Congratulations to all the AIC 2015 finalists!
All these competitors will be attending the AIC final competition on Saturday, October 17 to present their innovative ideas and compete for the top prizes. Check out the event flyer for all the details and come cheer on your favorite idea!
The finalists and a brief description of their ideas are listed below in alphabetical order.
AIC Main Division
Top 20 Finalists
Handheld Microfluidics Photofluorometer
This product is a portable fluorometer specifically designed to carry into situations or regions where power outlets and computers are not readily available, for the purpose of emergency diagnosis and medical observation.
Cold Weather Welding Helmet
The Cold Weather Welding Helmet features a “snorkel type” tube with a disposable mouthpiece built in the welding helmet, with the end of the tube going out the side of the helmet.
Eric Bookless, Isaac Lammers, Daniel Sandstrom, and Neil Gotschall
Paraplegic Sit Ski
In order to accommodate the needs of paraplegic individuals and offer them the opportunity to live more self-sufficient lifestyles, a team of mechanical engineering students are constructing a cross county sit-ski.
The Cone Bung is a conical shaped, waterproof, hand-tightened bung cap for fuel drums.
Lyle Chesley and Hannah Gates
A Safety Device
This safety apparatus is designed to prevent residential electrical fires at their source.
Jeffrey H. Dean
Eye Leveler Gallery Pole
The Eye Leveler makes it possible to hang pictures at eye level quickly and easily.
All Terrain Fat Tire Electric Scooter
This electric scooter was designed and built to be used year round in Arctic environments.
Active Hydronic Ground Cooling Conversion System for Existing Passive Cooling Infrastructure
This invention converts a passive foundation cooling system to an active foundation cooling system.
The ThawHead is a portable, 40-pound apparatus which uses a two-stage process to first thaw ice and then remove the melt water and debris quickly and efficiently, exposing the interior of the container or area needing repair work.
Marc Golat, Gary Taylor, and Dustin Golat
Thread Wizard Bolt Cleaner
The Thread Wizard is a new bolt-cleaning tool invented in Fairbanks by a veteran master mechanic.
Bruno Grunau, Robbin Garber-Slaght, and Vanessa Stevens
The BrHEAThe System: Integrated Heating and Ventilation
The Cold Climate Housing Research Center developed the BrHEAThe system to reduce energy costs for Alaskans while protecting their health. The system integrates heating (Heat) and ventilation (Breathe) to provide a continuous supply of warm, fresh air into the home.
Mark Gunkel, Nate Ayers, Eric Ulery, and Jake Minnillo
Tidal Pumped Hydro Storage
This project uses tidal power to pump seawater into elevated reservoirs.
Ice vs. Erosion
This invention describes automated ice building to stop erosion at one-tenth the cost of conventional construction over a 30-year period.
All Purpose Oil Spill Response Vessel
The All Purpose Oil Spill Response Vessel concept adapts a proven oil and ice separator developed by the Lamor Corporation into a vessel design that allows for effective spill recovery in the broadest range of conditions expected in a changing Arctic Ocean environment.
Commercial & General Aviation Holo-HUD System
By integrating this new technology with existing aviation avionics, such at weather radar, and collision avoidance systems, HUD systems have the opportunity to drastically improve the safety of the aviation industry.
Arctic Stone Products
Arctic Stone is a unique concrete that utilizes waste fly ash, waste expanded polystyrene foam (packaging foam/insulation), and Portland cement.
Marc Mueller-Stoffels and Jeremy Vandermeer
The ST100 Fast Signal Converter
The ST100 signal converter provides the capability to isolate and convert electrical (voltage or current) input signals at orders of magnitude higher speeds than currently available products.
Energy Efficient Transport
This idea proposes to run conductive metal underneath skis and heat it just enough to melt ice and create a layer of water between the skis and the ice, to decrease friction so the skis will glide down slopes that otherwise wouldn’t be tilted enough.
Hot Ice Igloo
The Hot Ice Igloo originates with a familiar scientific demonstration of producing crystallization with sodium acetate and water. The innovative aspect comes in the utilization of the sodium crystals and the proposal that the sodium acetate solution could be poured into a preformed shape.
Dr. Peter Webley
Online Camera Archive and Analysis Environment (ONCE)
ONCE is a web-based environment that allows users to ‘add’ in their camera of choice; the system will then archive the data at the frequency specific by the user.
AIC JR Division
Top 3 Finalists
This idea is for a set of headphones that is able to stop the music when they are no longer on your head. It would pause the sounds until the headphones are replaced on your head.
Samuel Gabe Greenberg and Kyle Hackett
Street Snow Searer
To solve the problem of snow piling up on roadways a large truck with a holding tank and a series of vacuums will suck up the snow, which will be heated in the tank and then dumped into the city sewer system or designated snow runoff area.
Temperature Regulated Oven
A thermometer, which can be placed inside the meat or other food that is cooking, can regulate the oven temperature by either turning it off or switching to a lower temperature once the thermometer attains a certain temperature.
Kaylynn Balcom – “Heat Me: Lunch Box”
Will Blanc and Marcellin Niset – “Rainproof Rucksak”
Marcellin Niset and William Blanc – “Xtratuf Flip-Flop”
AIC Cub Division
Top 3 Finalists
Plastic Digester for Recycling
This plastic digester degrades plastic in less than a year, using a metal tub, Sphingomonas and Pseudomonas spp. (aerobic soil bacteria), and some broth that the chemicals will live in; it also has utensils to stir up the broth and some tubing to aerate it.
This game would make you use fractions to achieve a goal; as you get farther into the game the fractions would get progressively harder, thus making learning fractions fun.
Smoke Choke – Pollution Reduction for Wood Stoves
Smoke Choke uses an ESP (electrostatic precipitator) to reduce the particles of smoke escaping a wood stove chimney. When turned on, the smoke particles passing through are positively charged and are attracted to negatively charged plates; this takes the smoke particles out of the air stream.