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Gonzaga Engineering Student Teams Capture Top Two Awards at Chicago Innovation Chase Finals

Two Gonzaga University School of Engineering and Applied Science student teams – “NBD Engineering” and “In God We Truss” – captured the top two awards, respectively, at the recent Chicago Innovation Chase finals.

The NBD engineering championship team (from left): Tyler Pattison, David Kanda, Will Greenburg, Christopher King, and Sammy Vongphakdy. Photo courtesy Gonzaga School of Engineering and Applied Science.

SPOKANE, Wash. – Two Gonzaga University School of Engineering and Applied Science student teams – “NBD Engineering” and “In God We Truss” – captured the top two awards, respectively, at the recent Chicago Innovation Chase finals.

In God We Truss team members included: Holly Setto, MBA, student, South Abington Township, Pa.; Anthony Schoen, a 2012 Gonzaga graduate, Spokane Valley, Wash; Vince Schuetz, a 2012 GU graduate, Olympia, Wash.; Oscar Marmolejo, senior, Spokane Valley, Wash.; and Tygh Gianella, senior, Hubbard, Ore.

In God We Truss team members (from left) Holly Setto, Anthony Schoen, Professor Vladimir Labay, Vince Schuetz, Oscar Marmolejo, and Tygh Gianella. Photo courtesy School of Engineering and Applied Science.

NBD Engineering team members won the top prize in the competition for their innovative idea, titled “Smart Serve.” The team designed dinnerware pieces and a serving station that utilized radio frequency identification and sensor technology to track food consumption on the high-tech plates they designed. The team analyzed the collected data to provide insight into consumption, waste and nutrition. In God We Truss designed an innovative product called the KineMAT.  As people walk across the surface of the futuristic mat, the mat produces electricity that can be stored in lithium ion battery banks. The team designed the mat to be used in high-traffic, indoor areas. In God We Truss beat NBD Engineering by one point at the Spokane semifinals, before NBD Engineering edged In God We Truss by one point – out of 4,000 total points – at the finals in Chicago Sept. 9.

The Chicago Innovation Chase is a national intercollegiate tournament designed in collaboration with leading industry experts and academics to prepare raw science, technology, engineering and mathematics talent to solve problems that are relevant and urgent. Students form teams and go through training, challenges, and mentorship from industry leaders. A total of 199 students from four different universities competed in the tournament. Visit the following website for more information on the Chicago Innovation Chase.

NBD Engineering team members included: Tyler Pattison, senior, Gig Harbor, Wash.; David Kanda, senior, Laguna Niguel, Calif.; Will Greenburg, senior, Seattle; Christopher King, senior, Post Falls, Idaho; and Sammy Vongphakdy, senior, Renton, Wash.

In God We Truss team members included: Holly Setto, MBA, student, South Abington Township, Pa.; Anthony Schoen, a 2012 Gonzaga graduate, Spokane Valley, Wash; Vince Schuetz, a 2012 GU graduate, Olympia, Wash.; Oscar Marmolejo, senior, Spokane Valley, Wash.; and Tygh Gianella, senior, Hubbard, Ore. Professor Vladimir Labay, Gonzaga chair of electrical and computer engineering, and Toni Boggan, assistant director of the Center for Engineering Design and Entrepreneurship, led the team.

For more information, please contact Toni Boggan at (509) 313-3913 or via email.

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