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COE Invites Campus to Celebrate Inventors on Edison's 150th Birthday

Do you have an idea?
Jot it down
Form a plan
Work it out
Build a prototype
And then...

Let your idea soar!

The College of Engineering invites the UW campus to celebrate the 150th birthday of Thomas Alva Edison on Tuesday, February 11. One of the outstanding geniuses in the history of technology, Edison earned patents for more than a thousand inventions, including the incandescent electric lamp, the phonograph, the carbon telephone transmitter and the motion-picture projector. In addition, he created the world's first industrial research laboratory. This spirit of invention continues to thrive on the College of Engineering campus. Students will showcase their own inventions in competition for more than $22,000 in prizes in The Schoofs Prize for Creativity. New this year are two $2,500 award by Brainstorm judge Tom Aschenbrenner for best invention prototype.

Student inventions include everything from automotive improvements to portable hot tubs. Students will present their inventions to a panel of judges from 8 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. in the Grainger Technology Transfer Auditorium in Engineering Hall. For each presentation attended, UW students will get a chance to win door prizes including a personal digital assistant from Hewlett Packard. Door prizes will be awarded with the Schoofs and Aschenbrenner Prizes.

At 2:30 p.m., inventor and College of Engineering professor of electrical and computer engineering Deepak Divan will give a presentation entitled "From College Professor to the School of Hard Knocks."

After the presentation, the department of Electrical and Computer Engineering will light the State Historical Society's Edison Generator. Come early if you want a piece of cake.

Throughout the day, the college will show an 18 minute Edison Day video entitled "The Invention Factory: The Story of Thomas Edison and his West Orange Lab."

At 4 p.m., School of Business Dean, Andrew Policano will announce the creation of "Tec Prize" -- a new invention contest starting this year.

The celebration concludes with the awarding of prizes.