The Cheng Wu Innovation Challenge aims to reward students for creating novel, nonobvious, technology feasible, user-centered, and implementable innovation. This year, two pairs of students, members of the FAMES Lab were honored in receiving the first and second place in this competition.
The first place was awarded to Louis van der Elst and Merve Gokce Kurtoglu for creating a tissue engineering device that serves as an alternative to animal studies and patient-oriented medicine. The device, named the TrophoWell uses stem cell engineering combined with microfluidics as a tissue model. Medical treatments can be personalized by testing a drug ratios and content that can be developped specific to a patient according to his or her stem cells. The TrophoWell is an upgradable device that allows for the testing of biochemical and physical reactions at both the micro- and macro-scale.
The second place was awarded to Menxin Zheng and Camila Faccini de Lima for developing three-dimensional printing of glass fiber preforms using stereolythography. Structured silica fibers could benefit multiple applications. For example, dyeless coloration of fabrics for fashion, photonic crystal fibers for optical-chemical detection, and single-mode fibers for telecommunication and tight focusing of light.
The competition had 23 applicants and 8 finalists. The judging committee was composed of:
- Alain Barker, Lecturer of Music Entrepreneurship & Director of Music Entrepreneurship and Career Development
- Donald F. Kuratko, Jack M. Gill Chair of Entrepreneurship, Professor of Entrepreneurship, and Executive Director of the Johnson Center for Entrepreneurship & Innovation, Kelley School of Business
- Kay Connelly, Associate Dean for Research & Professor of Informatics
- Pat East, CEO & Founder of Hanapin Marketing & Executive Director of the Dimension Mill
- Stephen Moseson, Co-founder of Misa Digital Instruments