The Enterprise Program

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. 

The Innovation Center for Entrepreneurship 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 2019 Design Expo Innovation Awards, you must submit this application before March 29, 2019. Innovation Award winners will be announced at 3:15pm on the day of Design Expo.

Congratulations to the 2018 Design Expo Innovation Award Winners! 


1st Place: Nerve Stimulation through Powered Surgical Instruments: Cerebral Ultrasonic Aspiration

2nd Place: Development of a Novel Blubber-Only Satellite Telemetry Tag for Humpback Whale Conservation

3rd Place: Rapid Prototyping of Ultrasound Elastography Phantom for Breast Cancer Detection