The Engineering Academic and Student Affairs (EASA) office, with the help of several sponsors, recently hosted the inaugural Aggies Invent, a program that promotes innovation and an entrepreneurial mindset among students at Texas A&M University. The concept is to gather interested students, provide them with potential needs (medical, energy, or others), allow them to self-select teams, give them access to and support from the EIC, and have them create prototypes in 48 hours. The focus of this particular Aggies Invent was medical needs and wearable electronics.

There were 42 engineering students and five medical students who participated in the event. This diversity allowed teams to collaborate with one another in order to successfully create a prototype. Participating medical students included: Cara Buskmiller, Yusuf Chauhan, Andrew Davis, Yen-Nan Lin and Cullen Soares.

Photo of the first place team from Aggies Invent

The first place team, Under Control, consisting of Cara Buskmiller, fourth-year medical student, Walter Pospick, computer science sophomore, Nicholas Taluzek, aerospace engineering senior from Illinois Institute of Technology who had previously participated in the summer Texas A&M Undergraduate Research program, Amy Li, mechanical engineering sophomore, and John Gonzalez, mechanical engineering junior, received the top prize of $750 for creating a wearable device based on a need statement provided by Baylor Scott & White to help people successfully exercise their pelvic floor muscle in order to prevent incontinence.

Photo of the second place team from Aggies Invent

Team Good Baby consisting of Yusuf Chauhan, first-year medical student, Sean Whitney, aerospace engineering junior, Duanduan Han, chemical engineering graduate student, Gabriel Aguilar, aerospace engineering junior, and Daniel Whitten, mechanical engineering senior, was given a $500 check for second place for their project that uses geo-fencing in order to let people know that an infant has been left in a hot car. This project also focused on a need statement furnished by Baylor Scott and White.

For more information on the event, visit the Texas A&M College of Engineering’s website.

— Holly Shive

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