3D design alum wins award for design of Epi Auto-Injector

Thursday, November 19, 2015

Yale Shaw
Yale Shaw

University of Iowa 3D design alumnus Yale Shaw (BFA 13) was recently honored with a silver design award in the Spark World of Design's 2015 international awards competition, for his life-saving medical device, Epi. With more than 500 entries in 10 categories, Shaw's award places him in the top 5 percent of worldwide competitors.

The description of the device in Shaw's entry reads: "Epi is an auto-injection epinephrine device. It is more lightweight, stylish and accessible than previous similar devices, and users can carry it with confidence, and without social stigma. When the user senses an allergic reaction, Epi can quickly be accessed to inject epinephrine into his/her muscle tissue, temporarily neutralizing the reaction. Upon injection, Epi triggers its smartphone-integrated application to notify 911 emergency services of the user's exact location, allergy susceptibility, and personal information. This helps to expedite and reduce on-site emergency response time, thus saving lives."

While attending the UI, Shaw studied 3D design in the School of Art & Art History, part of the UI College of Liberal Arts & Sciences.






The College of Liberal Arts and Sciences at the University of Iowa is a comprehensive college offering 73 majors in the humanities; fine, performing and literary arts; natural and mathematical sciences; social and behavioral sciences; and communication disciplines. More than 17,000 undergraduate and 1,900 graduate students study each year in the college’s 37 departments, led by professors at the forefront of teaching and research in their disciplines. The college teaches all UI undergraduates through the General Education Program, and confers about 70 percent of the UI's bachelor's degrees each academic year.