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CyberPowered Home wins $25K in 2018 Discovery Competition

The CyberPowered Home team has been chosen as the 2018 Discovery Competition winner, which comes with $25,000 in cash.

“The competition was extremely close,” said Dennis Mell, director of the Discovery Competition and professor of practice in electrical & systems engineering. “All four teams are going to continue to pursue and push their ideas over the next few years.”

The CyberPowered Home 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.

The other winners were as follows:

Second Place: Op Code AI, $7,500 in cash

Third Place: UKnit, $7,500 in in-kind services from Polsinelli

Fourth Place: Stocksights, $2,500 cash