Collegiate Inventors Competition

2014 Finalists

Meet the students who will compete in Washington D.C., and find out why their inventions stand out among this year’s most inspiring entries.

Undergraduate FINALISTS

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Anvesh Annadanam
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Ravi Gaddipati
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Luis Herrera
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Eric Xie
ENTRY NAME:
AccuSpine
SCHOOL:
Johns Hopkins University

ADVISOR NAME:
Robert H. Allen
ENTRY DESCRIPTION:
Spinal fusion surgery requires pinpoint accuracy. That's why AccuSpine is designed to provide surgeons with unprecedented real-time, continuous feedback for the accurate placement of surgical screws. The result: fewer damaged nerves and arteries due to misplaced screws. All at lower cost and greater safety for doctors – and patients.
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Katherine Cagen
ENTRY NAME:
Ferrotouch
SCHOOL:
Harvard University

ADVISOR NAME:
Daniela Faas
ENTRY DESCRIPTION:
Ferrotouch is about to give people with visual impairments the graphic equivalent of braille, the ability to feel an image. The Ferrotouch display uses iron-fluid-filled pixels, each controlled by a tiny magnet. Turn on the magnet and the pixel forms a bump – one of many that puts a diagram literally at your fingertips.
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Emily Cen
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Forrest Miller
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Elsa Swanson
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David Xing
ENTRY NAME:
TKAone
SCHOOL:
Columbia University

ADVISOR NAME:
Aaron M. Kyle
ENTRY DESCRIPTION:
The post-surgical infection of artificial knee joints is a major reason why knee replacement surgery fails. TKAone is the first orthopedic implant that can detect such infections and immediately alert patients to the need for treatment. This early warning system will reduce failed surgeries, and have patients walking again sooner.
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Will Doniger
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Brian Pekron
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Eric Ronning
ENTRY NAME:
Remex Mixer
SCHOOL:
University of Wisconsin-Madison

ADVISOR NAME:
Thomas R. Mackie
ENTRY DESCRIPTION:
When engineers mix materials, whether making pharmaceuticals or in wastewater treatment, they need the perfect flow. The Remex Mixer provides a gentler, energy efficient flow that optimizes mixing. It's the industrial equivalent of a countertop mixer that produces the perfect smoothie - with applications from petrochemicals to fragile biotechnologies.
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Chase DuBois
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Jorge Martinez-Blat
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John Pamplin
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Christopher Roberts
ENTRY NAME:
Volumetric: High-Accuracy, High-Precision, Low-Cost, Handheld Drug Delivery
SCHOOL:
University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill

ADVISOR NAME:
Devin Hubbard
ENTRY DESCRIPTION:
Adding just the right dose is critical when it comes to mixing chemotherapy drugs for cancer treatment. VoluMetric is putting advanced volume-measurement technology in nurses' hands. A special sensor attached to a syringe measures the amount of fluid to within less than one-percent of weight. It's the right dose, every time.
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Taylor Fahey
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Charles Haider
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Cedric Kovacs-Johnson
ENTRY NAME:
Spectrom: Low-Cost, High-Precision, On-Demand Full Color 3D Printing
SCHOOL:
University of Wisconsin-Madison

ADVISOR NAME:
Tim A. Osswald
ENTRY DESCRIPTION:
Industrial 3D printing is about to get a lot more colorful. Spectrom is the first device that enables Fused Deposition Modeling, or additive 3D printers, to print in full, variable color. The technology leverages the precise application and rapid changing of proprietary dyes to create crisp, multi-colored objects.
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Ryan Gedney
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Charles Laughlin
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Nicholas Marais
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Taylor Pate
ENTRY NAME:
Insita Pro: Arthroscopic Surgical Tool to Enhance the Repair of the Rotator Cuff
SCHOOL:
Clemson University

ADVISOR NAME:
John D. DesJardins
ENTRY DESCRIPTION:
Surgeons usually fix a torn shoulder tendon (rotator cuff repair) using arthroscopic surgery, working through just a button-hole-sized incision. Now, Insita Pro provides the first standardized method to hold, fold and deliver repair materials through this tiny incision. The technology will reduce operating times and increase surgical success rates, all at minimal cost.

