The College of Engineering offers myriad opportunities for student innovation. Among them are Innovation Day, the annual UW-Madison event made up of two competitions that reward innovative, marketable ideas and prototypes.
Electrical and computer engineering student Justin Beck and psychology and neuroscience student Daniel Gartenberg won the 2009 Schoofs Prize for Creativity and $10,000 for their sophisticated alarm clock for the iPhone. Mechanical engineering student Michael Deau won the 2009 Tong Prototype Prize and $2,500 for his eco-friendly vending machine.
Another opportunity for student innovators is the Tong Biomedical Engineering Design Competition. Each May, nearly 150 biomedical engineering students showcase novel devices that address real-world medical challenges. The students developed the devices in biomedical engineering design classes.
Sponsored by electrical and computer engineering alumnus Peter Tong and the Tong Family Foundation, the competition recognizes the students’ efforts to design and create prototypes and pursue business opportunities in biomedical industries.