Students take gold in engineering challenge

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Computer engineering students won the grand prize for their mobile health-monitoring device at the Freescale Technology Forum “Make It Challenge” event earlier this summer.

The E-Health Intelligence System is a low-power mobile device, small enough to fit in a patient’s pocket, that uses a network of sensors and wireless receivers to monitor patient vitals such as heart rate, respiration information or EKG data. Physicians would be able to access this medical data in real time from an Android phone or a tablet computer, improving access outside of a clinical or hospital environment.

The student-design contest was sponsored by Freescale Semiconductors and held at the company’s national conference in San Antonio. The project team included alumnus Daniel Liu as well as Daniel Cheung and Sam Skalicky, students in the computer engineering program in RIT’s Kate Gleason College of Engineering.

For the team’s first-place finish in the Tower System category, the students received $3,000. For the grand prize overall, each member will receive a VIP weekend at a NASCAR event to view the new developments and how Freescale Semiconductor’s products are helping to improve the race car’s performance. Also included in the prize is admission to the race, pit access, grandstand seating, accommodations and monetary stipends.

“This grand prize recognition solidifies RIT’s position as a top engineering school,” says Ken Hsu, professor of computer engineering and the students’ project advisor. “This was a big competition. We received many compliments on the students’ design. People will know RIT has a strong engineering program, especially in embedded systems design.”