Clinic Success Stories

Over the past few years, Clinic project sponsors have begun publicizing successful projects through press releases, internal and external publications, and other sources. The following provides a sampling of Clinic Success Stories as well as general information published about the Clinic Program. For additional information, click on the link(s) by each success story.

Niagara’s Changeover Process Streamlined by Harvey Mudd Engineering Clinic Team

February 21, 2017 – During the 2016 Manufacturers’ Council of the Inland Empire award ceremony celebrating the most innovative businesses and leaders in the Inland Empire, participants of Harvey Mudd College’s 2015–2016 Engineering Clinic Program received an E=mc² Innovation Award for their ingenuity in solving a changeover problem for Niagara Bottling, LLC.

Harvey Mudd College Students Build Model for Testing Synchronization of Wireless Networks

MIT Lincoln Laboratory, June 1, 2016 – Students from Harvey Mudd College (HMC) visited Lincoln Laboratory on 4 May to present their conclusions from a yearlong clinic. The clinic program at HMC offers students the chance to pursue a project proposed and funded by industry sponsors. Working with staff from Advanced Concepts and Technologies, Group 39, the group of five students set out to create a way to model and test synchronization of wireless systems, which require aligning the time of digital clocks down to the nanosecond level.

What’s Over the Horizon?

Harvey Mudd College Magazine, Fall/Winter 2015: With a little help from Mudders, New Horizons has begun to unlock the mysteries of the farthest worlds ever explored by humankind.

Gaining Advantage in a Forensic Match Game

The MITRE Corporation, January 10, 2016 – Taking on MITRE’s challenge, Harvey Mudd College students deliver a formula for separating usable fingerprints from the smudges and smears. The process makes it easier for analysts to link prints to people.

An HPC Partnership: Harvey Mudd College and Livermore

Lawrence Livermore, June 9, 2015 – For the past nine months, a team of four undergraduate students from Harvey Mudd College have worked with Lawrence Livermore computer scientists to expand the functionality of the Conduit library, a new C++ library designed to help describe, access, and share scientific data in memory between applications, and to evaluate its usefulness in high-performance computing (HPC) applications. 

Quantum Computation has the Potential to Revolutionize Computing

Lockheed Martin, January 28, 2015 – Lockheed Martin tapped the Harvey Mudd Clinic Program to help them advance their understanding of quantum computing on the D-Wave system.

An Injectable Bandage Can Stop Heavy Bleeding in 15 Seconds

Smithsonian Online, February 12, 2014 – A new technology developed for the military has the potential to save soldiers from fatal gunshot wounds. Harvey Mudd College students who worked with RevMedX to fabricate a spongy material that’s coated with an antimicrobial clotting agent called chitosan.

VMware’s Project: A User Interface for vProbes

VMware Labs, July 8, 2013 — “The team of HMC undergraduates participating in the Computer Science Clinic investigated how to make vProbes accessible to non-programmers. In order to do this, it was decided to expose some of the vProbes functionality via a web-based user-interface. The project was completed at the end of HMC’s Spring semester in mid-May. After some start up challenges, the Harvey Mudd team created a prototype user interface, culminating in a successful demonstration at the end-of-Semester Projects Day 2013 at Harvey Mudd College and a ‘Tech Talk’ given by the students to VMware engineers in Palo Alto.”

Harvey Mudd and VMware

Laserfiche Rolls Out Clinic Team Mobile App: Laserfiche Mobile

Laserfiche, October 18, 2011 – “We had an excellent release after some finishing of the code from our 2009-2010 clinic for Laserfiche Mobile. We had to schedule some additional engineering for release and testing that started about 9 months after the clinic ended. Then it came out earlier this year and the look and feel and most of the code in the release was directly from the clinic team.”

Transparent Records Management Goes Mobile

Laserfiche Mobile

Sandia Sponsors Student Team in Year-Long Computer Science Clinic

ASCR Computing News Roundup, May 2011 – Sandia’s team investigated the feasibility of two-dimensional matrix partitioning for a wide range of problems. They implemented two-dimensional Cartesian and recursive bisection methods in the Trilinos solver framework’s Isorropia matrix-partitioning package, and evaluated the methods on parallel computers at NERSC.

Advanced Scientific Computing Research

Working with Students to Improve Indexing in Apache Hive

Palo Alto, CA – May 5, 2011 – In Facebook Engineering, we’re always looking for ways to expand our academic involvement beyond internships and research projects, so for the 2010-2011 academic year, we sponsored a team of four undergraduates as part of the Harvey Mudd Computer Science Clinic.

Facebook Engineering’s notes

Low-Cost Black Carbon Instrument

Boulder, CO – April 2010 – Some call it luck; others call it fate. For NOAA’s John A. Ogren ’74, coaching a team of student inventors at California’s Harvey Mudd College was merely a “remarkable set of coincidences.”


