2004-2005 HIGHLIGHTS

Innovation Days

The Innovation Days undergraduate competitions — the Schoofs Prize for Creativity and Tong Prototype Prize — continue to grow in student participation and team completion rate. Winners of the 2005 competition were chosen from a field of 17 entries exhibited Feb. 10–11. The competitions give cash prizes to those whose ideas are judged most creative, novel, innovative and likely to succeed in the marketplace.

FireSite, a team whose invention helps firefighters find their way out of burning buildings, took first prize and $10,000 in the Schoofs Prize competition. RoboMouse, a remote-controlled fishing lure, won the first-place Tong Prototype Prize.

Recent College of Engineering graduates and former Schoofs Prize winners Chad Sorenson and Matt Younkle sponsored two new $1,000 awards this year. The Sorenson Design Notebook Award honors the best example of the competition's required ideas documentation. The Younkle Best Presentation Award is given to the students that best communicate the unique features of and potential market for their innovation.

Engineering students also took the top prizes in the UW business plan competition. Anthony Escarcega (BSME '97, BSBME '99), an MBA student in entrepreneurship, and his partner, John Puccinelli, a graduate student in biomedical engineering, took first prize and $10,000 in the G. Steven Burrill Technology Business Plan Competition on April 15. They wrote a business plan for Ratio, a company based on a patented device to deliver large-molecule drugs such as insulin to patients. Second place and $7,000 went to the FireSite team.

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