An alternative form of chemotherapy? A means for reusable spacecraft?

Seven college students honored for innovative projects in Collegiate Inventors Competition 2000

AKRON, OH -- The National Inventors Hall of Fame® announced today seven student winners in this year's Collegiate Inventors Competition (CIC) -- the leading program honoring college student inventors worldwide.

Winning inventions this year range from a new class of compounds that kill bacteria and may represent an alternative form of chemotherapy to a dramatic breakthrough in the construction of reusable spacecraft and jet aircraft. The CIC is a nationwide competition that recognizes college student/advisor teams for their innovative work. Each winning inventor or team will receive $20,000 in cash monies with each advisor receiving a $10,000 honorarium. Each winner will receive their cash prize on Friday, September 8, 2000 at an awards ceremony featuring Steve Wozniak, co-founder of Apple Computer, as keynote speaker.

Student's Name / School / Description of Invention

Emilie Porter -- University of Wisconsin
Emilie Porter has invented a fundamentally new type of synthetic antibiotic that could represent a major contribution to human health. She has created a beta-amino acid oligomer that kills both gram positive and gram negative bacteria (including strains which are resistant to common antibiotics) without harming human red blood cells. This peptide and related compounds may represent a new type of chemotherapy treatment for bacterial infections in humans.

Matthew Dickerson and Raymond Unocic -- Ohio State University
Matthew Dickerson and Raymond Unocic have created a novel breakthrough in the low-cost processing of high-performance, complex-shaped ceramic composites. The composites produced through their innovative PRIMA process can be used in high temperature, abrasive environments and can be applied to high technology applications such as spacecraft, rockets and advanced jetcraft.

Colin Bulthaup and Eric Wi

Contact: Jarrod Walpert
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