Chris Yakacki, associate professor of mechanical engineering, spoke at an NFL Symposium in Youngstown, Ohio last week, kicking off the NFL Helmet Challenge.
Attendees included members from start ups, additive manufacturing companies, design and software companies, academics, former NFL players, the military, and more. The symposium served as the official launch of the challenge, $3 million innovation challenge that aims to stimulate the development of a new player helmet designed to outperform all helmet models currently worn by NFL players.
Yakacki’s startup company Impressio, Inc. and the college intend to compete with a focus on the materials inside the helmet. The challenge culminates in the summer of 2021 with awards of up to $1 million.
At the CU Denver College of Engineering, Design and Computing, we focus on providing our students with a comprehensive engineering education at the undergraduate, graduate and professional level. Faculty conduct research that spans our five disciplines of civil, electrical and mechanical engineering, bioengineering, and computer science and engineering. The college collaborates with industry from around the state; our laboratories and research opportunities give students the hands-on experience they need to excel in the professional world.