Industry professionals appreciate the opportunity to interact with the students as well. James Yenne, a former project manager at Microsoft Inc., enjoyed participating in the series last year and will do so again this year as a panelist. Yenne said, “I thought the event was well run and the exhibits were designed to help build understanding for the visitors. The students and exhibitors were helpful answering questions and took pride in their work.”

For more information and the latest complete schedule, visit maui.hawaii.edu/innovationday.