2019 Winners


The ULiSSES™ Device for Organ and Limb Preservation
Leonid Bunegin, Rafael J Veraza, and Tom DeBrooke, Vascular Perfusion Solutions Inc., San Antonio, TX, USA


The Foldable Drone: A Morphing Quadrotor that can Squeeze and Fly
Davide Falanga, Kevin Kleber, Stefano Mintchev, Dario Floreano, and Davide Scaramuzza, University of Zurich, Zurich, Switzerland

Honorable Mention – Aerospace & Defense Category

Exponential Engine
Frank Ardezzone, Santa Clara, CA, USA

Augmented Reality Monitoring System for Aircraft Wiring Maintenance
Daryian Rhysing, Evaguel Rhysing, and Donald DeVito, United Aircraft Technologies, Dover, DE, USA

Impregnated Epoxy Actuators Paired with a Sparse-Array Sensor Grid for Detection of Composite Barely Visible Damage
Zhaoyuan Leong, Nicola Morley, and Pratik Desai, University of Sheffield, Sheffield, UK

Controlled Flight into Terrain Prevention
Charles Wood, Orange, CA, USA


The World's First Standalone AC (Alternating Current) Battery

Tadashi Kubo and Farazane Taraie, AC Biode Ltd., Chiba, Japan

Honorable Mention – Automotive/Transportation Category

Camless Glide Valve Engine Technology
Jeff England, Robert G. McLean, and Gary Cotton, Grace Capital Partners, North Little Rock, AR, USA

Conrodless Ultra-Low-Vibration Engine Using Z Mechanism
Kyoko Yoshizawa, Takumi Yoshizawa, Yutaka Yoshizawa, and Satoshi Yoshizawa, Z Mechanism Technology Institute, Yonezawa, Japan

Reversible Magnetic Transmission for Electric Vehicles
Earl Douglass, Roller Clutch Tools, Auburn, CA, USA

Flit Lightweight Folding Ebike
Dave Henderson, Flit, Cambridge, UK


Carlos Edmar Pereira and Paulo Henrique Araujo de Menezes Rodrigues, Livox International LLC, Orlando, FL, USA

Honorable Mention – Consumer Products Category

The IFS: Learning Code without Screens from the Age of Three
Luis Martin, Esther Borao, Fergus Reig, and Borja Latorre, The IFs, Makeroni Labs, Zaragoza, Spain

Beddingo – The First Reinvention of Sheets in 100 Years
Yonatan Guy, Beddingo, Tel Aviv, Israel

Braille II
Aliaksei Khomchanka, Hamburg, Germany

Antoine Sayah, Beachill, Keserouan, Lebanon


Simple Cost-Effective Sensor for Early Detection of Battery Faults
Steve Risser, Jim Saunders, Alex Morrow, Kevin Spahr, Krista Smith, Russ Kittel, Ben Eisenmann, and Flora Li, Battelle, Columbus, OH, USA

Honorable Mention – Electronics/Sensors/IoT Category

Write Once Read Forever Archival Data Storage
Eric Rosenthal, Richard Solomon, Jonathan Smith, Clark Johnson, and Brian Solomon, Creative Technology LLC, Hockessin, DE, USA

Smart Beat
Nate Ruben, Smart Beat, Smithfield, UT, USA

Eye of Horus: Open Source Eye Tracking System
Jorge Mata Arribas, Luis Martín, Esther Borao, Fergus Reig, and Borja Latorre, The IFs, Makeroni Labs, Zaragoza, Spain

iAED – Life Saving Phone
Samantha J. Horseman, Curtis Gonter, Chris Adusei -Poku , Hawra Al Dawood, and Maryam Al Ghareeb, efactory IT Future Center, Dhahran, Saudi Arabia


High-Speed Joining of Metal to Plastics with the HPCI® Joining Gun
Philipp Goetze, Annett Klotzbach, and Maurice Langer, Fraunhofer IWS, Dresden, Germany

Honorable Mention – Manufacturing/Robotics/Automation Category

Puncture-healing Engineered Polymer Blends
Keith Gordon, Brian Grimsley, Roberto Cano, Michael Czabag, Emilie Siochi, Dennis Working, and Russell Smith, NASA Langley Research Center, Hampton, VA; Scott Savada and Timothy Scott, University of Michigan, USA

Solid State Batteries: Better, Faster, Cheaper Using Plastic Injection Molding Technology
Marc Jaker, JAKERTECH, New Brighton, MN, USA