LANSCE proton accelerator

Claremont, CA – April 30, 2008 -The new Los Alamos Neutron Science Center exhibit, which opened Monday at the Bradbury Science Museum, includes a 12-foot full-color illustration describing how the LANSCE proton accelerator works; a fully interactive touch-screen station that offers three different interactive games for visitors, including the super-popular Drift Tube Game. The interactive touch-screen exhibit was developed by a LANSCE liaison team in collaboration with Harvey Mudd College. It was designed and built by a team comprised of five undergraduate students.

Picosat Project

CLAREMONT, Calif. — January 31, 2007 — An Engineering Clinic sponsored by The Aerospace Corporation at Harvey Mudd College led to the inclusion of camera boards on the latest deployment of two miniature satellites called picosats that took photographs of the Space Shuttle Discovery (STS-116) in December.

Clinic Leads to Shuttle Photos

Student Team Helps Break Ground on Chaotic Signals’ Effect on Radar

EL SEGUNDO, Calif. (7/19/06) — A student team, one of the few research teams in the world investigating the emerging concept of applying chaotic signals to radar systems, has presented and demonstrated its results.

The students are participating in an Engineering Clinic at Harvey Mudd College in Claremont, California, sponsored through The Aerospace Institute’s Corporate University Affiliates Program, or CUAP. The program provides students the opportunity to work on and suggest improvements to technical projects. Clinic members have also been recruited to work at The Aerospace Corporation.

Article Captures May 10th Applied Optics Cover

Los Alamos National Laboratory—May 10, 2006—A paper co-authored by LANL staff members Scott Greenfield (C-ADI) and Aaron Koskelo (N-3) was featured on the cover of the May 10th edition of the journal Applied Optics. The paper is titled, “Three-wavelength electronic speckle pattern interferometry with the Fourier-transform method for simultaneous measurement of microstructure-scale deformations in three dimensions,” and it describes a new method of capturing 3D displacement maps of deformations at high speed.

The method uses three interferometers and three different wavelengths of visible light captured by CCD cameras to create the images. It requires no mechanical adjustments between frames and will be used in imaging grain-level deformations in materials during energetic events and in studying the mechanics of creep in polycrystalline films. The system was built at Harvey Mudd College (HMC) as a HMC Engineering Clinic Project in collaboration with Greenfield and Koskelo.

Harvey Mudd College and VIASPACE Collaborate on Fuel Cell Cartridge Technology

PASADENA, CA.—May 4, 2006—VIASPACE Inc. (OTCBB symbol VSPC), a company that transforms proven space and defense technologies from NASA and the Department of Defense into hardware and software solutions that solve today’s complex problems, announced today that its subsidiary company Direct Methanol Fuel Cell Corporation (DMFCC) has received important cartridge technology from a Harvey Mudd College Engineering Clinic design team. The team, sponsored by DMFCC, completed a year-long project to develop innovative tamper/child resistance and authentication features for fuel cell cartridges designed to be used in portable electronics.

VIASPACE Press Release: Harvey Mudd College and VIASPACE Collaborate on Fuel Cell Cartridge Technology

What’s in a face? Aerospace Collaborates with Students to Use Computer Technology to ID Characteristics

EL SEGUNDO, Calif. (3/15/06) – – Our unique facial characteristics are the focus of a collaborative project between The Aerospace Corporation and students from Harvey Mudd College, located in Claremont, California.

The project is called High Performance Biometric Face Recognition via Grid Computing Technology. The students recently shared the technical computing challenges of the project and their progress with members of The Aerospace Corporation’s technical staff. The college students are participants in The Aerospace Institute’s Corporate University Affiliates Program (CUAP) Computer Science Clinic.

Harvey Mudd College Receives AMS Award for Exemplary Program or Achievement in a Mathematics Department

Providence, RI—December 1, 2005—The American Mathematical Society (AMS) presents its first Award for an Exemplary Program or Achievement in a Mathematics Department to Harvey Mudd College in Claremont, California. The Mathematics Department at Harvey Mudd College excels in numerous dimensions. Its exciting programs have led to a doubling of the number of math majors over the last decade. Currently more than one out of every six graduating seniors at Harvey Mudd College majors in mathematics or in new joint majors of mathematics with computer science or mathematical biology. Furthermore, about 60% of these math majors continue their education at the graduate level.

The Harvey Mudd College Mathematics Clinic has served as a trailblazer and a model for other programs for more than thirty years. This innovative program connects teams of math majors with real-world problems, giving students a terrific research experience as well as a glimpse at possible future careers. Undergraduate research is a theme throughout the mathematics program at Harvey Mudd College, as exemplified by the over twenty papers published in the last three years by Harvey Mudd College mathematics faculty with student co-authors.

AMS Press Release

Direct Methanol Fuel Cell Corporation (DMFCC) has become a sponsor of the Engineering Clinic program at Harvey Mudd College

PASADENA, CA—September 8, 2005—VIASPACE Inc. (OTCBB symbol VSPC), a company that transforms proven space and defense technologies from NASA and the Department of Defense into hardware and software solutions that solve today’s complex problems, announced today that its subsidiary company Direct Methanol Fuel Cell Corporation (DMFCC) has become a sponsor of the Engineering Clinic program at Harvey Mudd College. The announcement was made by Dr. Carl Kukkonen, CEO of VIASPACE and DMFCC.

