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2018 Discovery Competition finalists selected

Four teams have been chosen as finalists for the 2018 Discovery Competition. The winning teams will be chosen at 6 p.m., Tuesday, April 24 in Rodin Auditorium in Green Hall.

With the goal of promoting new and innovative discoveries to solve challenges or needs, the School of Engineering & Applied Science created the Discovery Competition in 2012.

The finalists are:

CyberPowered Home — This team has developed a smart breaker box that automatically senses, interprets and acts on electrical use information. The team says the box can help homeowners save an estimated 25 percent on energy bills while enjoying a more responsive and convenient smart home, and will help utility companies smooth demand, respond to events, make predictions and streamline operational costs and complexity.

Team members:

  • Will Blanchard, who is expected to graduate in May with a bachelor’s degree in computer engineering and bachelor’s in applied science in systems engineering;
  • Allen Nikka, who earned a bachelor’s degree in electrical engineering in 2017 and is earning a master’s in computer science in 2018;
  • Brennan Morell, who is expected to graduate in May with a bachelor’s degree in computer science;
  • Danny Andreev, who is expected to earn a bachelor’s and master’s in electrical engineering and a bachelor’s degree in computer science in 2020.
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OpCoderAI This team has developed a software tool that streamlines the health-care billing and reimbursement process using artificial intelligence and natural language processing. By working as both a supplement to human coders and an auditing tool for hospital administrators, OpCoder AI seeks to revolutionize the efficiency and accuracy of the hospital reimbursement process.

Team members:

  • Peter Delaney, who is expected to graduate in May with a bachelor’s degree in global health & environment;
  • Will Luer, who is expected to graduate in May with a master’s in engineering in computer science & engineering and earned a bachelor’s in mechanical engineering in 2017;
  • Adith Boloor, who earned a master’s in engineering in robotics in December 2017.

Stocksights — This team has developed an automated and interpretable investment analysis platform to help everyday investors make smarter investment decisions. By taking advantage of recent developments in commission-free trading and advances in computational power, the team brings many of the portfolio optimization techniques that were previously limited to professional asset managers to self-directed investors, ultimately providing consumers with fully personalized and meaningful investment guidance.

Team members:

  • Jon Gross, who earned a bachelor’s in systems science & engineering in 2016 and is expected to graduate in May with a bachelor’s in applied science – mechanical engineering and a master’s in engineering data analytics & statistics;
  • Anton Salem, a sophomore majoring in systems science & engineering;

UKnit — This team has developed a 3-D printer for clothing that allows small companies to sample designs in-house and to scale to meet demand.

Team members:

  • Andrew O’Sullivan, who is expected to graduate in May with a bachelor’s in mechanical engineering;
  • Sam Fortmann, who is expected to graduate in May with a bachelor’s in mechanical engineering;
  • Daniel Martin, who is expected to graduate in May with a bachelor’s in mechanical engineering and a master’s in aerospace engineering.

The School of Engineering & Applied Science at Washington University in St. Louis focuses intellectual efforts through a new convergence paradigm and builds on strengths, particularly as applied to medicine and health, energy and environment, entrepreneurship and security. With 96.5 tenured/tenure-track and 33 additional full-time faculty, 1,300 undergraduate students, 1,200 graduate students and 20,000 alumni, we are working to leverage our partnerships with academic and industry partners — across disciplines and across the world — to contribute to solving the greatest global challenges of the 21st century.