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Announcing Our 2022 Collegiate Inventors Competition Finalists

With the 2022 Collegiate Inventors Competition® (CIC) less than one month away, we are thrilled to announce this year’s Finalists!

On Oct. 11-12, five Undergraduate and five Graduate teams will gather at the United States Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO). There, they will present their inventions to a panel of Judges that includes National Inventors Hall of Fame® (NIHF) Inductees and intellectual property experts from the USPTO.

Our Finalists represent some of the top colleges and universities across the country, and they are among the next generation of innovators whose work has the potential to benefit people and shape industries around the world. Read on to meet them!


2022 Undergraduate Finalists


Kathleen Fallon, Ally Reichart, Karly Ripple and Jordan Cole, Clemson University

This safe, rapid and cost-effective device is the first to wirelessly and noninvasively detect the failure of ventriculoperitoneal shunts used to relieve brain pressure in patients with hydrocephalus.

Dynamic Brace

Hannah Yamagata, Jenlu Pagnotta and Delphine Tan, Johns Hopkins University

A new approach to the treatment of clubfoot, Dynamic Brace improves comfort, mobility and compliance with clinician’s orders by offering a soft, lightweight, adaptable design.


Visala Tallavarjula, University of California, Santa Barbara

To improve the efficiency of irrigation, this infiltration insert method offers many advantages over standard techniques and can be implemented using materials that are readily available to most farmers across the globe.


Harrison Hertzberg, Daniel Chester-Ziv and Eric Nguyen, Drexel University

AeroPest is a precision spraying system using unmanned aerial vehicles, or flying drones, to eliminate pests in elevated, hard-to-access areas while reducing safety risks for pest management personnel.

Adaptive High-Temperature End Effector

Logan Schorr, Bradley Johnson and Jesse McFall, Virginia Commonwealth University

Presenting new capabilities in additive manufacturing, or 3D printing, Adaptive High-Temperature End Effector uses robotic technology to perform steps including handling metal at high temperatures.

2022 Graduate Finalists


Vishnu Jayaprakash, Massachusetts Institute of Technology

AgZen-Cloak technology uses proprietary nozzles and biodegradable, food-safe, plant-derived oil to increase efficiency in pesticide use, and ensure better crop protection, yield and revenue.


Jiwon Woo, Yoolim Jenn Kim, Haritosh Patel and Victor Champagne, Harvard University

To diagnose septic shock or sepsis, this fast, accurate, easy-to-use and cost-effective testing system is focused on detecting endotoxin concentration in blood plasma.


Sunghee Estelle Park, Shawn Kang and Jeehan Chang, University of Pennsylvania

By enabling the growth of stem cell-derived mini-organs called organoids, OCTOPUS could change how drugs are developed, and reduce the amount of time and money needed to bring drugs and therapeutics to market.


Parker Martin and Cory Cooney, University of Michigan

To test for allergies, this device combines aspects of allergy skin tests and blood tests into a fast and accurate solution that uses a new optical sensing technology to measure mast cell degranulation.

Hypoxia Imager for Surgery Guidance

Arthur Petusseau, Dartmouth College

Hypoxia Imager for Surgery Guidance is a time-gated optical system capable of real-time imaging of hypoxia, or lack of oxygen, which could help reduce cancer recurrence associated with diseased tissue being left behind in surgery.

Stay Tuned for More CIC News

To learn more about CIC and to find the latest updates on this year’s competition, we invite you to visit our website.

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