Congratulations to Senior Design Team DeXcellence on their second place finish at the 2014 TI Innovation Challenge.
Team DeXcellence built an automated system for performing functional dexterity tests on cerebral palsy patients, sponsored by Dr. Gloria Gogola at Shriners Hospital. The test represents a significant improvement over the state-of-the-art, providing quantitative data in place of qualitative evaluations. The team built a working system and obtained clinical data within a nine-month time span, a tour de force for a senior team.
This is the fourth time in five years that Rice has placed in the top three at the TI Competition, placing second in 2013, first in 2012 and 2011, and third in 2010.
In 2014 DeXcellence also took first place (Excellence in Design) at the Rice Engineering Design Showcase and second place in the Undergraduate Poster Competition at the Design of Medical Devices Conference (first place went to another Rice team, BiliQuant).
One of the most highly interdisciplinary senior teams in recent years, DeXcellence is composed of five students representing four departments: Vivas Kumar (ECE, and co-founder of OwlSpark), Sonia Garcia (BioE), Andrew Schober (BioE & CAAM), Allison Garza (ME), and Shaurya Agarwal (ME).
“The project required advanced knowledge from the curricula of all 4 departments, and I am especially proud of the way that the students quickly become functional in each other's disciplines. This is the kind of interaction made possible by the OEDK and the Collaborative Capstone course,” said advisor Dr. Gary Woods. “Next year we hope to be back in the top spot!”