Innovation Competition Winners Attend NCIIA

April 7, 2011
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IMG6560-1-dmyDuring Engineer’s Week at Saint Louis University, an Innovation Competition was held. Students, faculty and staff nominated students who had participated in innovated endeavors, and the top three candidates won a trip to Washington D.C. to attend the National Collegiate Inventors and Innovators Alliance (NCIIA) Conference. The top three students included Brian Kelly (BME), Mark Reed (ME) and Ginny Foster (EE). They were accompanied by Dr. Sridhar Condoor.

The SLU representatives were among the more than 380 faculty and students who were in attendance at the NCIIA’s 15th Annual Conference, held Mar. 24-26, 2011. The program consisted of three days of knowledge sharing and network building.

When asked about his experience, Brian Kelly said, “The conference was very interesting. I learned a lot about what other students and universities across the country are doing to promote students to have an innovative and entrepreneurial mindset in their design projects. Many of the projects that I learned about focused on global health needs that are often overlooked. This made me realize the potential my group’s senior design project has if applied to the setting of medical care in developing countries. I plan on sharing the knowledge gained from my experience with faculty and students to help the Parks community advance its dedication to innovative engineering that makes a impact on the lives of others.”

The students’ travel and participation was made possible by the KEEN network and the Kern Family Foundation. For more information on innovation at Parks, contact Sridhar Condoor, Ph.D. at

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