AweSEM: Increasing Access to High-Resolution Imaging with a Low-Cost Scanning Electron Microscope
Casimir Kuzyk, Gabriel Robinson-Leith, Alex Dimitrakopoulos, David Weekes, Fabian Pease, and Alireza Nojeh, University of British Columbia, Vancouver, Canada

3D Printing Technology of the Future
Justin Nussbaum, Ascend Manufacturing, Knoxville, TN, USA


Cervical Stabilization Device (CSD)
Benjamin Booher, Scottsdale, AZ, USA

Honorable Mention – Medical Category

Monitoring of the Central Blood Pressure Waveform Via a Conformal Ultrasonic Device
Chonghe Wang, University of California San Diego, La Jolla, CA, USA

Apparatus and Method for Donning Hygienic Gloves
Martin Harrison and Steve B. Kalish, HYGIENEXT, Chicago, IL, USA

Biomimetic 3D-Printed Scaffolds for Spinal Cord Injury Repair
Jacob Koffler, Wei Zhu, Shaochen Chen, and Mark Tuszynski, University of California San Diego, La Jolla, CA, USA

Anthony Atala, Colin Bishop, Adam Hall, John Jackson, Sang Jin Lee, Sean Murphy, Tom Shupe, Aleks Skardal, Shay Soker, and James Yoo, Wake Forest Institute for Regenerative Medicine, Winston-Salem, NC, USA


Wave2O – Clean Water from Ocean Waves
Olivier Ceberio, Resolute Marine, Boston, MA, USA

Honorable Mention – Sustainable Technologies Category

A New Architecture for Safe Lithium-Ion Batteries
Carl Hu, Soteria Battery Innovation Group, Greenville, SC, USA

Energy-efficient “Greenest” Air Conditioner that Cools without Warming the Planet

Kian Jon Ernest Chua, National University of Singapore


Arvind Veluvali, Allison Lin, Sophia Zheng, William Brakewood, and Alexandra Rempe, Brown University; Cameron Park, Alexander Somero, Teaghan Cowles, and Cale Lester, Stanford University; Dominique WuDunn and Mary Elizabeth Adler, Princeton University; Lynn Rothschild, Patrick Brennock, and Tomasz Zajkowski, NASA Ames Research Center. USA

Engineering a Plastic-Eating Enzyme
Gregg Beckham, Bryon Donohoe, Nicholas Rorrer, William Michener, Michael Crowley, and Christopher W. Johnson. National Renewable Energy Laboratory; John McGeehan, Harry Austin, Mark Allen, and Alan Thorne, University of Portsmouth; Fiona Kearns, Benjamin Pollard, and H. Lee Woodcock, University of South Florida; Rodrigo Silveira and Munir Skaf, University of Campinas; Ramona Duman, Kamel El Omari, Vitaliy Mykhaylyk, and Armin Wagner, Diamond Light Source; Graham Dominick and Lilly Amore (formerly of National Renewable Energy Laboratory)


Life Shot: On-Site Tissue Repair Solution
Victor Manuel Castano, Enrique Isaza, and Duverney Gaviria, Biotriskel Biotechnologies, Pereira, Colombia

Automatic Counting Device
Champak Bora, Guwahati, India

Algae Biodiesel: A Sustainable Fuel for the Power Generation Sector
Alpesh Mehta and Nirvesh S. Mehta, Godhra, India

Crushing Bottles of Water and Aluminum/Paper Cans
Bbasali Bagheri and Vahid Asghari, Elmosanat, Qaem Shahr, Iran

Artificial Intelligence Multi-Meter
Shubham Avhad, Tanmay Gore, Vikrant Chincholkar, and Vedant Satpute, Pune, India

Flit Lightweight Folding Ebike
Dave Henderson, Flit, Cambridge, UK

Ice Tech
Alexander Vargas Almeida, Gladys del Carmen Velázquez López, Daniel Ceballo López, Alexis Eduardo del Río Olivé, José Manuel Candelero Sánchez, and Norma del Carmen Domínguez Rodríguez, Tabasco, Mexico

Eye Gaze Interactions
Irfan Ahmed, Hamza Ahmed, Adeel Ahmed Awan, Sana Nadeem, and Haziq Tanveer, Karachi, Pakistan

Camless Glide Valve Engine Technology
Jeff England, Robert G. McLean, and Gary Cotton, Grace Capital Partners, North Little Rock, AR, USA

Kiwi™ - Monitor what was Previously Impossible
Jonathan Gregg, Skyhawk, Derry, NH, USA