2008 Category Winners

CONSUMER PRODUCTS CATEGORY

Universal Proprietary Water Purifying/Conditioning Multimedia for Bottled Water
Jim Jablonsky, J&M Associates, Hatfield, PA

Filter paper based on nanotechnology is inserted in the drinking cap of a bottle of water to inexpensively and easily remove heavy metals, arsenic, mercury, bad tastes, and odors.

MACHINERY/EQUIPMENT CATEGORY

Small Area Thin-Film Heat Flux Sensor
Mahmoud Assaad, The Goodyear Tire & Rubber Co., Akron, OH
Novel sensor enables engineers to identify critical high-temperature zones within a tire structure to design safer tires for cars, trucks, and aircraft.

MEDICAL CATEGORY

Pediatric Vision Screener – Mark V
Kristina Irsch, Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine, Baltimore, MD
The PVS simultaneously detects proper alignment and focus of infants’ eyes, enabling early detection of amblyopia or “lazy eye” – the leading cause of vision loss in childhood.

SAFETY & SECURITY CATEGORY

Electronic Fog, Frost, and Ice Prevention Technology
Don Skomsky, Integrity Engineering, Inc., West Chester, PA
Tested successfully on Mount Everest (mountain climbers’ goggles), this energy-efficient device predicts and prevents the formation of condensation, frost, and ice on any surface.

SUSTAINABLE TECHNOLOGY CATEGORY

Efficient Air Conditioner
Lindsay Meek, Perth, Australia
Meek’s design reduces power consumption 30% by replacing the traditional reciprocating compressor with a permanent magnet motor coupled to a scroll compressor.

TRANSPORTATION CATEGORY

Movito Electric Scooter
Tai Chiem, Melbourne, Australia
Designed for traveling short distances in and around cities, this sleek, environmentally friendly scooter features an electric in-wheel motor.