Congratulations to the WPI i3 Dean of Engineering Level Competition Finalists
On Tuesday, March 21st, 2017 the Dean of Engineering Office held its Dean Level i3 competition. There were eleven extremely talented competitors who had each advanced from their specific program or department. Only six finalists could be chosen to advance to the University Level competition. They are:
Dalia Shendi, PhD Candidate, Biomedical Engineering
WRAP BioTech: Re-imagining Wound Care
Joel Kenneth Kearns, PhD Candidate, Materials Science and Engineering
Origin of Twinning during Czochralski Growth of
Heavily-doped, Dislocation-free Single Crystal Silicon
Lida Mehdizadegan Namin, PhD Candidate, Chemical Engineering
Developing Effective Catalysts for Ethanol Based Fuel Cell Cars
Meagan Carnes, PhD Candidate, Biomedical Engineering
Fibrin Microthreads for Treating Chronic Muscle Injuries
Payam Razavi, PhD Candidate, Manufacturing Engineering
High-speed Digital Holography: A Novel Full-field Quantitative Method for In-vivo Diagnosis of Middle Ear
Sina Askarinejad, PhD Candidate, Civil and Environmental Engineering
Noninvasive Prediction of Bone Failure
Please join me in congratulating these outstanding Engineering finalists!
i3: Investing in Ideas with Impact is all about translating research into value and real-world impact. It encourages graduate students to consider how the ideas and innovations they are developing through research could become the foundation of new products, new commercially valuable processes, and even new companies.
The competition recognizes MS and PhD candidates who can think like entrepreneurs and communicate effectively about their research and its value. Competitors must be able to distill their vision into a three- minute pitch that they can make without the aid of visuals.
The competition begins at the department or program level, with winners advancing to elimination rounds organized by the deans of Arts and Sciences, Engineering, and the School of Business. At the finale, a panel of distinguished entrepreneurs, venture capitalists, and business executives will evaluate the quality and perceived value of the finalists' ideas and the effectiveness and persuasiveness of their pitches.
i3 Final Presentations
Rubin Campus Center 3:00 pm – 5:00 pm