2018 Winners


Invisible Glass
Charles T. Black, Center for Functional Nanomaterials, Brookhaven National Laboratory, Upton, NY, USA; Andreas C. Liapis, Wellman Center for Photomedicine, Massachusetts General Hospital, Harvard Medical School, Cambridge MA, USA; Atikur Rahman, Department of Physics, Indian Institute of Science Education and Research, Pune, Maharashtra, India


Detecting Plastic Landmines
Jasper Baur, William Frazer, Tim deSmet, and Alex Nikulin, Binghamton, NY, USA

Honorable Mention – Aerospace & Defense Category

ABA Power
Jonathan Slocum, ABA Power, Bow, New Hampshire, USA

VForce® Green Clean Game Changing Technology
John Clark, Gamechanger Technologies Pty L, Clayton, Victoria, Australia

Pelican: A New Approach to Fueling Space Exploration
Alex Dworzanczyk, Huntsville, AL, USA

Composite Elastic Skins for Shape-Changing Structures
Christopher M. Cagle and Robin W. Schlecht, NASA Langley Research Center, Hampton, VA, USA


ISCAD - Electrical Drive with 0% Rare Earths, 25% Higher Driving Range, and 100% Safety
Adrian Patzak, Florian Bachheibl, Lena Honsberg, and team, VOLABO GmbH, Ottobrunn, Land Bayern, Germany

Honorable Mention – Automotive/Transportation Category

Smart Lightweighting of Cars with 200kg
Tim Vorage, DSM, Heerlen, Limburg, The Netherlands

Automotive Stampings: Stronger than Titanium, Lighter than Aluminum to Make Vehicles >100lbs Lighter
Gary Cola, Flash Bainite, Washington, MI, USA

Streamliners Incorporated Miniskirt: Aerodynamic Fuel Savings for All Types of Semi Trailers
Richard Himmelmann, Streamliners Inc., Beloit, WI, USA

FuelBOX : Smart and Connected Fuel Quality Sensor
Alain Lunati, Jean François Mascaro, Audrey Guerin, Xavier Capron, Marielle Chauvel, Cédric Puerto, Géraldine Frankidjian, Thierry Gergaud, Nathalie Almakdessi, and Nicolas Richard, SP3H, Paca, France


Aluminum Powered Electricity Generation
Peter Godart and Jason Fischman, Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT), Cambridge, MA, USA

Honorable Mention – Consumer Products Category

Box-less, Omnidirectional and Full-Range Speaker
John Gaudreault, Planot LLC, Omaha, NE, USA

Transparent Armored Building Blocks for a New World View
George Sturmon, Joshua Medling, Susan Schmidt, and Glenn Harris, Bleeding Edge EnSys LLC, Sullivan, MO, USA

Graphene Based Inks for Printed Electronics
Kaustubh Agrawal, Chhattisgarh, India

Vara: Revolutionary Firearm Safety
Timothy Oh, Christine Tate, and Jorel Lalicki, Clifton Park, NY, USA


Future Antenna Miniaturization Mechanism: Magnetoelectric Antennas
Hwaider Lin and Nian-Xiang Sun, Northeastern University, Boston, MA, USA

Honorable Mention – Electronics/Sensors/IoT Category

U-decipher Device for the Speech Impaired
Chidvilas Putta, DabEndue, Hyderabad, Telangana, India

Melni Connectors
Mark Melni, Cameron Williams, and Eric Smallwood, Melni LLC, Twin Falls, ID, USA

An Automated System for Printing of Nano and Microscale Electronics and Sensors
Ahmed Busnaina, Nano OPS, Inc. and Northeastern University; Krassy Petkov, Milara Inc., Newton, MA, USA

Ultra-Low Power Analog-to-Digital Converter with Nano-electromechanical Relays
Ren Li and Hossein Fariborzi, KAUST, Jeddah, Makkah, Saudi Arabia


Don't Melt. MELD.™
Nanci Hardwick, MELD Manufacturing Corp., Christiansburg, VA, USA

Honorable Mention – Robotics/Automation/Manufacturing Category

Origami Steel Method
Rob Wendt, Origami Steel Inc., Hebron, NH, USA

Augmented Associate: Wearable Embedded Sensors for Future Manual Assembly
Matthew Krugh, Clemson University, Greenville, SC, USA

