Congratulations to our 2021 Winners!

A breakthrough technology out of UC Berkeley that could solve the plastics waste problem has been named this year’s Grand Prize Winner. See the full list of 2021 winners and most popular entries here. Also see the list of Top 100 highest scoring entries. Thank you to everyone who entered, and special thanks to our esteemed panel of judges.

2021 Create the Future Awards Presentation


The podcast series Here’s an Idea explores the story of RepelWrap, from early 10-centimeter prototypes to ongoing efforts at commercialization. In the episode, lead inventor Dr. Leyla Soleymani explains how a suggestion for biosensors turned into an invention that some are calling a "Teflon" for pathogens. Listen now.

Read About Past Winners’ Success Stories

Over the past 17 years, many innovators have used the recognition afforded by the contest to advance the development and marketing of their technologies. We highlight some success stories of past winners who have brought their inventions to the marketplace.

Click here to read more

Thank you from our Sponsors

“Design innovation is bringing a brighter future to businesses, people, and the planet. This year's Create the Future Design Contest shines the light on over a thousand innovators from around the globe and their brilliant designs. COMSOL is grateful to be a sponsor of the contest and we are delighted by the work of all participants contributing to a better tomorrow.”

— Bernt Nilsson, Senior VP of Marketing, COMSOL

“As a global distributor of new components and technologies, we are very excited to see the amazing ingenuity behind this year’s group of Create the Future entries. We'd like to congratulate the winners and commend the entrants for their creative designs. Engineers and innovators really deserve the credit for the incredible developments we are seeing today in electronic design.”

— Kevin Hess, Senior Vice President of Marketing, Mouser Electronics

Follow Create the Future

Naturally Supercavitated Platforms for Naval Applications

Votes: 15
Views: 8771

T-technology enables the controlled and natural supercavitation of submarine-launched torpedoes, projectiles, conveyances and platforms. Supercavitation refers to creation of a gaseous envelope (bubble) around a moving object, conveyance or projectile while submerged (underwater). T-technology enables use of a single-stage solid rocket engine in projectiles, conveyances or torpedoes. Prior efforts have resulted in production of functional torpedoes at the Institute of Applied Hydromechanics, Kiev. Present supercavitating torpedoes are reported to be capable of achieving speeds approaching 300 km/hr with this fact well established in the literature. The major objective in Phase I is to utilize new approaches and technological capabilities to configure T-technology designs so that such supercavitating objects can achieve the minimum speed of 600 kilometers per hour (1968.5 fps).

Due to recent advancements in both materials science and micro/macro-machining capabilities a next-generation torpedo comprising enhanced rotation of the craft around its main stationary axis will provide for extraordinary tactical accuracy as well as tactical counter-measure and ECCM. Further, projectiles, conveyances or torpedoes carrying a tactical warhead can be initiated by a timer or a radio signal and will be designed to include features that can neutralize, counter-measure or destroy any target or threat, a hostile submarine or incoming torpedoes, for example.

An additional feature is a pre-programmed self-destruct feature assuring technical security of this class of material asset, once deployed. The proposed high-speed underwater craft is guided by a programmable, on-board autopilot rather than by a homing head as with present-day, conventional torpedo designs. The above design features ensure total asset control ~ from asset deployment through and to the end of life cycle ~ leading to ‘mission accomplished’ objective(s). Due to superimposed series of the von Karman vortex streams (“streets”), a fully developed vaporous cavity at higher speed results in dynamically stretched bubble-covered whole T-craft that significantly reduces total drag force of two orders of magnitude. When the bubble flow is stable, i.e., not detaching from the T-craft surface, the transition to supercavitation is clearly detected by sonar-spectra spikes at the frequencies of 2.5 to 3.5 kHz, then the craft flies stably and controllably during the maneuver (at different attack and yaw angles) and the next speed transitions from subsonic to sonic speed. When launched (at initial low speed) supercavitation is initially induced and achieved by injecting (via gas-recycle system) a small portion of pressurized exhaust gas to the T-head (nose) emission platform/apparatus/assembly.

Long-term project goals are:
•Achieve stable and controllable dynamics of a supercavitating underwater T-projectile(s); •Achieve significantly higher speed, maneuverability and counter-measure capabilities in relation to target acquisition, distance, vectors and counter-counter measures;•Demonstrate that the newly-designed T-head configuration enables creation of a fully-developed supercavitation (SC) bubble (gas-envelope) surrounding the solid boundaries of the projectile;•Demonstrate that the projectile is hydro-dynamically self-controlled by means of the T-craft head;•Increase speed and roll-angle rotation up to 200 RPM around the longitudinal axis at variable combinations of attack-angle up to 20 degrees and yaw-angle up to 20 degrees;•Exploit hydrodynamic variables See:


  • Awards

  • 2014 Top 100 Entries


Voting is closed!


  • Name:
    Joseph Resnick
  • Type of entry:
    Team members:
    Dr. Joseph A Resnick, PI
    Dr. Murad Ismailov, Propulsion Designer
    Joyce Marie Mann, Robotics/Systes Design
  • Profession:
  • Number of times previously entering contest:
  • Joseph's favorite design and analysis tools:
    Pencil/Paper; Microscope/Slides
  • Joseph's hobbies and activities:
    luthiery, beekeeping, musician, fisherman, tinker
  • Joseph belongs to these online communities:
    Facebook; Twitter; LinkedIn
  • Joseph is inspired by:
    To create new and better products for "Duty and Humanity".
  • Software used for this entry:
  • Patent status: