RCEL alumni win 2017 ASME iShow People’s Choice Award

Rice University senior design team Sixth Sense was named the People’s Choice at the 2017 ASME iShow on June 22. According to the ASME, the ASME Innovation showcase (ISHOW) is "a global competition for hardware led ventures. We focus on the design & engineering journey of taking physical products to market. We care about “social innovation”, that is, solving social and environmental issues through enterprise."

David Fraga '17 (left) and Samuel Soyebo '17 (right) stand with ASME COO Jeff Patterson (center).  Photo courtesy of Samuel Soyebo

“The ASME iShow is a competition formerly for college engineering projects.  It has evolved to be suited more for inventors with innovative ideas that can change the world,” explained team member Samuel Soyebo ’17, Mechanical Engineering. “We entered our senior design project, a sensory-feedback system for prosthetic users, as a means of completing course requirements.  ASME must have been very impressed with our work, as they selected our team as one of ten national finalists, amongst thousands. “

Team Six Sense is made up of six Rice engineers, including RCEL certificate students Soyebo; David Fraga ’17, Mechanical Engineering; and Ryan Li ’17, Electrical and Computer Engineering. 

"We really want to thank everyone who voted for us in a last minute comeback for People's Choice Award," said Soyebo. "We started with zero votes, needing to beat 186, and won with 447 votes in a day! It was great having support from the Rice and RCEL communities!"



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