Check out student innovations at St. Gobain Design Challenge finals April 13

Four teams of student innovators will compete for thousands of dollars in funding in the final round of this year’s St. Gobain Design Competition on Wednesday, April 13 at 5:30 p.m. in the Tinkham Veale University Center.
The annual competition encourages students from across schools to design and build a prototype device that takes an existing material and, using principles of materials science and engineering, create a new and innovative use for it that solves a problem for society.

This year’s finalists include:
  • WES Power: Developing a novel way of harvesting energy to bring smart phone users more power
  • Parihug: Sending long distance hugs to your loved ones through electronically connected teddy bears
  • Cream Salt: A new class of deicers that melts ice more effectively
  • 250 Furniture: Creating interactive and customization furniture that is easily transportable and cost effective

The finals are open to the public, and attendees will get a chance to vote for their favorite team, with a $500 cash prize going to the audience favorite. A team of judges will evaluate the teams and award $9,000 to the winning team, with additional cash prizes for second and third place.
For more information on the competition, go to the Engineering Leadership & Professional Practice website at or email