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2018 Spring Capstone Showcases Student Innovation
226 teams from a dozen schools in three colleges showcased their projects at the 2018 Spring Capstone Design Expo, and while they all hoped to take home an award, the fact that they made it that far was an accomplishment in itself. Senior Design is a required course for many majors, and Capstone represents the culmination of months of work for the seniors who participated. For some students the projects could turn into stepping stones for launching startups. Several teams were presented with golden tickets, granting them entry into Georgia Tech's CREATE-X startup program. Others students used their projects to wow sponsors, earning them jobs, continued funding to follow up on their work, or in the very least, an important industry collaboration to put on their resume.
MSE had 14 teams competing, including four interdisciplinary teams. The winning MSE team, pHAM, designed a filter that reduces the acidity of coffee. The team incorporated a mineral blend into the structure of the filter paper, to reduce the acidity of the brewed coffee without negatively affecting the taste. Team pHAM also won the People's Choice Award at the InVenture Prize competition in March. Team members were Michele Lauto, Aaron Stansell, Luke Votaw, Tyler Quill, and Frederick Gray.
The winning interdisciplinary team, Señor Design, developed an affordable and effective application method for their sponsor’s, LivFul, mosquito repellent, AKIVA, that will help reduce repellent waste and increase cost efficiency. The Señor Design team consisted of Kiran Reo, ME, Ashley Fleck, BME, Spencer Tyson, ME, Jacob Sills, MSE, Sommy Khalaj, ME, Robert Griffith, BME.