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"Create The Future" Design Contest Winners 2014

Many challenged themselves and showcased their product designs in the premier global design competition. Mouser has joined forces with Analog Devices and Intel to sponsor the 12th Annual NASA Tech Briefs Magazine “Create the Future” Design Contest. The winners have been announced!

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Robotic Building Construction by Contour Crafting 
Behrokh Khoshnevis 
University of Southern California 
Los Angeles, CA, USA

Aerospace & Defense Category Winner

The Polariton Interferometer - a Novel Inertial Navigation System 
Frederick Moxley 
Louisiana State University 
Baton Rouge, LA, USA

Honorable Mention:

New Class of High L/D Multi-Rotor VTOL Aircraft 
Gregory Heinen 
Tierra Global 
Lowell, MA, USA

Intermittent Fault Detection & Isolation System (IFDIS) 
Ken Anderson 
Universal Synaptics Corp. 
Roy, UT, USA

Automotive/Transportation Category Winner

Continuously Variable Displacement Engine 
Steve Arnold 
Engine Systems Innovations 
Rancho Palos Verdes, CA, USA

Honorable Mention:

3000 Mile Capacitor Powered Electrical Vehicle 
Denny Wheeler 
Crystalline Energy Research Co. 
Nampa, ID, USA

Lestran Orbital IVT Transmission 
Hans Peter Hemmer 
Sankt Augustin, Nordrhein-Westfalen, Germany

Consumer Products Category Winner

NanoFab Lab...in a Box! 
Michael Zach, Anirudha Sumant, and Jonathan Moritz 
EChem Nanowires 
Stevens Point, WI, USA

Honorable Mention:

Quikiks - The First Totally Hands-Free Supportive Footwear 
Steven Kaufman 
Hands-Free, LLC 
New York, NY, USA

GateKeeper: A Bluetooth Low Energy Proximity Lock for your Computer 
Siddharth Potbhare 
CoolCAD Electronics 
College Park, MD, USA

Electronics Category Winner

A Paradigm Shift for SMT Electronics: Micro-Coil Springs Interconnection for Ceramic and Plastic Grid Array Packaged Integrated Circuits 
Jim Hester and Mark Strickland 
NASA Marshall Space Flight Center 
Huntsville, AL, USA

Honorable Mention:

Wireless Bluetooth Pressure Transducer 
Mark McDaniel, Rob Matthes, Dave Topmiller, and RJ Lin 
Transducer Direct 
Cincinnati, OH, USA

High Power, Medium Voltage Compensator of Voltage Sags and Short Time Interruptions of Voltage at Power Grid with an Energy Storage Implemented as Battery of High-Voltage Supercapacitors 
Tomasz Rawinski, Jan Iwaszkiewicz, Eugeniusz Owiec, Krzysztof Zymmer, Piotr Boguslawski, Leszek Dabowski, Aleksander Milak, Jacek Perz, Mariusz Pilecki, Ryszard Strzelecki and Leszek Wolski 
Electrotechnical Institute 
Gdansk, Poland

Machinery/Automation/Robotics Category Winner

Automatic Eye Finder & Tracking System 
Rikki Razdan, Alan Kielar, Pat Stearns, and Melissa White 
Woburn, MA, USA

Honorable Mention:

PARS Rescue Robot 
Amin Rigi, Hossein Saffari, Amin Mirakhorli, Masood Norozi, and Saeid Talebi 
RTS Lab 
Tehran, Iran

Mosolver = Motor + Resolver 
Donald Labriola 
Quicksilver Controls 
Covina, CA, USA

Medical Category Winner

HemeChip for Early Diagnosis of Sickle Cell Disease 
Yunus Alapan, Ryan Ung, Megan Romelfanger, Asia Akkus, Connie Piccone, Jane Little, and Umut Gurkan 
Case Western Reserve University 
Cleveland, OH, USA

Honorable Mention:

Christopher LaFarge 
Wayland, MA, USA

UroCycler Automatic Bladder Management System 
David Flinchbaugh 
Tech Applications International 
Orlando, FL, USA

Sustainable Technologies Category Winner

Ecovent Systems - Making Every Room the Right Temperature 
Dipul Patel, Yowl Kelman, Nick Lancaster, Shawn Rose, and Brian Bowen 
Boston, MA, USA

Honorable Mention:

Direct Solar Energy Conversion to Electricity by Low Cost Nanometer Scale Metal-Insulator-Metal Tunnel Diode Serving as a Rectifier in Rectenna Arrays 
Nikolai Kislov 
Nano CVD Co. 
Tampa, FL, USA

Displacement Diesel Consumption with High Altitude Wind Energy from the Altaeros Buoyant Airborne Turbine (BAT) 
Ryan Holy, Ben Glass, Adam Rein, Chris Vermillion, and Ephraim Lanford 
Altaeros Energies 
Somerville, MA, USA

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Pilato David 
Poitou-Charentes, France

Survival Capsule 
Julian Sharpe, Scott Hill, and Eddie Bernard 
Survival Capsule, LLC 
Mukilteo, WA, USA

Green Cruzer 
Thomas Tom, Joanna Joy, Thomas Chacko, and Shruthi Lokanathan 
Mumbai, Maharashtra, India

Tea Harvester 
Ranjit Kumar Das 
Guwahati, Assam, India

Magnetic Engine 
Nikhil Raj, P.K. Shahu, and Vishwa Mohan 
Dehradun, Uttarakhand, India

Equipment for Iron Filing Estimation in Tea 
Jatindra Nath Kalita 
Tea Research Association 
Jorhat, Assam, India

A Solar Chimney Power Plant with a Pyramidal Shape 
Dardan Klimenta, Joan Peuteman, and Jelena Klimenta 
University of Priština 
Kosovska Mitrovica, Serbia-Montenegro

Iron Filing Extractor 
Jatindra Nath Kalita 
Tea Research Association 
Jorhat, Assam, India

Automatic Ankle Adjustment for a Prosthetic Leg 
Saketh Sai Narayana 
Hyderabad, Andhra Pradesh, India

Gear Lever Mounted Clutch 
Mahesh Narayan Wagh, Anil Vishal Ramteke, Shirish Shaunak Deshpande, Vinesh Shaneel Kaia, and Bhimrao Akshay Sawant 
Savedi, Ahmednagar, Maharashtra, India


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