VIASPACE Press Release: VIASPACE Subsidiary Collaborates with Harvey Mudd College

HMC Clinic Team Makes “French Connection”

June 10, 2005—CLAREMONT, Calif, —Members of a Harvey Mudd College Clinic team made a trip to the Paris Observatory in Meudon, France, in May to present the results of their research.

The team, advised by J. Stanley and Mary Wig Johnson Associate Professor of Engineering Management Patrick Little shared with members of the French astronomy community the results of their project for NASA JPL Polar.

The project, titled “Antarctic Plateau Interferometer Concept Study,” involved testing and designing a system to safely package and ship the new interferometer from Tasmania to Dome C in Antarctica, where it will be set up and take advantage of the site’s clear view into space.

The District has supported the engineering clinic annually for 13 years by giving juniors, seniors and graduate students real world projects that benefit IRWD.

Irvine, CA–June 2005–The Harvey Mudd students made a presentation on alternative supervisory control and data acquisition backup methods for reservoir monitoring.

Students Shine In Company-backed Biotech Venture

The Business Press—Monday, May 16, 2005—An Upland biotechnology company hopes to sell lights invented by Harvey Mudd College students to fight cancer and other ailments.

UVP Inc. in 2004 hired a team of junior and senior students through the Clinic Program at Harvey Mudd in Claremont to design systems that illuminate genetic markers in plants and animals.

FirstLight™ UV Illuminator Wins the Photonics Circle of Excellence Award

Upland, CA, April 5, 2005 – UVP Inc. received the 2004 Photonics Circle of Excellence Award for its FirstLight™ UV Illuminator, mention of the award is included in this month’s issue of Photonics Spectra Magazine. The annual awards sponsored by Laurin Publishing honor the 25 most technically innovative products of the year.

KGI Press Release (pdf)

TestosterICs: A Low-Cost Functional Chip Tester

March 2003–The Asynchronous Research Group at Sun Microsystems Laboratories encountered similar problems with chip testing. The group builds asynchronous circuits with multi-GHz throughput that scales with operating voltage and temperature. The chips are configured through scan chains, and then observed on a few high-speed output pins. Although Sun has high-end IC testers, product teams get priority access to the tester time. The group formerly used a MacTester [2] system combined with level conversion boards. Sun Labs sponsored two engineering clinic projects at Harvey Mudd College to build TestosterICs, a better chip tester that supports variable voltage operation, handles more pins, and is easier to use.

Tiny Camera Observes Worms Spinning at 100 Times Earth’s Gravity

NASA September 16, 2002–When Conley was planning her current experiments that utilize a smaller, desktop centrifuge, she realized she would need a camera no bigger than an ice cube that could broadcast signals from the spinning apparatus to a TV monitor and recorder in real time. So she turned to the Student Engineering Clinic at Harvey Mudd College to produce the camera system. Five Harvey Mudd students spent an academic year on the project. They bought off-the-shelf components, but they had to overcome several engineering challenges to enable the system to work well.

NASA publication

Tester Developed at Harvey Mudd College for DIRECTV Goes From Prototype to Pre-production in Only a Year; Device Makes Checking Satellite Signals for TV Easy, Quick and Cheap

From: Business Editors & Education/Television Writers
CLAREMONT, Calif. — (BUSINESS WIRE) —July 5, 2000 – – DIRECTV had a problem. The nation’s leading satellite television provider wanted to find an easier way to check the digital signal quality and the RF signal amplitude of a television signal after it was received from one of its satellites and distributed throughout a building or single-family home.

Enter Harvey Mudd College (HMC) and its innovative Clinic Program, in which teams of students get hands-on experience working with companies and agencies to solve “real world” technical challenges encountered in the private or public sectors.

DIRECTV asked a team of Harvey Mudd College students to develop a portable meter that could be easily used by a technician and can measure both digital signal quality and amplitude.

In less than a year, the students produced a working prototype of a hand-held digital signal meter. DIRECTV was so pleased with the result that they contacted several manufacturers to explore production of the meter based on the original HMC design prototype and approach.

Business Wire, Date: 7/5/2000

NSF Recipients of Awards for the Integration of Research and Education

National Science Foundation–September 23, 1998–Harvey Mudd College has extended its Engineering Clinic, a program in which teams of students practice their profession by working on real problems for real clients, to other scientific disciplines. The college also produces “Future Watch,” a half-hour weekly radio and cable television broadcast to inform the public on current issues in science, technology and the environment.

NSF Press Release

Irvine Ranch Water District web site now online

IRVINE, Calif. —August 1998—Customers of Irvine Ranch Water District (IRWD) can now access their water account online through IRWD’s new Web site at Customers may check their account balance and review their water usage history electronically through a password-protected portion of the site.