Strage Innovation Award

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In view of the increasing importance of innovation in our lives, an innovation competition for WPI undergraduate students has been established by Henry and Alberta Strage. The objective to develop student knowledge and practical experience in the translation of creative ideas into viable new projects or ventures, especially if interested in pursuing an entrepreneurial opportunity now or in the future. Commercial, social, and/or philanthropic venture proposals will be ranked by a judging panel.

Teams present their ideas in ten minutes or less and entertain responses to judges questions over the next 15 minutes. These are not simple everyday questions like where did you get this idea from. They are much deeper inquiries, because on the way, our judges conduct a pretty good score of due diligence before showing up at the table. Sound a bit like confronting a venture capitalist? Sure does, but these investors also have a great interest in student success.

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Year Recipient Award level Type Story Description
2019 Benjamin Ward, Solomon Greenberg First Place

Copperforge provides simple, well documented, and competition-grade electrical and mechanical components for robotics.

2019 Noah C. Budris, Daniel P. Pelaez Second Place

“Roadar” is a program working in conjunction with a laser scanner to offer municipalities a more efficient and cost-effective solution to road maintenance issues.

2018 Alexandra J. Miller First Place

Miller’s Get Up ‘N’ Go innovation is a set of retractable armrests for standard walkers that slide beside the user to assist in transitions of sitting and standing.

2018 Brandon Sanders Second Place

Alicorn is a novel cyber-physical framework that lets users control individual devices using a single language, coordinate large groups of devices using a common data format, and easily add support for new devices using extensible firmware.

2018 Joseph Lombardi Third Place

Lombardi is developing smart lobster traps that sense when a catch has entered the trap then alerts the lobsterman.

2017 Daniel Shrives, Grayson Baum First Place Undergraduate

“Rowing Telemetry System (RTS)” RTS is a modified oarlock capable of collecting performance metrics allowing coaches to make the changes in rowers’ forms that win races. 

2016 Ingrid Marko First Place

"Brace Yourself: Redesigning the Charleston Back Brace"

2016 Sarah Chamberlain, Richard Eberheim Second Place

"Adaptable System for Construction Using Additive Manufacturing"

2015 Elizabeth Paulson, Kyla Rodger, and Adelle Milholland First Place Undergraduate

"Interactive EKG Model" - This product is a teaching tool for medical students and can also be used in a cardiologist office during patient consultations. It includes a model heart that will show different cardiac conditions by demonstrating the electrical activity within the heart, as well as a 12-lead EKG wave to match it. The device interfaces with a computer screen. This device also includes a clear plastic torso that demonstrates where EKG electrodes should be placed, as well as a smaller model heart that will show the different views of the 12 leads.

2015 Jordan Jones (BME), Rebecca Lee (BME), Mikayla Pasciuto (ME), and Shreyas Renganathan (BME) First Place Undergraduate

MilkSafe Storage Device - The MilkSafe team is prototyping an affordable lean-in-concept cooling container to store mother’s milk at appropriate temperatures for up to 16 hours. In low-income nations, such as Haiti, where electricity, refrigeration, and ice are not readily or reliably available, the team intends to use this product to facilitate storing mother’s milk while she is away from her infant at work and help reduce the number of infant deaths there due to malnutrition.