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Winners Announced in 2010 Collegiate Inventors Competition®
Date:10/27/2010

d-effect transistor, which can be inserted into cells such as cardiomyocytes and neurons to monitor signals within. Their work has the potential to greatly enhance basic medical science investigations.

When undergraduate winner Mark Jensen was young, his father invented IsoTruss struts, poles made of specially braided cords hardened with resin that were lightweight but structurally, very strong.  The IsoTruss never received widespread use, however, because of the difficulty in manufacturing the complex braiding patterns necessary to build it.   Jensen thought about the challenges that his father faced and invented a new machine to produce structures like the IsoTruss.  The machine is programmable, fault-tolerant, and capable of intricate braiding patterns, far beyond the capabilities seen in other industrial machines.  A 2010 graduate in chemical engineering from Brigham Young University, Jensen, 23, lives in Provo where he is the CEO of Altus Poles, the company he founded to manufacture composite poles and where he works on developing his machinery.  

The second place Dartmouth team of Devon Anderson, Jonathan Guerrette, and Nathan Niparko tackled the problem of surgical sponges that are used during surgery, but are forgotten and left in the patient's body, leading to infections and other complications.  They designed a new kind of absorbent sponge using a novel combination of materials, including cellulose and alginate, and a novel fabrication method involving electrospinning.  If accidentally left in a patient's body, the sponge can break down into harmless substances that can be absorbed by the body. The team is continuing their research to further develop their sponge.  The third place Johns Hopkins team of Leyla Isik, Salina Khushal, Michael Shen, and Emilie Yeh invented a device that can be attached to orthopedic surgical drills to detect sudden changes in drilling speed and also changes in tilt and direct
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