OCT. 28 – Trine’s Innovation One (i1), an incubator for creativity, invention and design that improves education through
experiential learning and fosters economic development by supporting new and existing
business, recently shipped its first product, thanks to a partnership with a New York
Nick Santino, a 1965 grad of Tri-State, now Trine, and owner of Swimming Reaction Lights, LLC, based in Newark, N.Y., first approached i1 last year seeking assistance with
the design and engineering of a new product to better serve the needs of the competitive
swimming industry, especially the deaf or hard of hearing swimmer.
The lights are used as a starting device to signal swimmers during competition, enabling
them to focus on a light mounted beneath their stand instead of straining to listen
for a buzzer. Trine student Nathaniel Scroggins, an i1 intern, refined the original
prototype and re-engineered the lights to improve the aesthetics and functionality
of the product while lowering production costs.
As a result of the new partnership, Swimming Reaction Lights, LLC, moved its production
from Newark, N.Y., to Trine’s main campus and Scroggins, a Hanover senior majoring
in design engineering technology, has assumed responsibility for operating the startup
“Scroggins and other students are involved in all aspects of production, including
engineering, manufacturing, packaging and shipping. We’re proud to partner with SRL
to offer this type of support and we’ve already begun designing a new prototype adapting
the original design for use by other sports,” said Jason Blume, executive director
“This is yet another example of the success of i1 and in keeping with our original
desire to provide real world experiences for our students while growing the local
economy,” he added.