Innovators, Innovations, & Honors

The Chronicle of Higher Education recently profiled the innovation of BrainGate, a technology helping paralyzed patients by connecting their brain with a computerized arm. John Donoghue is the developer of BrainGate and described his innovation in a recent issue of Nature.

Read the article for more information on this exciting new technology and the implications for paralyzed patients once again “being able to reach out into reality.”

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Four students from Portland State University (PSU) recently captured the Cornell Cup USA at Walt Disney World in a battle of computer-aided inventions from some of the top engineering schools in the country. The team from PSU built a computer-aided pill identifier “to help doctors and nurses act quickly in emergencies.” According to the article, the device has “an image-processing program that looks for matches in databases with information on 18,000 pills.”

The invention took the top prize followed by a team from the University pf Pennsylvania and their “four-rotor miniature helicopter.” Third place went to “a couch-sized robot to custom-mix liquids for biotechnology research” by a team from MIT.

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Samuel A. Miller, NY S 2013, was recently named a 2012-13 Tau Beta Pi Scholar. Sam is a senior ceramic engineering major with a 4.0 GPA. He is also a co-captain of the Alfred University varsity soccer team. This past season he received honorable mention as an NSCAA College Division All-East Region Scholar. Click here for more information

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