Navigation Content
University of Wisconsin Madison College of Engineering
You are here:
  1. Home > 
  2. News > 
  3. News archive > 
  4. 2007 > 

Single-handed fishing kit reels in first place in invention competition

Schoofs Prize for Creativity

 

  • First place and $10,000 — Adaptive Fishing Kit, a system developed by Brian “Sunya” Nimityongskul that adapts a standard fishing rod and reel so that people with injuries, paralysis or amputation can use it with one arm.
  • Second place and $7,000 — Ladder Cat, a device developed by Dan Goesch, Elliot Haag, Logan Hamel, Mike Sracic and Dave Tengler for safely lifting loads up the entire span of an extension ladder.
  • Third place and $4,000 — BugsTOP, a pond surface agitator that prevents mosquito breeding, developed by Paul Grogan, Kevin McMullen, Mike Tupek, Ryan Larson, Jacob Notbohm and Colin VanDercreek.
  • Fourth place (tie) and $1,000 — Smart Brake, an electronic device, invented by Adam Anders, that monitors wheel acceleration and applies brakes to prevent a rollator walker from rolling away from its user on hills or during a fall.
  • Fourth place (tie) and $1,000 — Motorcycle Lighting Innovations, a helmet-mounted indicator system and map light for motorcycle drivers, invented by Chris Meyer.

Tong Prototype Prize

 

  • First place and $2,500 — Ladder Cat, a device for safely lifting loads up the entire span of an extension ladder, developed by Dan Goesch, Elliot Haag, Logan Hamel, Mike Sracic and Dave Tengler.
  • Second place and $1,250 — Adaptive Fishing Kit, a system developed by Brian "Sunya" Nimityongskul that adapts a standard fishing rod and reel so that people with injuries, paralysis or amputation can use it with one arm.
  • Third place and $700 — BugsTOP, a pond surface agitator that prevents mosquito breeding, developed by Paul Grogan, Kevin McMullen, Mike Tupek, Ryan Larson, Jacob Notbohm and Colin VanDercreek.

The $1,000 Younkle Best Presentation Award

 

  • Ladder Cat, a device for safely lifting loads up the entire span of an extension ladder, developed by Dan Goesch, Elliot Haag, Logan Hamel, Mike Sracic and Dave Tengler.

The $1,000 Sorenson Design Notebook Award

 

  • Mike Sracic, Ladder Cat.

 

Adaptive Fishing Kit

Adaptive Fishing Kit, first place and $10,000, Schoofs Prize for Creativity and second place and $2,500, Tong Prototype Prize (large image)

The Adaptive Fishing Kit, a kit that converts a standard fishing rod and reel so that people can use it with only one arm, took the top prize and $10,000 in the 2007 Schoofs Prize for Creativity during the Innovation Days idea and invention competition on the UW-Madison campus. The kit, with an estimated retail price of $120, would provide a means for amputees, stroke victims, or others with injuries or paralysis to enjoy the sport of fishing.

Brian "Sunya" Nimityongskul got the idea for a system for one-armed fishing while recovering from shoulder surgery last summer. “I wanted to be fishing and not sitting at home,” he says. “Being an engineer, I decided I’d do something about it.” He worked on it during his free time, doing the design and machining himself, and then decided to enter his invention in the Innovation Days competitions Feb. 8 and 9.

The Adaptive Fishing Kit also won second place and $1,250 in the Tong Prototype Prize.

Ladder CAT

Ladder CAT, first place and $2,500, Tong Prototype Prize, and second place and $1,250, Schoofs Prize for Creativity. The team also won the $1,000 Younkle Best Presentation Award, and team member Mike Sracic won the $1,000 Sorenson Design Notebook Award. (large image)

The first place Tong Prototype Prize and $2,500 went to the Ladder CAT, a device for safely lifting loads up the entire span of an extension ladder. Students Dan Goesch, Elliot Haag, Logan Hamel, Mike Sracic and Dave Tengler created the device. The Ladder CAT also won second place in the Schoofs Prize for Creativity and the $1,000 Younkle Best Presentation Award. In addition, team member Sracic won the $1,000 Sorenson Design Notebook Award.

A panel of judges chose the winners based on creativity, innovation, and probability of market success. Twenty ideas and inventions were presented during the two-day event.

Other Schoofs Prize for Creativity winners include:

Third place and $4,000 — BugsTOP, a pond surface agitator that prevents mosquito breeding, developed by Paul Grogan, Kevin McMullen, Mike Tupek, Ryan Larson, Jacob Notbohm and Colin VanDercreek.

Fourth place (tie) and $1,000 — Smart Brake, an electronic device, invented by Adam Anders, that monitors wheel acceleration and applies brakes to prevent a rollator walker from rolling away from its user on hills or during a fall.

Fourth place (tie) and $1,000 — Motorcycle Lighting Innovations, a helmet-mounted indicator system and map light for motorcycle drivers, invented by Chris Meyer.

Other Tong Prototype Prize winners include:

Third place and $700 — BugsTOP, a pond surface agitator that prevents mosquito breeding, developed by Paul Grogan, Kevin McMullen, Mike Tupek, Ryan Larson, Jacob Notbohm and Colin VanDercreek.

BugsTOP

BugsTOP, third place and $4,000, Schoofs Prize for Creativity, and third place and $700, Tong Prototype Prize (large image)

Chemical Engineering alumnus Richard J. Schoofs sponsors the Schoofs Prize for Creativity and Electrical and Computer Engineering alumnus Peter P. Tong sponsors the Tong Prototype Prize through the Tong Family Foundation.

Competition alumnus Matthew Younkle, president of Y Innovation, LLC, and president and CTO of Laminar Technologies, LLC, sponsors the Younkle Best Presentation award. Chad Sorenson, a competition alumnus and judge, founding principal of Sologear Corp. and founder of Fluent Systems, LLC, sponsors the Sorenson Design Notebook award.

Smart Brake

Smart Brake, fourth place (tie) and $1,000, Schoofs Prize for Creativity (large image)

Motorcycle Lighting Innovations

Motorcycle Lighting Innovations, fourth place (tie) and $1,000, Schoofs Prize for Creativity (large image)


 

Archive
2/9/2007