2023 Winners


A New Treatment Approach for Spinal Cord Injury
Johannes Dapprich, Elaine Brock, Jay Trautman, Jason Puchalla, Eve Tsai, and William S. Brown, Neuropair Inc., Princeton, NJ, USA


Zulu Pods Are the World’s First Decentralized Lubrication System
Tyrone Fitzgerald and Daniella Sladen, Zulu Pods, Fort Lauderdale, FL, USA

Honorable Mention – Aerospace & Defense Category

AeroFeathers: 3D Printed Airfoils Inspired by the Quiet Flight of Owls
William Johnston, Gabrielle Mathews, Laura Nobles, Maria Carrillo-Munoz, and Brisham Sharma, Michigan Tech University, Houghton, MI, USA

Liconic Power Unit for UAV Batteries Replacement
Joao Arruda, Liconic Technology, Sao Paulo, Brazil

Proflex Prometheus – the Ultimate in High Energy Delivery Fiber Optics
Stephen Griffin, InnovaQuartz, Phoenix, AZ, USA

Shape Memory Alloy Assisted Geometric Docking Adapters
Athip Thirupathi Raj, Nicolas Gross, Jaret Rickel, Conner Sturgeon, and Jekan Thangavelautham, University of Arizona, Tucson, AZ, USA


Ganaio High-Output Regenerative Damper
John Gewarges, Ganaio, El Cajon, CA, USA

Honorable Mention – Automotive/Transportation Category

ZEDS – Zero Emission Driving System
Henrique De Carvalho Pinheiro, Massimiliana Carello, and Giovanni Imberti, Politecnico di Torino, Torino, Italy

Novel Electrical Steel Core Lamination Manufacturing Method
Youliang He, Damir Sebesta, and Maciej Podlesny, CanmetMATERIALS, RNCan, Ontario, Canada

Easy Power Plus Hydrogen Disruptor Engine
David Bosley, Aeroflux LLC, Columbus, IN, USA

Hybrid Transmission System for Blending Torque and Power Efficiency Between Engines & Final Transmission Shaft
Carlos Juni, Two Heads LLC, Buenos Aires, Argentina


Safely Watch and Prioritize Maintenance with AI Deep Learning and Low-cost Passive RF Wireless Vibratory Strain Sensors
Reamonn Soto, Taofeek Orekan, and Azryana Soto, Sensatek, Daytona Beach, FL, USA

Honorable Mention – Electronics Category

SwellSense: Creating 2.5D Interactions with Micro-capsule Paper
Tingyu Cheng, Hyunjoo Oh, Gregory Abowd, Clement Zheng, Zhihan Zhang, Bingrui Zong, Yuhui Zhao, and YeJun Kim, Georgia Institute of Technology, Atlanta, GA, USA

Ultrafast Optical Transistor and Data Encoding
Mohammed Hassan, University of Arizona, Tucson, AZ, USA

PCB Probe Tester – a Compact Desktop System that Helps with Automatic PCB Debugging
Fangzheng Liu and Joseph Paradiso, MIT Media Lab, Cambridge, MA, USA

Yanghsi Su, Euiseok Huang, and Alanson Sample, University of Michigan, Ann Arbor, MI, USA


TenseFlatables: 3D Printed Tensegrity-Assisted Inflatable Structures
William Johnston, Michigan Tech University, Houghton, MI, USA

Honorable Mention – Manufacturing & Materials Category

New Plastic-Metal Composite 3D Printing Technology
Kewei Song, Shinjiro Umezu, Hirotaka Sato, and Marc Josep Montagut Marques, Waseda University, Tokyo, Japan

Ultra-lightweight Carbon Fiber Reinforced Thermoplastic Composite Door Assembly
Sai Aditya Pradeep, Amit Deshpande, Madhura Limaye, Anmol Kothari, Aditya Yerra, Lukas Fuessel, Pal Swaminathan, Ryan Hahnlen, Duane Detwiler, Shridhar Yarlagadda, Gang Li, and Srikanth Pilla, Clemson Composites Center, Greenville, SC, USA

SI-LINK DFDF-5451 NT Faster Curing Ethylene Copolymer
Bharat Chaudhary, Sai Pappu, Peter Dreux, Kurt Bolz, Rajesh Paradkar, Arkady Krasovskiy, Marcio Alves, Ernesto Roman, Luis Vargas, Abhijit Ghosh-Dastidar, and Saurav Sengupta, The Dow Chemical Company, Collegeville, PA, USA

