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Design Expo Innovation Awards

Innovation is the transformation of discoveries and ideas into societal or economic value.  The process begins with an idea for a new product, process, or service but is not complete until an end-user or customer realizes value through improved quality of life. 

Husky Innovate and the Office of Innovation and Commercialization are co-sponsoring the Innovation Awards as part of Design Expo. The top three applicants will receive a cash award and certificate of recognition.  Applications will be evaluated based on the applicant’s ability to demonstrate a) a clear value proposition for their proposed innovation, b) distinction of their innovation over alternative solutions, c) a defined and actionable plan for realizing economic or societal impact from their innovation, and d) the scale of that impact.  

The awards are open to all Senior Design and Enterprise teams participating in Design Expo. Eligible teams must be registered for Design Expo, and the innovation must be related to project work conducted within the team. In order to be eligible for the 2024 Design Expo Innovation Awards, you must submit the application by Friday, April 9, 2024 at 11:59 pm. Innovation Award winners will be announced on the day of Design Expo, Tuesday, April 16, 2024 at 3:30pm.

Design Expo Innovation Awards

Based on application

  • First Place - $250
  • Second Place - $150
  • Third Place - $100

Congratulations to the 2023 Design Expo Innovation Award Winners! 

2023 Innovation Award Winners

First Place

  • 301. AAA [Affordable, Accessible, Authentic] Prosthesis
  • Advised by: Jon Herlivich, Chemical Engineering

Second Place

  • 203: Implantable Pulse Generator (IPG) and Lead
  • Advised by:
    • Jingfeng Jiang, Biomedical Engineering

    • Chunxiu (Traci) Yu, Biomedical Engineering

Third Place

  • 237: Utilizing Motor Oil to Rejuvenate RAP Materials
  • Advised by: Zhanping You, Civil, Environmental, and Geospatial Engineering