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The University Magazine

Student team takes top prize in Microsoft competition

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RIT students, from left, Joe Zhou, Adam Risi and Zachory Shivers, won the Software Design Invitational at the Microsoft Imagine Cup Finals, April 22.

An RIT student team won the Software Design Invitational at Microsoft’s U.S. Imagine Cup finals April 22 in Los Angeles.

The team competed against 154 teams from throughout the United States, winning the chance to represent the nation in the world finals in July in Paris. (When the magazine went to press, that competition had not yet taken place.) Team members Ziyan “Joe” Zhou, a third-year computer science student from Guangzhou, China, Adam Risi, a second-year computer engineering major from Essex Junction, Vt., and Zachery Shivers, a second-year electrical engineering student from Kenosha, Wis., shared a $12,000 cash prize.

The students programmed and configured a network of sensors to take readings of environmental variables and set the system up to be accessible via cell phone.

Zhou was a finalist last year, as part a four-person team that included students from Western Washington University, Texas A&M University and McGill University.

The Microsoft Imagine Cup, founded in 2003, is one of the premier student design competitions in the world, featuring teams from a host of international colleges and universities that compete in nine categories related to science, engineering and computing.

Will Dube