Patented Ceramic Grease
Rick Pelfrey, TriboDyn Inc., Mooresville, SC, USA


A Salivary Test for Brain Health
Damir Janigro and Robert Schmidt, Flocel Inc., Cleveland, OH, USA

Honorable Mention – Medical Category

A Master Metric Predicting Lifespan
Jess Goodman, VitalSines Inc., Ontario, Canada

POPSafe Endotracheal Tubes – Preventing Accidental Anesthesia/Ventilator Disconnections
Kay Fuller, Smart Bridge Medical Inc., Ann Arbor, MI, USA

FluShield Antiviral Chicken Feed Additive
Haichuan Yang, Cubist Systematic Strategies, Long Island City, NY, USA

Continuous, Pain-free Monitoring of Thyroid Hormones Using a Novel Biowearable
Cameron West and Ali Dabas, Integrated Molecular Innovations (imi), Clarksville, TN, USA


Patchflow Robotics for In-pipe Leak Repair
Rory Bateman, Imperial College London, London, UK

Honorable Mention – Robotics & Automation Category

Parrot-inspired Robot for Mobile Tool Manipulation
Clyde Webster, Crest Robotics, New South Wales, Australia

Highly Maneuverable Electric VTOL Robotic Aircraft for Helicopter Impenetrable Environments
Alex Ramirez Serrano, University of Calgary, Alberta, Canada

BioRobotic Solution for Space Subsurface Exploration
Mohamed Alkalla, Mansoura University, Egypt

Intuitive Human-Robot Collaboration through Example-Driven Learning
Caitlin Dawson and Heramb Nemlekar, University of Southern California (USC), Los Angeles, CA, USA


Leakproof Valve
Ned Davis, Maui Innovation Group Inc., Kihei, HI, USA

Honorable Mention – Sustainable Technology Category

Direct Seawater Electrolysis System with High-current-density Capability
Nobuhiko Kobayashi and Søren Tornøe, University of California Santa Cruz, Santa Cruz, CA, USA

Nano-fibrous Biopaint for Zero-electricity Cooling
Andrew Caratenuto and Yi Zheng, Planck Energies Inc., Canton, MA, USA

Solaris – Solar-powered Hydrogen Peroxide Water Purification System
Zalkar Azizbekov, Messina University, Messina, Italy

Ionic Mineral Technologies’ Next-generation Battery Material: the Nano-Silicon Revolution
Bathen Lankry and Jake Entwistle, Ionic Mineral Technologies, Vineyard, UT, USA


Portable Multiple Saw “LION-GREEN J-1”
Jonar Cubillan, 3JC Technologies, Maracaibo, Venezuela

Advanced Drive Cycle Generation Device
Robert Michael Corpus and Meldanette Bayani, PUP, Manila, Philippines

Air Ionization in Air Breathing Plasma Thruster
Anmol Taploo, Michael Keidar, Li Lin, Vikas Soni, George Washington University, Washington, DC, USA

Inkjet Printed SERS Substrate & Raman Spectrometer to Detect Food Contamination
Tony Francis, CheckAg Pvt Ltd.. Bangalore, India

SMARTRIX® Empowers Color-blind Drivers to Safely Drive
Renato Openiano, Orentrix, San Diego, CA, USA

Pnoi-phone: a Breath-based Device for the Diagnosis and Monitoring of Asthma
Veerababu Dharanalakota, Jeevan K, Prasanta Kumar Ghosh, Uma Maheswari Krishnaswamy, and Mohammad Shaique Solanki, Indian Institute of Science, Bengaluru, India

Digital Portable Patient Folder Using NFC Technology
Yaw Antwi Adjei, Data Catalyst, Accra, Ghana

Automated Poultry Feeding System Using Microcontroller-based SmartFlock Technology
Robert Michael Corpus and Meldanette Bayani, PUP, Manila, Philippines

Ultra-lightweight Carbon Fiber Reinforced Thermoplastic Composite Door Assembly
Sai Aditya Pradeep, Amit Deshpande, Madhura Limaye, Anmol Kothari, Aditya Yerra, Lukas Fuessel, Pal Swaminathan, Ryan Hahnlen, Duane Detwiler, Shridhar Yarlagadda, Gang Li, and Srikanth Pilla, Clemson Composites Center, Greenville, SC, USA

Mushroom-based Paper
Terlumun Nor, Makurdi, Nigeria