Three Biomedical Engineering Undergraduate teams recently took first, second, and third place in the 2014 Student Product Innovation Competition, sponsored by the Product Development and Management Association (PDMA). The three teams, all stemming from Dr. Andrew DiMEo’s senior design course at NC State, were as follows:
The Innervators (Jen Haley, Ryan Pilgrim, Jennifer Price, Titus John, and David Lee) proposed both a mobile device hardware addon and software application to work cooperatively to quantitatively measure pupil size and pupillary reaction speed after traumatic brain injury.
Physique Medical (Wade Colburn, Forrest Brown, Ibrahim Zafar, and Michael Petr) developed a modified negative pressure wound therapy device to reduce infection rates and decrease the number of required dressing changes when wounds are being treated.
Stricta Somnus (Carl Santos, Joe Hardin, Blake Wade, and Nat Conti) worked towards creating a cheap and effective screening device to diagnose sleep apnea, a medical condition that afflicts nearly 18 million people in the United States alone.
The Innervators won first place in the competition, held April 25th as part of the Innovate Carolina event at the North Carolina Biotechnology Center. Groups were scored on five separate criteria: product concept, innovation, value, market, and promotion. As first place winners, the Innervators took home a $300 prize.
Congratulations to all three teams on their outstanding achievement!