2009-2010

ECE Students Dominate the Annual Strage Innovation Awards

Six out of seven teams competing in the finals for the 2010 Strage Innovation Awards had student members from the Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering

Six teams competing in the finals had student members from ECE

First Place Winners with their project - Digitar, Inc., A Technological Guitar Teaching Instrument

Six out of seven teams competing in the finals for the 2010 WPI Strage Innovation Awards had student members from the Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering. The finalists presented to the Strage Innovation Awards judging panel on April 27, 2010.

The finalists and their projects were:


James Montgomery ECE ‘11 and Patrick DeSantis ECE’11, Digitar, Inc., A Technological Guitar Teaching Instrument
Omar Kiyani ECE ‘11 and Mairaj Malik ECE ‘11– Bluetooth Digital Voltmeter, Incorporating Bluetooth Technology into measurement Technology
Nathan Olivarez ECE ‘13– Preventing Loss of External Storage Paraphernalia
Paul Malmsten CS ‘13 – SmartSmart Alarm Clock Device, A New Alarm Clock System
Yichao (Joy) Xu ECE ‘12– ClueClue.com, A New Online Social Community for Scientists and Engineers
Michael Tidd CS ‘11– FIRST Chances, Incorporating Entrepreneurship into the FIRST Program
Alan Lazaros ECE ‘11, Evan Duderewicz MIS ‘11, Manu Bhalla ECE ‘11, and Patrick DeSantis ECE ‘11 – WPITextbookExchange.com, A New WPI Online Textbook Exchange Community

The 2010 winners include:

First Place, awarded $1500

James Montgomery ECE ‘11 and Patrick DeSantis ECE’11, Digitar, Inc., A Technological Guitar Teaching Instrument

Second Place, awarded $750

Omar Kiyani ECE ‘11 and Mairaj Malik ECE ‘11– Bluetooth Digital Voltmeter, Incorporating Bluetooth Technology into measurement Technology

Third Place, awarded $250

Nathan Olivarez ECE ‘13– Preventing Loss of External Storage Paraphernalia

Honorable Mentions

Paul Malmsten CS ‘13 – SmartSmart Alarm Clock Device, A New Alarm Clock System

Yichao (Joy) Xu ECE ‘12– ClueClue.com, A New Online Social Community for Scientists and Engineers

Michael Tidd CS ‘11– FIRST Chances, Incorporating Entrepreneurship into the FIRST Program

Alan Lazaros ECE ‘11, Evan Duderewicz MIS ‘11, Manu Bhalla ECE ‘11, and Patrick DeSantis ECE ‘11 – WPITextbookExchange.com, A New WPI Online Textbook Exchange Community

The competition is sponsored each year by Henry Strage, Chemical Engineering ’54. This WPI Innovation Competition believes that innovation is the successful exploitation of new ideas in our society that may either be entirely new or the application of existing ideas to new uses.  The objective of the Strage Innovation Competition is to encourage the development of student knowledge and practical experience in the translation of creative ideas into viable new projects or ventures, especially for those students who are interested in pursuing an entrepreneurial opportunity now or in the future.

May 25, 2010