Ictal InhibitorsÂ won the top prize in the George R. Brown Engineering Design ShowcaseÂ held April 13 at Rice Universityâ€™s Tudor Fieldhouse. The Excellence in Engineering Award brought with it a prize of $5,000. Team members are, left to right, Sarah Hooper, Erik Biegert, Justin Pensock, Marissa Levy, Randy Zhang and Luke Van der Spoel, all seniors.
The team developed an implantable neurostimulatorÂ that applies low-frequency stimulation to suppress seizures in people with epilepsy.
â€śHonestly, we had no idea,â€ť said team member Erik Biegert. â€śThis is the greatest thing thatâ€™s happened to us. Weâ€™ve gotten good feedback all year about how well weâ€™ve been doing but this is better than we could have ever hoped.â€ť
â€śThereâ€™s so many awesome teams here from so many different disciplines and I know that itâ€™s hard to compare those teams, so weâ€™re really thankful and happy, and weâ€™re excited to see this project move forward,â€ť added Sarah Hooper, who said students are already lined up to continue developmentÂ in future years.
Willy Revolution Award for Outstanding Innovation ($5,000): Team ClotMeNot
Willy Revolution Award for Outstanding Innovation ($2,500): Duncan Float Team
Excellence in Capstone Engineering Design Award ($1,000): One Manâ€™s Trash is Another Manâ€™s Feedstock
Excellence in Capstone Engineering Design Award ($1,000): Breaking VAD
Excellence in Independent, Multi-year or Club Engineering Design Award ($1,000): Smith Swim Squad
Excellence in Freshman Engineering Design Award ($1,000): LRSCP
Best Interdisciplinary Engineering Design Award ($750): Galveston Bay Foundation Headquarters
Best Conceptual or Computational Modeling Engineering Design Award ($500): To The Heart
Best Technology for Low-Resource Settings Design Award ($500): Colosto-Mates
Best Energy-Related Engineering Design Award ($500): Petro Patrol
Best Medical Device Technology Award ($500): Dexterous Lab
Best Gaming, Creative or Innovative Technology Award ($500): Hippopeutic
Best Aerospace, Robotics or Transportation Technology Award ($500): Rice Eclipse
Peopleâ€™s Choice Award ($500): ThrombosTH!S
The annual public event put on by the George R. Brown School of EngineeringÂ and the Oshman Engineering Design Kitchen features senior capstone design and other projects by Rice undergraduates. Read about all the participating teams at http://oedk.rice.edu/showcase.