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2016 Teams

Team LOX Masters

Team LOX Masters Photo

Kevin Cavender, Casey Evans, and Hailey Roemer – mentor Jake Leachman

In an emergency, time is the most valuable resource for first responders. Breathable air tank capacity is a primary limiting factor for search and rescue, with current air tanks (made of XX lbs of steel) proving 30-45 minutes of air for fire, police, and military personnel to enter, respond, and exit an emergency situation. Team LOX, using technology developed at WSU Hyper Lab (https://hydrogen.wsu.edu), have preliminary designs for a state of the art polymer composite tank that could double the air capacity of breathable air tanks while also reducing their weight and volume. Safer. Lighter. More mobility. We also see other markets for this technology: SCUBA diving, stored air for combustion, high-capacity commercial gas storage.

In an emergency, time is the most valuable resource for first responders. Breathable air tank capacity is a primary limiting factor for search and rescue. Team LOX, using technology developed at WSU Hyper Lab, have preliminary designs for a state of the art polymer composite tank that could double the air capacity of breathable air tanks while also reducing their weight and volume.

 

Team Ambrosia

Ambrosia

Charles Diako, Alexander Meldrum, Shiloh Mangan, Mike Costello

Do you remember eating citrus “dream bars” in hot summer days? Orange, lime or raspberry sherbet blended with vanilla ice cream. What if you could find that same heavenly taste again, but this time in a drink full of electrolytes, low in sugar, and made from Greek yogurt? Greek yogurt is the fastest growing dairy product line in America. The benefits of yogurt consumption are well-documented, but Greek yogurt production results in a large amount of acidic whey; the yogurt industry has no economical solution to utilize this byproduct, but WSU Food Science students have a plan: a new consumer beverage that will remind you of childhood summers while providing as much potassium as a banana, a boost of protein, and only XX calories. Team Ambrosia has proprietary recipes validated by consumer taste panels (including many focused on international palettes) and is ready to partner locally, nationally, and internationally to bring their product to market.

 

Team PocketLabs

Lei Li, Li-Ju Wang, Yu-Chung Chang, Allison Osmanson

Field chromatography is logistically difficult and expensive. Testing for pathogens, antigens, and other biomarkers requires specialized equipment, electric generators, and lab space that put significant restraints on the logistical efficacy of governmental, NGO and other non-profits. The PocketLabs system allows a mobile response team to be more efficient and reduce the cost of mobile labs.

WSU GAP Fund Winner 2017

 

Team Protium Innovations

Protium Innovations

Ian Richardon, Elijah Shoemake, Patrick Adam, Jacob Leachman

The current trend toward more efficient, clean, and green electric vehicles is an admirable goal. However, the current paradigm of battery-electric vehicles has a number of issues for high endurance vehicles, such as warehouse equipment, aircraft, spacecraft, and long-endurance boats. Long charging times, limited range, and low specific energy issues are solved with Team Protium Innovations’ innovative vapor cooled shielded (VCS) hydrogen tanks; when coupled with Protium’s technologies for movable hydrogen liquefaction and refueling, this solution can be placed anywhere in the world.

WSU GAP Fund Winner 2016

SBIR Awardee

 

Team Klar Scientific

Matt McCluskey and Slade Jokela – mentor Rick Lytel

Klar Scientific has developed benchtop confocal microscope systems system with integrated optical sources and analysis software devised by Professor McCluskey (patent pending), at an affordable price and with multiple user capability within a large academic, industrial, or government institution. The Team will develop a busines model for marketing a line of modular, competitively priced confocal optical profile (COP) microscopes providing customers with the unique capability to use spectroscopy, imaging, and 3D profiling.

WSU Gap Fund Awardee 2016

SBIR Awardee

 

Team Momentum

Momentum Team Photo

Kaitlyn Engle, Hollie Ross, and Mohammad Khamehchi –  mentor Dr. Hang Liu

Momentum has developed airflow control fabric with an innovative multilayered baffle design. It allows the wearer to pulling fresh, dry air while pushing out humid air – perfect for face masks and other areas where moisture buildup causes comfort or usability issues. Their designs may just be part of your next ski mask or sportswear!

 

Team 3DbioC

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Waled Suliman, Matt Smith, Filip Stankovikj, and Brennan Pecha – mentor Dr. Amit Dhingra

3DbioC is on a mission to take the confusion and hype out of biochar and to help farmers, gardeners, and municipalities get the best soil improvement possible at an economical price. Their biochar formulas can be matched to your needs with very little information about your growing environment, so you won’t need a PhD in soils and plants to grow better with biochar.

 

Team Co-Coptical

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Qassem Naim,  Amber Graviet, Zane Duke, and Sam Byrd  – mentor Howard Davis

Co-Optical has created a non-obtrusive sensor that lives in standard eyeglasses. The patent-pending sensor can track eye strain and surface blood vessel characteristics to provide physiological data about the wearer. While there are many medical uses for the device, Co-Optical is first targeting uses diabetes treatment and clinical studies.