Finalists Announced for Collegiate Inventors Competition
District of Columbia
Oct 15, 2012
The organizers behind the Collegiate Inventors Competition recently announced the finalists who will compete against one another during Global Entrepreneurship Week. The finalists--individuals or teams--in Graduate and Undergraduate Divisions receive an all-expenses paid trip to present their work to a panel of expert judges in Washington D.C.
One undergraduate winner or team will receive $12,500, with second and third place winners receiving $10,000 and $7,500. The top graduate winner will receive $15,000, with second and third place winners receiving $12,500 and $10,000.
2012 Collegiate Inventors Competition Finalists
The Lacertus Delivery System subcutaneously delivers a hydrophilic polymer to injured or severed peripheral nerves. The biocompatible, minimally invasive, and easily operated device will help to prevent amputations in both civilians and soldiers as the treatment is in experimental trials to validate its facilitation of nerve growth and regeneration.
This invention is an expandable hydrogel sphere designed for orbital tissue expansion in patients with anophthalmia and microphthalmia, the conditions of lacking an eyeball or having a small eyeball.
MAID (Magnet-Assisted Intubation Device) seeks to make intubation a safer, faster, and easier procedure by using a system of magnets to guide the endotracheal tube into the trachea, eliminating the need for a laryngoscope.
The Hi-Impact Shoulder Stabilization Brace is a self-applicable, low-profile brace designed for athletes who have experienced an anterior shoulder dislocation. The brace provides compressive support to the glenohumeral joint during activity to aid in prevention of secondary dislocations while still allowing athletes to perform at a high level.
The spherical drive system (SDS) is an electric motorcycle that maneuvers on spheres instead of traditional wheels. It couples MEMS gyroscopic sensors, accelerometers, and a computer control system to achieve stability and omnidirectional maneuverability absent in traditional motorcycles.
The FastStitch is a plier-like device that can drive and transfer a needle across its jaw, intended to provide improved fascia closure during abdominal surgery. With this device, surgeons will be able to close fascia more easily, safely, and consistently.
The ReHand uses CT scanning and 3D printing technologies to replicate an amputee's lost hand. Through a number of inventions, the prosthetic is not just innovative aesthetically, but innovative functionally and financially as well.
This invention enables electronically controlled internal combustion engines to operate effectively on fuels of different physical and chemical properties. The state of the art technology autonomously readjusts engine systems based on a combustion sensor to achieve goals in power, fuel economy, and reduced emission.
This invention is a rewritable and non-volatile data-storage device operating in living cells. The invention uses enzymes called recombinases to flip specific sequences of DNA back and forth at will.
This invention is a nanoparticle-based fluorescent probe that can significantly improve sensitivity in detecting diseased tissues in vivo, using a time-gated fluorescence imaging technique.
This biosensor measures the force that cells exert on their environment through specific chemical interactions. This tool allows the rapid imaging of force dynamics across entire cells and will be useful both for investigating how mechanical forces influence cell behavior as well as detecting abnormal cells, as in the case of cancer.
An aircraft disturbs the local atmosphere through which it flies creating a turbulent vortex at each wing tip known as a wake vortex; these vortices are essentially invisible horizontal tornadoes and are a grave threat to smaller aircraft, especially during landing and takeoff. This prototype of a novel, flight tested instrument dynamically tracks potential wake vortices and presents this information to the pilot in real time.
Nano-wiffle-balls offer a versatile therapeutic strategy based on hiding and protecting otherwise immunogenic non-human enzymes from the immune system and their delivery to the target. This simple yet effective approach can potentially be applied to the majority of cancers including blood cancers, solid tumors, and metastatic lesions with application-specific modifications.
Silver-based inks are the heart of the printed electronics industry but they are difficult and expensive to manufacture. Reactive silver inks are particle-free, can be patterned through fine nozzles, and are extremely simple to make resulting in high yields and increased performance for lower cost.