We would like to congratulate this year’s winners of the Beall Student Design and Butterworth Product Development Competitions:

Beall Student Design Competition at the Samueli School
  • 1st Place ($7,500):
    Flapping Wing Micro-Aerial Vehicle (FWMAV)

    Project Description: The Flapping Wing Manned Aerial Vehicle (FWMAV) is a non-invasive drone that replaces each of the four traditional propellers of a quadcopter with a pair of mechanical wings. The FWMAV utilizes the phenomenon of vibrational stability that occurs in birds and other flying winged organisms to self-stabilize without heavily relying on feedback loops; this phenomenon allows the FWMAV to have a significant maneuverability advantage over traditional quadcopter drones.

    Students: Bao Pham, Nathan Cabezut, Patrick Zhu

  • 2nd Place ($5,000):
    HUMBLE Technologies

    Project Description: To resolve medical errors brought about by outdated technology, the HUMBLE syringe has removed the need for old syringe priming methods and replaced them with three simple steps. The user inserts the syringe into a medicine vial and, with a twist to the end of the syringe, instantly traps the air in an inner chamber. The plunger is then pulled to a preset dosage and can then be administered to the patient. Misdosage is the largest contributor to medical errors during the administration of medication; the HUMBLE syringe design will significantly reduce the amount of misdosage cases by simplifying and saving time during the process of priming a syringe.

    Students: Bien Gutierrez, Wendy Nguyen, Jonathan Enriquez, Xiantong Yang, Chad Bishop, Krissa Tassin

  • 3rd Place ($2,500):

    Project Description: Mechanodontics makes braces that alleviate numerous obstacles faced by orthodontists. The proposed customized braces reduce the overall treatment time by half, cut the number of visits to the clinician from 25 to 3, and reduce overall pain while also increasing oral hygiene. Furthermore, these braces are located behind the teeth and therefore are not visible. Also, they can be installed by a dentist instead of an orthodontist.

    Students: Zahra Mardy, Mahdi Abbaspour

Butterworth Product Development Competition at the Donald Bren School of Information and Computer Sciences
  • 1st Place ($7,500):

    Project Description: Zoot is a mobile application that helps users find their lost items through an immersive journey. By attaching any device that can transmit geolocation to an item, users can precisely locate their lost belongings with the Zoot app. The app’s two main functions are augmented reality and geolocation. When users lose an item, they simply open the Zoot app, which will show the lost item’s location. The user will then go to the location and can use the augmented reality feature by pointing the camera around. The augmented reality feature then takes over and will give the user an approximate range for the lost item, which might be a room or a multi-level office building. Zoot also helps accelerate the process by prompting the user and asking whether specific areas have already been searched. The purpose of Zoot is for users to quickly and efficiently locate their items using a simple app.

    Students: Zarina Bahadur, Ting Wei-Lin, Roger Dalke

  • 2nd Place ($5,000):

    Project Description: CrewView is a cross-platform AR/VR application that will change how creative teams view, communicate, and collaborate during design and production processes in the entertainment industry.

    Students: Ke Jing, Christopher Ayuso, Max Collins, Melisse Yutuc, Aparajita Marathe, Fernando Penaloza, Tyler Scrivner, Hannah Tran

  • 3rd Place ($2,500):

    Project Description: Breakdown is a web application that could eventually be extended to iOS and Android, which will act as a centralized place for users to view all of the political information they need. Users will be able to log on to the site, input their stances on a few key political issues, and then see how much they agree with their current representatives and, during campaign seasons, the different candidates for Congress and Senate.

    Students: Ryan Oillataguerre, Brodric Cormier