Student Competitions Funded in Part By IEEE-Madison
The IEEE-Madison Section has contributed to student competitions for Energy Innovation and Sustainability. The Dvorak Energy Innovation Prize, First Place ($5,000) was awarded to Eric Ronning (mechanical engineering), Will Doniger (materials science and engineering), and Brian Pekron (nuclear engineering), for the invention of the Remex Static Mixer that uses up to up to 33 percent less energy compared to other mixers on the market. Second Place ($1,000) for a device called “Dr Detector”, a drone that searched for pipeline gas leaks, was awarded to a team consisting of Cheng Liu, Ph.D. candidate in Nuclear Engineering, Hanwen Chen, M.S. candidate in Electrical and Computer Engineering, Kelsey Beuning, a junior studying International Studies and Marketing, and Bill Mulligan, a junior majoring in Biochemistry. Cheng Liu was enrolled in the IEEE-Madison “So You Want to build a Drone” Workshop last December. Dr. Detector also won “Best Business Plan” in Qualcomm Innovation Competition at the UW-Madison. Third Place ($500) went to Emonix, an automated heating, ventilation and air conditioning (HVAC) system for homes that can control the temperature of different rooms using sensors and smart vents. Team Emonix is led by Neil Klingensmtih, a Ph.D. candidate in Computer Engineering; Bharath Krishnamurthy, a graduate student in Electrical and Computer Engineering; Ananth Sridhar, a graduate student in Electrical Engineering; and Shashank Gupta, a graduate student in Electrical and Computer Engineering.
More information on the competition, as well as winners of the related Global Stewards Sustainability Challenge can be found at this link. Please consider a donation to the David Marca Memorial Fund. Students used our last year’s donations to fund several of the projects. If members would like to make contributions, they can follow this link to donate. Under Designation select Other – detailed below. In the detailed instructions field enter The David Marca Memorial Fund for Student Energy Projects and Fund # 12347896. The professor responsible for WESC contest estimates the fund will disburse just over $1,000 per year. Please join members of the IEEE-Madison Section executive committee who worked with David and donate to this fund.
Review of April’s Events
LENR Talk ( April Section Meeting): Gary Scott and Tom Wind both came to Madison for the the meeting presentation. The event was held jointly with the UW-Madison IEEE Student Branch. Gary and Tom took turns presenting an impressive array of data that definitely shows that LENR deserves consideration as an alternate to energy production. The last few slides in the presentation discussed the potential future applications of the technology. A primary use will be thermal sources, such as industrial boilers — a path the Rossi and Industrial Heat seem to be pursuing. Following the talk, there was a lively discussion where IEEE members probed LENR in detail, leading to more information about LENR. If you missed the talk, you can see the entire recorded presentation at the College of Engineering Media Site link LENR Talk Energy 2.0. If you want more information on the development of the technology, the eBook “An Impossible Invention” by Mats Lewan discussing Rossi (the inventor) and major events in detail is available for download by clicking here: An Impossible Invention. Use the code IEEE for a discount.