Aaron Brunner was just awarded his first patent for work he did at Spectrum Brands between his junior and senior year in college. The patent is a redesign of a hand-mixer blade. When given an opportunity to do some 3-D modeling with his work team at Spectrum Brands, Aaron suggested to his work team the concept of creating a helical blade. Some models were developed, which led to the patent. The redesign changed how the mixer redistributes the batter by funneling the batter up the blades instead of only circulating the batter on the horizontal plane. Aaron currently works for Milwaukee Forge. Aaron attributes his interest in engineering from his learning experiences at Whitewater High School. He credits Mr. Tony Tautges, WHS physics teacher, for showing him how science can be applied to everyday life. What’s next? Aaron believes the mixer will go into production but no release date is scheduled. Aaron is the son of Whitewater residents Kevin and Nancy Brunner.