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Students selected to compete for final grand prize in MCIP competition

MCIP group participants.

A group of students (Binu Baby Narakathu, Ali Eshkeiti, and Michael Joyce) from the Electrical and Computer Engineering Department, and the Chemical and Paper Engineering Department who are members of the Center for Advancement of Smart Sensing Structures (CASSS) have been competing in the Michigan Collegiate Innovation Prize (MCIP) competition.

After competing with 300 other teams, they were selected into the final stages of the competition. Following a second round of interviews, the team was selected as 1 of 29 other teams to be competing for the final grand prize of $50,000.

The team has been working on a new pressure sensor to be used in football player’s helmet for sensing head impact forces. The team is getting ready for the final stage of the competition, which is a two day event consisting of presentations of their work from both an engineering and business plausibility standpoint to be held on February 13th and 14th in Ann Arbor Michigan.

The group will also be presenting their work to President Dunn, the Board of Trustees, and the Deans of both the Business and Engineering colleges at 3 pm on Wednesday, January 22nd at the Bernhard Center. The team is excited about the upcoming events and has high hopes to bring the grand prize home to WMU as they are currently one of the top teams within the competition.

We are proud of their work thus far, and we wish them the very best of luck with their efforts. GO BRONCOS!

More information about the competition is available at the MCIP website.