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Local students win part of NDSU’s Innovation Challenge [UPDATED]

Published 9:55am Wednesday, March 6, 2013 Updated 12:02pm Wednesday, March 6, 2013

Local students recently won part of Innovation Challenge ’13, the second annual student innovation competition sponsored by NDSU and the NDSU Research and Technology Park. The winners were announced at an awards ceremony on Feb. 28.

The team “Improving Osteointegration” won the $5,000 intangible innovations track for their method of determining the ideal pore size for growing cells that will allow a novel dental implant, also being developed by NDSU students, to integrate into a patient’s jaw bone.

Team members are:

• Emily Steil, a senior majoring in zoology from St. Cloud

• Shelby Schields, a junior majoring in zoology from Beulah, N.D.

• Sarah Lindblom of Fergus Falls is a junior majoring in zoology

• Hannah Green is a junior majoring in music from Iowa City, Iowa

The team adviser is David Wells, professor in industrial and manufacturing engineering.

The competition was part of the fourth annual Innovation Week, Feb. 26-28, to showcase and encourage student ingenuity at NDSU. It included three tracks: tangible innovations, intangible innovations such as services, processes or methods, and corn-based innovations.

“In just two short years, NDSU students have taken the Innovation Challenge competition to a new level,” said Brenda Wyland, interim executive director of the NDSU Research and Technology Park. “The innovation taking place on campus is astounding, and we can’t wait to see these new ideas in the marketplace.”

NDSU is a student-focused, land-grant, research university listed among the top 108 research universities in the nation by the Carnegie Foundation.


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