GRADUATE FINALISTS

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James Allen
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Martin de la Presa
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Ahrash Poursaid
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Nate Rhodes
ENTRY NAME:

LIGHT LINE Catheter™

SCHOOL:
University of Utah

ADVISOR NAME:
John Langell
ENTRY DESCRIPTION:
Catheters – thin plastic tubes – are among the most commonly used and important medical tools. Yet, catheter-related bacterial infections kill thousands of American hospital patients every year. LIGHT LINE Catheter will go a long way to preventing this. The light-therapy sterilization system targets and kills the bacteria that cause these infections.
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Keith A. Brown
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Xing Liao
ENTRY NAME:

The Desktop Nanoprinter

SCHOOL:
Northwestern University

ADVISOR NAME:
Chad Mirkin
ENTRY DESCRIPTION:
As technologies like computer chips get smaller and smaller, the ability to quickly make tiny structures is increasingly important. The Desktop Nanoprinter provides a tool for engineers to create nano-prototypes with the touch of a button. The nanoprinter uses thousands of tiny, independently controlled beams of light to write nano-scale features.
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Keith Hearon
ENTRY NAME:

Sustainable Nanocomposite Performance Plastics

SCHOOL:
Massachusetts Institute of Technology

ADVISOR NAME:
Duncan Maitland
ENTRY DESCRIPTION:
Imagine a durable, biodegradable plastic bag made from orange peels. That's the future with Citrene™, a new family of plastics made from a naturally occurring citrus rind extract. This sustainably sourced plastic could soon be used in applications from medical devices to protective coatings, and of course, bags for oranges.
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George Korir
ENTRY NAME:

Punch Card Programmable Microfluidics

SCHOOL:
Stanford University

ADVISOR NAME:
Manu Prakash
ENTRY DESCRIPTION:
Worldwide, nearly half of children who die under the age of five—98% of these in developing countries—are newborns. Punch Card Programmable Microfluidics technology is designed to change this. A simple-to-use, remarkable low-cost technology, it employs paper punch cards and a hand-crank system for the rapid and accurate diagnosis of neonatal sepsis.
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Rahul Mukherjee
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Eklavya Singh
ENTRY NAME:

Advanced All-Carbon Lithium Ion Batteries

SCHOOL:
Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute

ADVISOR NAME:
Nikhil Koratkar
ENTRY DESCRIPTION:
As anyone with a smart phone knows, the Holy Grail of battery technology is faster charging and longer lasting. The Advanced All-Carbon Lithium Ion battery technology uses a mix of materials to deliver both. It's a biodegradable "green" chemistry combination, with no toxic metals, for abundant electricity on the go.
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Alexander R. Nectow
ENTRY NAME:

Retro-TRAP: Molecular Profiling of Neurons Based on Connectivity

SCHOOL:
The Rockefeller University

ADVISOR NAME:
Jeffrey M. Friedman
ENTRY DESCRIPTION:
For new treatments of brain diseases from depression to Parkinson's, neuroscientists need to determine how brain cells, or neurons, are both physically and functionally connected. Retro-TRAP provides the route to this 21st century view of our brains. It enables the ability to profile neuron types based on their connectivity in the brain.
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Katarzyna M. Sawicka
ENTRY NAME:

Immuno-Matrix

SCHOOL:
SUNY Stony Brook University

ADVISOR NAME:
Sanford R. Simon
ENTRY DESCRIPTION:
Imagine vaccination without a needle and as simple as putting on a Band-Aid. The innovative Immuno-Matrix skin patch uses nanofibers to hold and effectively deliver a vaccine through the skin. It's painless, self-administered and doesn't produce biohazardous waste. The future of large-scale vaccination just got a patch on the arm.
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