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.”


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.


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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