Using your head: Student invents detection tool after concussion

Friday, December 2, 2016
TE 2013 Masters Graduate, Jessie Garcia

Jessie Garcia, ’12, wanted to graduate from Lehigh with a degree in global studies. She left with a master’s in technical entrepreneurship, a pending patent, the makings of her own sensor manufacturing company and a concussion.


Garcia was a member of the Lehigh rugby team in 2009 when she was struck by another player during a game. She said she doesn’t remember thinking it was that big of a deal.


“A couple of days later my coach called and said he had been watching the footage,” Garcia said. “He just kept saying ‘You got rocked.’ What freaked me out was that I didn’t realize I was hurt when I actually was really hurt.”


For Garcia, the physical pain wasn’t as much of a concern as the lack of resources available for concussion detection. Years later when she entered into the first cohort of the technical entrepreneurship graduate program, this issue would prompt her to work toward developing a tangible solution.