RollnCoat: Roll-to-Roll Hybrid Plasma Modular Coating System for High-Performance Thermal Control Films
Der-Jun Jan, Cheng-Chang Hsieh, Wen-Fa Tsai, Jin-Yu Wu, Ching-Pei Tseng, Chia-Cheng Lee, En-Shih Chen, Tzong-Daw Wu, Deng-Lain Lin, Jiun-Shen Chen, Ming-Chung Yang, Po-Wen Chen, Yung-Ching Liu, and Min-Chuan Wang, Institute of Nuclear Energy Research, Taoyuan, Taiwan

High Reynolds Number Nanofiber Production Technique 
John Rawlins and Jinhee Kang, Concordia University, Montreal, Quebec, Canada


Implantable Sensor Technology Platform for Advanced Prosthetic Control
Alanie Atyabi, Brian Dearden, Dave Brown, Dave Melbye, Dianna Han, Ed Hillery, Emil Istoc, Greg Golamirians, Harshit Suri, Jaime Gutierrez, Joseph Calderon, Justin Loo, Mike Perrin, Patrick Nercessian, Sam Bowman, Sam Yang, Taunyia Woolfolk, Valma Klein, and Yesenia Acevedo, The Alfred Mann Foundation, Valencia, CA, USA

Honorable Mention – Medical Category

Stretchable Electronics for Stroke Recovery
Peter KunHyuck Lee, John A. Rogers, Steve Xu, and Xiaoyue Ni, Rogers Research Group, Evanston, IL, USA

SurgiBox: The Operating Room in a Backpack
Dr. Debbie Teodorescu MD/MEng, Sashidhar Jonnalagedda MS, Stephen Okajima MS, Prof. Mike Teodorescu, Dr. Suzanne Van Wijck MD, and Dr. Robert Smalley MD, SurgiBox, Cambridge, MA, USA

A Smart Point of Care Human Blood Analysis Device
Dr. Chung-Yan Koh, Sandia National Laboratories; Osmond Bullen, Globalhealthusa, Galloway, NJ, USA

Braiding Technology Based Stent Concept for Endoluminal Usage in Coronary Bifurcations
Marielies Becker, Fraunhofer TFK, Münchberg, Bavaria, Germany


Aerogels from Environmental Wastes for Novel Engineering Applications
Associate Prof. Hai Minh Duong and Prof. Nhan Phan-Thien, National University of Singapore (NUS), Singapore

Honorable Mention – Sustainable Technologies Category

Revolutionary, Eco-friendly and Non-toxic Glueless Bonding Technology to Replace Environmentally Challenging Adhesives
Espen Hvidsten Dahl, Mikkel Kongsfelt, Michael Kristensen, Mie Lillethorup, Stefan Urth Nielsen, and Bjørn Schytz Bruun, RadiSurf ApS, Arhus, Denmark

Phononic Vibes
Luca D'Alessandro, Giovanni Capellari, and Stefano Caverni, Phononic Vibes, Milan, Italy

Eggxellent Plastic
Sylvia Jung, Rice University, Houston, TX, USA

Traffic Aware Strategic Aircrew Requests (TASAR)
Mark G. Ballin and David J. Wing, NASA Langley Research Center, Hampton, VA, USA


Luggage Bot
Diptish Kaushik, Siddharth Chopra , Shubhendra Pratap Singh, and Nishant Kumar Singh, Dronacharya College of Engineering, Gurgaon, Haryana, India

Low-cost Advanced Space Suit for Skydiving and Space Jump
Nikolay Moiseev, Final Frontier Design, Brooklyn, NY, USA

Autonomous Precision Brain Surgery Robotic Platform End Effector
Viraj Lele, Adomas Povilianskas, Shantanab Dinda, Mustafa Rifat, and Zixuan Wan, Penn State University, State College, PA, USA

Aerogels from Environmental Wastes for Novel Engineering Applications
Associate Prof. Hai Minh Duong and Prof. Nhan Phan-Thien, National University of Singapore (NUS), Singapore

Sign Language Interpreter
Chesta Sagar, Anushka Bhardwaj, Deepanshi Yogi, and Neha Singh, Dronachaya College of Engineering, New Delhi, India

Stavatti SM-150 Next Generation Sportplane
Christopher Beskar, Stavatti Aerospace, Eagan, MN, USA

Aerodynamic Design of Flow Measurement Instrument with 12 Pressures Taping Approach for Mach Range of 0.3 to 2.5
Dr.Jv Muruga Lal Jeyan, Lovely Professional University, Punjab, India

Personal Transportation Electric Vehicle
Himanshu Purswani, Chandigarh, India

Design of Emergency Steering System for Heavy Duty Trucks
Abas Ahmad, Sapienza Università di Roma, Rome, Italy

Smart Grid
Deepak Tiwari, DCE , GURUGRAM, New Delhi, India