Summer 2014

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Matt Wilcox. Photo by Bruce Powell.

Diving Into Design: Matt Wilcox

“We just finished our season. I’m now a ‘swammer.’ I’ve had the chance to see that Northwestern really offers a world-class experience. And that’s in a multitude of areas. The NU for Life program, for example, helps student-athletes connect with alumni in their chosen industry to form connections and network.
“In a lot of Division I programs, you come in, you pump out your four years in the pool, and when you leave, you’re done. There’s a sense of family here at Northwestern that is really quite astounding and something I’ve really grown to enjoy. You’re not just here as an athlete, you’re here as a person.”

Men’s swim team captain Matt Wilcox, a mechanical engineering major from Bemidji, Minn., and his Design for America teammates developed Luna Lights, an automated lighting system that illuminates a pathway to the bathroom or other destinations when a person sits up in bed. He hopes to take Luna Lights to market.