The Lemelson-MIT Program has announced the winners of its National Collegiate Student Prize Competition. A total of $50,000 is awarded to the most inventive undergraduate and graduate students in the country. Undergraduate teams get $10,000 awards while graduate student winners receive $15,000.

In the “Cure it!” category for students working on technology to improve healthcare, the graduate winner was David Sengeh of MIT (in photo), who designed a process to customize prosthetic devices using quantitative and human data, MRIs, and 3-D printing.

Undergraduate winner in the category was a team from Clemson University led by Tyler Ovington that developed a product called GlucoSense, a low-cost glucometer and test strips that can be printed by standard inkjet printers. Other members of the team include Alex Devon and Kayla Gainey.

In the “Use it!” category for inventions that can improve consumer devices and tools, the graduate winner was Ben Peters of MIT for his “digital mold,” a high-resolution, reconfigurable molding surface that can be used for commercial manufacturing, prototyping, and do-it-yourself personalized fabrication.

The undergraduate “Use it!” winner was also a team from MIT, led by Christopher Haid and including Mateo Pena Doll, AJ Perez, and Forrest Pieper. They’re also known as NVBots, a company that offers easy-to-use 3-D printers for the classroom. They are being used at some Boston-area high schools.

Source:  National competition richly rewards student innovators | April 14, 2014 |

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