2017 ENGINEERING DESIGN SHOWCASE

Thursday, April 13th
4:30pm - 7:00pm 
Tudor Fieldhouse - Autry Court
Rice University


Ictal Inhibitors won the top prize in the
George R. Brown Engineering Design Showcase  

The Excellence in Engineering Award brought with it a prize of $5,000.

The team developed an implantable neurostimulator that applies low-frequency stimulation to suppress seizures in people with epilepsy.

“Honestly, we had no idea,” said team member Erik Biegert. “This is the greatest thing that’s happened to us. We’ve gotten good feedback all year about how well we’ve been doing but this is better than we could have ever hoped.”

“There’s so many awesome teams here from so many different disciplines, and I know that it’s hard to compare those teams, so we’re really thankful and happy, and we’re excited to see this project move forward,” added Sarah Hooper, who said students are already lined up to continue development in future years.

The Ictal Inhibitors team, from left: Sarah Hooper, Erik Biegert, Justin Pensock, Marissa Levy, Xiaoran (Randy) Zhang and Luke Van der Spoel.

The Ictal Inhibitors team, from left: Sarah Hooper, Erik Biegert, Justin Pensock, Marissa Levy, Xiaoran (Randy) Zhang and Luke Van der Spoel.

Other winners:

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 Man’s Trash is Another Man’s Feedstock.

Excellence in Capstone Engineering Design Award ($1,000): Breaking VAD.

Excellence in Independent, Multiyear 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 Environment and Sustainability Engineering Design Award ($500): Tie: Untealeafable and Lettuce Turnip the Beet.

Best Gaming, Creative or Innovative Technology Award ($500): Hippopeutic.

Best Aerospace, Robotics or Transportation Technology Award ($500): Rice Eclipse.

People’s Choice Award ($500): ThrombosTH!S.

The annual public event put on by the George R. Brown School of Engineering and the Oshman Engineering Design Kitchen features senior capstone design and other projects by Rice undergraduates.



OVER $14,000 in Prizes!


SHOWCASE AWARDS for 2017

Award categories are subject to change

TOP Award:  

$5000        Excellence in Engineering: 1st Place Engineering Design Award 

Top Level Awards: 

$1000        Excellence in Freshman Engineering Design Award- Teams must ONLY have freshman members

$1000        Excellence in Underclassman or Club Engineering Design Award- Teams must involve non-senior students

$1000        Excellence in Capstone Engineering Design Award- Teams must be from a capstone/senior engineering design course ( 2 Awards)

Category Awards:

$750             Best Interdisciplinary Engineering Design Award: Students on team must come from 2 or more disciplines

$500             Best Conceptual or Computational Modeling Engineering Design Award- Team must have NO physical prototype

$500             Best Technology for Low-Resource Settings Design Award 

$500             Best Energy-Related Engineering Design Award 

$500             Best Medical Device Technology Award

$500             Best Environment and Sustainability Engineering Design Award 

$500             Best Computational Technologies for Health and Wellness Design Award 

$500             Best Gaming, Creative or Innovative Technology Award

$500      Best Aerospace or Transportation Technology Award 

$500      Best Robotics Technology Award

Crowd Voted:

$500             People's Choice Award - voted on by judges, faculty, staff, students, participants and guests

Contact us

Oshman Engineering Design Kitchen - Rice University

6100 Main Street MS 390 | Houston, Texas | 77005

Phone: 713.348.OEDK

Email: oedk@rice.edu

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