College Students Compete for Top Prizes In Collegiate Inventors Competition(R)

Students from U.S. and Canada recognized for their innovative work

Oct 12, 2006, 01:00 ET from National Inventors Hall of Fame Foundation

    AKRON, Ohio, Oct. 12 /PRNewswire/ -- The Collegiate Inventors
 Competition, a program of the National Inventors Hall of Fame Foundation,
 has announced the finalists for its 2006 Competition. This year's group of
 outstanding submissions includes students from diverse institutions across
 North America. The 2006 Collegiate Inventors Competition is sponsored by
 the Abbott Fund and the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office.
     Jeffrey Dollinger, President of Invent Now, Inc., the subsidiary of the
 Hall of Fame that administers the Competition, said, "We're impressed by
 the high caliber finalists for this year. The innovations that they have
 created involve cutting edge technology. These students and their work are
 outstanding examples of what their generation's legacy will be."
     The 2006 finalists are:
     Andrew Deonarine, University of Toronto (Advisor:  Sarah Teichmann)
     An alignment-based method for searching text based on meaning (Advanced
     Web searching)
     Kari Thompson & Elizabeth Higgins, Doane College (Advisor:  Andrea Holmes)
     Flunitrazepam colorimetric sensor (Date-rape drug sensor)
     Fan Yang, Johns Hopkins University (Advisor:  Xiaobing Wang)
     Anti-adherent compounds for contact lenses (Anti-bacterial compounds)
     John Zhang, University of Calgary (Advisor:  Jon Rokne)
     Chromatel (Advanced steganography)
     Xing Chen, University of California, Berkeley (Advisors:  Carolyn Bertozzi
     and Alex Zettl)
     Cell nanoinjectors based on carbon nanotubes
     Adam Cohen, Stanford University (Advisor:  William E. Moerner)
     Trap for single molecules
     Craig Hashi & YiQian Zhu, University of California, Berkeley
     (Advisor: Song Li)
     Nanograft: Tissue-engineered vascular graft
     Matthew Haugland, University of Oklahoma (Advisor: Kenneth Crawford)
     "Uncoupled surface layer" model (Temperature prediction model)
     Brandon Moore & Eiki Martinson, Florida Atlantic University
     (Advisor:  Daniel Raviv)
     Vacuum-based water distillation
     Ki Tae Nam, Massachusetts Institute of Technology (Advisor:  Angela
     Virus-assembled battery
     Amy Rosen, State University of New York at Stony Brook (Advisor:  Ira
     Tracking the 3-D distribution of delivered stem cells in vivo with quantum
     dot nanoparticles
     The fourteen finalists, representing eleven entries, will travel to
 Alexandria, Virginia to present their inventions to a final panel of
 judges, comprised of National Inventors Hall of Fame Inductees and other
 prominent technology experts, on October 18th. The winners will be
 announced at a special evening awards ceremony at the new United States
 Patent and Trademark Office headquarters in Alexandria. The top
 undergraduate winner will receive $10,000, the top graduate winner will
 receive $15,000, and the overall grand prize winner will receive $25,000.
 Winning advisors will also receive recognition and a $3,000 prize.
     "The USPTO understands the incredible power of innovation," noted Jon
 Dudas, Under Secretary of Commerce for Intellectual Property. "This year's
 collegiate inventors represent the amazing wealth of creative talent in
 America's universities. They are the new explorers whose ideas will improve
 lives around the world."
     "At Abbott, innovation is key to our success in bringing new medicines
 and treatments to patients," said Bruce Beutel, PhD, Target and Lead
 Discovery, Abbott, the global research-based healthcare company. Dr. Beutel
 is also a final round judge for the competition. "We applaud these students
 for their initiative to address previously unresolved challenges. Their
 creativity and dedication to science will result in advances that affect
     The process for the 2006 Competition began when entries were solicited
 from college and university campuses across North America. Each entry was
 judged on the originality of the idea, the novelty of the process or
 technology, and the invention's potential value and usefulness. The student
 finalists were selected through an exhaustive review by first round
     The Collegiate Inventors Competition encourages students to be active
 in science, engineering, mathematics, technology, and creative invention.
 This prestigious challenge recognizes and rewards the innovations,
 discoveries, and research by college and university students and their
 advisors for projects leading to inventions that can be patented.
 Introduced by the Hall of Fame in 1990, the Competition has annually
 rewarded individuals or teams for their innovative work and scientific
 achievement. For more information on the Competition, visit For more information on the National Inventors
 Hall of Fame Foundation, visit
     The Abbott Fund is a not-for-profit, philanthropic foundation
 established by Abbott.
     For over 200 years, the basic role of the USPTO has remained the same:
 to promote the progress of science. Through the issuance of patents, the
 USPTO encourages technological advancement by providing incentives to
 invent, invest in, and disclose new technology worldwide. Through the
 registration of trademarks, the agency assists businesses in protecting
 their investments, promoting goods and services, and safeguarding consumers
 against confusion and deception in the marketplace. By disseminating both
 patent and trademark information, the USPTO promotes an understanding of
 intellectual property protection and facilitates the development and
 sharing of new technologies worldwide.

SOURCE National Inventors Hall of Fame Foundation