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Welcome to Innovation Challenge '15
 
The NDSU Office of the Provost, in partnership with the NDSU Research and Technology Park, Hosted the 6th Annual Innovation Challenge Program formerly known as Innovation Week. The program culminated on February 26, 2015. 
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Innovation Challenge ’15 Winners.

Corn

First Place - A Displaced Farmer 


photo courtesy of Haney's Photography

Team member:
Paul Subart, a junior majoring in crop and weed science from Robinson, North Dakota

His adviser is Marisol Berti, associate professor of plant science.


Second Place - Tea Time



Team member:
Dre Steinwehr, a sophomore majoring in microbiology from Hankinson, North Dakota

His adviser is Janice Haggart, instructor in veterinary and biological sciences.


Third Place - Color with Corn



Team members:
Joseph Kallenback, a graduate student in cereal science from Dickinson, North Dakota
Cassandra Hillen, a graduate student in cereal science from Fargo, North Dakota

Their adviser is Clifford Hall, associate professor of food science


Products  

First Place - Sky Hawk


photo courtesy of Haney's Photography

Team Members:
Alexander Sinclair, a senior majoring in mechanical engineering from Morris, Minnesota
Scott Wheeler, a senior majoring in mechanical engineering from Burnsville, Minnesota
Aaron Perry, a senior majoring in mechanical engineering from Roseville, Minnesota
Jake Patton, a senior majoring in electrical engineering from Marble, Minnesota
Wyatt Dick, a junior majoring in mechanical engineering from Munich, North Dakota

Their adviser is Robert Pieri, professor of mechanical engineering.


Second Place - The Clothes Hanger: Reinvented


photo courtesy of Haney's Photography

Team Members:
Amber Grindeland, a graduate student in architecture from Hatton, North Dakota
Caet Fox, a graduate student in architecture from Edgeley, North Dakota

Their adviser is Cindy Urness, program director for architecture.


Third Place - ToxoSafe


photo courtesy of Haney's Photography

Team members:
Prajakta Kulkarni, a graduate student in pharmaceutical sciences from Pune, India
Gaurav Patwardhan, a graduate student in business from Pune, India

Their adviser is Sanku Mallik, professor of pharmaceutical sciences.

Services

First Place - Townnected


photo courtesy of Haney's Photography

Team members:

Wyatt Mund, a freshman majoring in marketing from Milnor, North Dakota
Landon Mund, a sophomore majoring in agricultural economics from Milnor, North Dakota
Andrew Martinson, a freshman majoring in agricultural economics from Milnor, North Dakota

Their adviser is Joan Krush, lecturer in computer science.


Second Place - Fruition


photo courtesy of Haney's Photography

Team Member:
Jan Piskacek, a master of business administration student from the Czech Republic

The adviser is Sukumarakurup Krishnakumar, assistant professor of management and marketing.


Third Place -
App EZ


Abdelrahman Magid was unable to be present at the Awards Luncheon

Team Member:
Abdelrahman Magid, a senior majoring in university studies from Oakland, California

His adviser is Carolyn Schnell, associate dean of university studies.


People's Choice -
 Liu Group


photo courtesy of Haney's Photography

Team members:
Sunitha Takalkar, a graduate student in analytical chemistry from Hyderabad, India
Kwaku Baryeh, a graduate student in analytical chemistry from Jamasi, Ghana

Their adviser is Guodong Liu, assistant professor of chemistry and biochemistry.

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The purpose of Innovation Week is to:

Encourage students to be innovative thinkers

Enhance student awareness for innovation as a precursor to entrepreneurship

Empower students to pursue entrepreneurship as a career choice

Expand student access to resources available for innovators and entrepreneurs

Engage the current entrepreneur and business communities with students

 The competition is open to all NDSU undergraduate and graduate students.

 
A total of $20,000 in cash prizes will be awarded to students with the most innovative ideas.

The North Dakota Corn Council is once again a generous sponsor of the event to encourage the development of new uses for corn-based products in the marketplace. Their desire is to find innovative thinkers to develop new products and services for corn in the areas of farming, storage, transportation, feeding and processing.

The competition will have three tracks:

1.  Products of any kind

2.  Services of any kind

            3.  Goods/services focused on corn – farming, storage, transportation,

feeding, processing

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First-place winners in each track will receive $5,000. Second- and third-place winners in each track and the People’s Choice Award recipient also will receive cash prizes.

If you have questions about Innovation Challenge’15, contact the NDSU Research and Technology Park at 701-499-3600, email ichallenge@ndsuresearchpark.com 
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Friends of NDSU Innovation Week 2015


Innovation Challenge'15 is made possible in part through the generous financial contributions of many companies and individuals.

On behalf of the NDSU Provost’s Office and NDSU Research & Technology Park, we’d like to extend our thanks to the many individuals who have generously contributed time, talent and resources to Innovation Challenge. We cannot do this without you.

If you are interested in learning more about Innovation Challenge and would like to know how you or your company can help, please contact us.

You can also donate now. Your donation will help Innovation Challenge teams use their ingenuity, enthusiasm, and skills to make a positive difference in the world. To donate, please email Jan Sobolik, jan@ndsuresearchpark.com.

The Innovation Challenge sponsors underwrite awards, invest in our technology, and contribute toward the costs of running the competition. We are especially grateful to: 

Premier Sponsor

 

  

GOLD SPONSOR

 
 

     


SILVER SPONSORS

                        

                           

           

 

    

                     

              

       Keith & Cathy Peltier

 

 
BRONZE SPONSOR


                               

       

    

         

                         

          

                     

                    

  Jim & Sandra Roers

   

 


 These programs are supported by federal grant funding from the
United States Economic Development Administration

If you have questions about Innovation Challenge, contact the NDSU Research & Technology Park at 701-499-3600, email ichallenge@ndsuresearchpark.com.

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