2018 ENGINEERING DESIGN SHOWCASE

Thursday, April 12th
4:30pm - 7:00pm 
Tudor Fieldhouse - Autry Court
Rice University

This showcase and competition highlights many of the school’s engineering design projects and represent our students’ success. The competition is open to all engineering design projects for each discipline of engineering. The evening hosted 80+ judges made up of engineering alumni and local industry to help with the poster session competition.   

Si-Low wins Engineering Design Showcase

Rice sophomore Sanika Rane accepted the top prize for her team at the George R. Brown Engineering Design Showcase.

Rice sophomore Sanika Rane accepted the top prize for her team at the George R. Brown Engineering Design Showcase.

The team that invented Si-Low, a gastroschisis treatment system for newborns in Uganda, won the top award in the George R. Brown Engineering Design Showcase held April 12 at Rice University’s Tudor Fieldhouse. The Excellence in Engineering Award comes with a prize of $5,000.

Gastroschisis is a birth defect of the abdominal wall that predominantly affects premature infants and leaves their intestines outside their abdomens. The problem intrigued the team of freshmen Sajel Dutt and Owais Fazal and sophomore Sanika Rane, who came up with a low-cost alternative to expensive silicone bags that protect the intestines while allowing gravity to ease them back into the body.

Remarkably, none of the team, who were advised by Rice postdoctoral research associate Meaghan Bond, are engineering students.

“We took this design class because we’re all interested in a global health minor,” said Rane, who represented the team at the showcase while her colleagues took an exam. “We just went in not know what we were doing.”

Rane is a kinesiology and health science major, while the others are majoring in social policy analysis. “We’re interested in public and global health,” she said. “I’m surprised because of all the amazing teams here, we’re probably the ones with the least amount of experience.”

Other winners:

Excellence in Independent, Multi-year or Club Engineering Design Award ($1,000): Colostomates

Excellence in Freshman Engineering Design Award ($1,000): Bad and Balloonee

Excellence in Capstone Engineering Design Award ($1,000): Love and Pace

Excellence in Capstone Engineering Design Award ($1,000): Hippos Don’t Lie

Best Interdisciplinary Engineering Design Award ($750): Cherrypick

Best Conceptual or Computational Modeling Engineering Design Award ($500): Gerry Rice

Best Technology for Low-Resource Settings Design Award ($500): Contractionally Obligated

Best Energy-Related Engineering Design Award ($500): CornDAWGS

Best Medical Technology Award ($500): Convulsion Repulsion

Best Environment and Sustainability Engineering Design Award ($500): DETECT

Best Gaming, Creative, Robotics or Innovative Technology Award ($500): Skynet

Best Aerospace or Transportation Technology Award ($500): Club Rice Eclipse

People’s Choice Award ($500): Skewer Alignment

Willy Revolution Award ($3,000): Jugularnauts

Willy Revolution Award ($1,500): Club Rice Eclipse

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. Read about all the participating teams at 2018 Showcase Teams

 


OVER $14,000 in Prizes!


SHOWCASE AWARDS for 2018

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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