Wichita State interdisciplinary student team advances to top 10 in NASA SUITS Challenge for third time

Wichita State University proudly announced that its interdisciplinary student team, CosmoShox, has secured a spot in the top 10 teams in the NASA Spacesuit User Interface Technologies for Students (SUITS) Challenge. Organized by the College of Innovation and Design and guided by faculty members Kristyn Waits and Maggie Schoonover, the CosmoShox team is gearing up for the second phase of this competitive challenge.

CosmoShox is composed of exceptionally talented students composed of both undergraduate and graduate-level students representing a range of academic disciplines in four different WSU colleges:

  • Denae Sawyer, innovation design
  • Desmond Cockrell, graphic design
  • Elaine Duff, geology and planetary sciences
  • Elliott Chambon, aerospace engineering
  • Marianna Fronciani Farina, mechanical engineering
  • Nathan Lewis, innovation design
  • Savannah Denny, graphic design
  • Yumi Kikuchi Coronel, innovation design

“The inclusion of students with backgrounds in graphic design, geology, innovation design, aerospace engineering and mechanical engineering underscores the interdisciplinary nature of our approach to challenges,” said Dr. Jeremy Patterson, dean, College of Innovation and Design. “CosmoShox exemplifies the power of collaboration, and we are proud to support these students as they make significant strides in the NASA SUITS Challenge.”

If the CosmoShox team successfully passes their software design review with NASA in April, they will be invited to the Johnson Space Center in Houston for Test Week, an invaluable opportunity for hands-on testing and collaboration with leading experts in the field.