Industry Leaders and Innovative Designs Receive Top Honors at 2016 Sensors Expo & Conference

Awards Presented for University Poster Contest and Sensors Design Challenge; Industry Veteran Roger Grace Recognized for Longtime Contributions to Sensors Community

NEWTON, MA--(Marketwired - Jun 30, 2016) - Sensors Expo & Conference (#Sensors16), the nation's leading event focused exclusively on sensors and sensor-integrated systems, today announced the winners of the newly launched University Poster Contest and the Sensors Design Challenge that took place at the event last week in San Jose, California. A team from the Universidade de Lisboa was named this year's winner of the Sensors Poster Contest for "Integrated Strategies for Magnetic Field Detection at the Nanoscale," and a team from Sonoma State University was awarded top honors in the Sensors Design Challenge for a solution named "Caretech."

In addition, industry veteran Roger Grace of Roger Grace Associates, was recognized as part of the Sensors Awards Program. Roger, who was instrumental in orchestrating the University Program at Sensors Expo, was acknowledged with the first ever Industry Impact Award in recognition of his longtime contributions to both Sensors Expo and the entire sensors and MEMS community.

The University Poster Contest was developed as part of the new Non-Profit & University Program, designed to encourage participation from all members of academia at the annual event. The inaugural contest offers academia the unique opportunity to showcase new research and innovative designs to the larger sensors community through outstanding visual presentations. Top three winners included:

1. First Place - Integrated Strategies for Magnetic Field Detection at the Nanoscale
Diana C Leitao, Ana V Silva, Elvira Paz, Ricardo Ferreira, Susana Cardoso, Paulo P Freitas; INESC-MN and IN, Rua Alves Redol 9, 1000-029 Lisboa, Portugal Instituto Superior Tecnico (IST), Universidade de Lisboa, Av. Rovisco Pais, 1000-029 Lisboa, Portugal INL, Av. Mestre Jose Veiga, 4715-31 Braga, Portugal
2. Second Place - Highly Sensitive Biosensor Device for Monitoring Colorectal Cancer
Cihan Yilmaz, Malima Asanterabi, Jaydev Upponi, Vladimir P. Torchilin, Ahmed Busnaina; NSF Nanoscale Science and Engineering Center for High-rate Nanomanufacturing, Northeastern University
3. Third Place - Field Disruption Harvester
Karim El-Rayes, Salam Gabran; University of Waterloo

The new Sensors Design Challenge called on graduate students and entrepreneurial developers to create innovative sensor design solutions from scratch, combining skills in hardware and software development and present to a panel of judges at this year's event. Winners, to be featured in the 2016 Summer issue of Sensors Magazine, include:

  • Caretech: Winner of First Place Award from Sensor Expo
    • Affiliation: Sonoma State University
    • Technologies Used: Anaren, Cypress, Temp, Humidity
  • Sleep Tight: Winner of Second Place Award from Sensor Expo
    • Affiliation: Santa Clara University
    • Technologies Used: STM, Anaren, temp, humidity
    • Designer(s): Himanshu Joshi and SangramSingh Kardekar
  • Daddy's Special Medicine: Winner of Third Place Award from Sensor Expo
    • Affiliation: NimbeLink Corp.
    • Technologies used: STM32F401 Nucleo, ARM mBed, Cellular LTE CAT1, Strain Gauge, Buglabs DweetDatabase, Verizon Freeboard dashboard, HTTP POSTs with JSON formatted content
    • Designer(s): Kurt Larson
  • Wireless TPMS Device: Winner of Best Choice Award from Cypress
    • Affiliation: Whirlpool Corp.
    • Technologies used: Cypress, Pressure sensor, Wireless TPMS
    • Designer(s): Jacek Pieczaba

"In an effort to encourage the next generation of sensing professionals and engineers, we encourage graduate students in sensor research, students exploring a career in sensor or design engineering, faculty members, and post-docs eager to learn more about sensors or showcase new sensor applications to participate in our newly developed program. As the de facto market resource for the sensor industry, Sensors provides an ideal platform to educate, engage and inspire the sensor community at large, and we congratulate this years' winner on their success," commented Mat Dirjish, Executive Editor, Sensors Magazine.

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