Top prizes in the 2015 Create the Future Design Contest were awarded on November 6 in New York City. The Grand Prize winner, and winners in seven categories, took home awards for their innovative design ideas.

Sponsored by COMSOL and Mouser Electronics – and presented by Tech Briefs Media Group, an SAE International company – the contest attracted more than 1,150 design submissions from around the world.

Find descriptions of all winning inventions and honorable mentions at .

Keynote speaker Karin Edgett was the winner of the Consumer Products category in the 2011 Create the Future Design Contest for the SunFriend wearable Sun tracker and monitor. Karin shared with the audience how her product, which incorporates NASA-developed UV sensor technology, has now become available at various retail outlets. Learn more at .

The seven category winners each received a workstation from prize sponsor Hewlett-Packard. Doug Sahadi, Performance Workstation Specialist, represented HP at the event.

Automotive & Transportation category winner Dr. Luz Marina Calle of NASA’s Kennedy Space Center (with her husband, Dr. Carlos I. Calle), displays the November issue of NASA Tech Briefs, which featured her on the cover. Dr. Calle’s team developed a smart, environmentally friendly coating system for early detection and self-healing of corrosion. Learn more at .

The winners of the $20,000 Grand Prize are giving people with chronic heart failure a chance at a better quality of life. Procyrion has developed Aortix, a catheter-deployed micropump designed as a circulatory assist device that rests and heals the heart. Pictured here are (l-r) Sumit Awasthi of contest supporting sponsor Analog Devices; Grand Prize winners Dr. Jace Heuring, Dr. Reynolds Delgado, and Dr. Omar Benevides; Marilyn Cooper of contest sponsor Mouser Electronics; and Svante Littmarck and Bernt Nilsson of contest sponsor COMSOL. Learn more at .

2015 Create the Future Design Contest winners and sponsors. Front row (l-r): John West, Consumer Products category winner; Mark Eaton, Medical category winner; Grand Prize winner Dr. Omar Benevides; Dr. Luz Marina Calle, Automotive & Transportation category winner; Abhishek Motayed, Aerospace & Defense category winner; Sameer Panda, winner, Most Popular Entry; Lance Richards, Electronics category winner; and William Doggett, Machinery/Automation/Robotics category winner. Back row (l-r): Khurrum Dhanji and Sulaiman Roy of Electronics category sponsor Imagineering; Anders Stubkjaer, Consumer Products category winner; Parvin Dhanji of Imagineering; Doug Sahadi of prize sponsor Hewlett-Packard; Grand Prize winners Dr. Reynolds Delgado and Dr. Jace Heuring; John Dorsey, Machinery/Automation/Robotics category winner; Marilyn Cooper of contest sponsor Mouser Electronics; Sumit Awasthi of contest supporting sponsor Analog Devices; Stephanie LeBeuze, Sustainable Technologies category winner; Udit Bondia, Most Popular Entry winner; and Bernt Nilsson of contest sponsor COMSOL.

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This article first appeared in the December, 2015 issue of NASA Tech Briefs Magazine.

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