IDEAS awards


Seven invention ideas won awards at the second annual IDEAS Competition for innovations that help the community. The contest, sponsored by the Edgerton Center and the Public Service Center, had 19 final entries and seven winners. One-third of each team's members must be MIT students. Prizes sponsored by the Lemelson-MIT program, Boeing and the IDEAS competition ranged from $2,000 to $5,000.

Kinkajou, a battery-operated LED projector for adult literacy programs in developing countries

Kateri Garcia '03, mechanical engineering, Albuquerque, N.M.
Martin Tolliver '03, mechanical engineering, Louisville, Ky.
Joel Jaimes '03, mechanical engineering, Los Angeles
Neha Bhooshan '04, EECS, Potomac, Md.
Beto Peliks '03, mechanical engineering, San Francisco
Philip Vargas '03, mechanical engineering, Huntington Park, Calif.
Stacy Figuredo '03, mechanical engineering, Port Charlotte, Fla.
Barbara Garner (non-MIT)
Timothy Prestero, research associate in the Lab for Energy and the Environment

De Barrio a Playa, a youth empowerment program for children in Santo Domingo

Jean Walsh G, DUSP, Jamaica Plain, Mass.
Elizabeth Bast G, DUSP, Houston
Reyes Barboza (non-MIT)
James Alexander G, DUSP, Decatur, Ga.

Lumbini Water Solutions, a water treatment project in Nepal

Melanie Pincus G, CEE, Forest Hills, N.Y.

Humanitarian Demining Tool Kit, a project aimed at detecting landmines

Andrew Heafitz (S.B. 1991, S.M. 2001), Cambridge, Mass.
Carl Dietrich G, aero/astro, Sausalito, Calif.
Jameel Khalfan '06, Escondido, Calif.
Prasanga Hiniduma Lokuge G, mechanical engineering, Sri Lanka
Roshan Baliga '03, EECS, Winston-Salem, N.C.

Secondary Education in Pakistan Group, a mobile science laboratory

Mubarik Imam '06, Lahore, Pakistan
Sameer Riaz '06, Boston
Samina Shaikh '05, mechanical engineering, Bridgeview, Ill.

VendEnergy, a battery recycling project

Keith Brown '06, Winchester, Mass.
Manu Prakash G, media arts and sciences, New Delhi, India
Michael Wolf '06, Wakesha, Wis.
Saul Griffith G, media arts and sciences, Bardwell Park, Australia

MIT UV Tube Project, a water treatment project for a village in Haiti

Sarah Brownell (non-MIT)
Xanat Flores G, CEE, Mexico City
Melanie Pincus

Novel Endotracheal Tube Design, to improve air delivery to intensive care patients

Alex Borshchow '06, San Juan, Puerto Rico
Alex Jacobs '03, mechanical engineering, Madison, Wis.
Kristin Brodie '03, materials science and engineering, Alpine, Utah
Will DelHagen G, EECS, Manhattan Beach, Calif.
Yiqun Bai '06, Dublin, Ohio

A version of this article appeared in MIT Tech Talk on June 4, 2003.


Topics: Innovation and Entrepreneurship (I&E), Awards, honors and fellowships, Contests and academic competitions

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