Engineers shine in the Wisconsin Energy and Sustainability Challenge
Several College of Engineering grad students and undergrads took home awards in the 2014 Wisconsin Energy and Sustainability Challenge. The competition, in which students create solutions for sustainable and affordable energy, is sponsored by the Wisconsin Energy Institute, and inventions were presented during the Nelson Institute annual Earth Day Conference on April 22, 2014, at Monona Terrace. Coride.co, a ride-sharing service whose developers include biomedical engineering PhD student Nade Sritanyaratana, took first place and $5,000 in the Dvorak Energy Innovation Prize. Taking third place in the Dvorak Prize and $500 was RaPID, a radioisotope-powered battery created by nuclear engineering undergrads Kazi Ahmed, Garrett Andrews, Xavier Durawa and Jon King. Third place in the Global Stewards Sustainability Prize and $500 went to the Smart Multi-tech Automated Real Time home energy management system, whose developers include electrical and computer engineering grad student Ashray Gururaja Manur. Additionally, the awards were presented by mechanical engineering alumnus and Sector67 founder Chris Meyer.