2015 Main Division Winners

1st Place – $10,000

Cameron Gackstetter

The ThawHead

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.

 

 

 

2nd Place – $5,000

Simon Evans

Active Hydronic Ground Cooling Conversion System for Existing Passive Cooling Infrastructure

This invention converts an existing passive cooling element such as a thermosyphon into an active foundation cooling system. This idea also won the Arctic Kicker award.

 

 

 

3rd Place – $2,000

Mark Gunkel, Nate Ayers, Eric Ulery & Jake Minnillo

Tidal Pumped Hydro Storage

This project uses tidal power to pump seawater into elevated reservoirs for later conversion into electricity.

 

 

 

4th Place – $1,000

Duncan Meyers

Arctic Stone Products

Arctic Stone is a unique concrete that utilizes waste fly ash, waste expanded polystyrene foam (packaging foam/insulation), and Portland cement.

 

 

 

Alaska Student Kicker – $2,000

Eric Bookless, Isaac Lammers, Daniel Sandstrom & Neil Gotschall

Paraplegic Sit Ski

To accommodate the needs of paraplegic individuals, this cross-country sit-ski uses the design of a skateboard truck, which pivots as a skier leans form side to side to turn the axle, to allow the skier to navigate by simply moving their upper body.

 

 

 

Arctic Kicker – $2,000

Simon Evans

Active Hydronic Ground Cooling Conversion System for Existing Passive Cooling Infrastructure

This invention converts an existing passive cooling element such as a thermosyphon into an active foundation cooling system. This idea also won 2nd Place in the Main Division.

 

 

 

 

 

Fan Favorite – $100

Parker Merrifield

Commercial & General Aviation Holo-HUD System

By integrating this new technology with existing aviation avionics, such as weather radar, and collision avoidance systems, HUD systems have the opportunity to drastically improve the safety of the aviation industry. This idea also won an Honorable Mention award.

 

Honorable Mentions – $100

Matthew Anctil

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.

Edmond Apassingok

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 & 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.

 

Kelvin Brodersen

Cone Bung

The Cone Bung is a conical shaped, waterproof, hand-tightened bung cap for fuel drums.

 

Jeffrey H. Dean

Eye Leveler Gallery Pole

The Eye Leveler makes it possible to hang pictures at eye level quickly and easily.

 

Geoff Erwin

All Terrain Fat Tire Electric Scooter

This electric scooter was designed and built to be used year round in Arctic environments.

 

Marc Golat, Gary Taylor & 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 & 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.

 

Paul Kuhn

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.

 

Tom Lakosh

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.

 

Parker Merrifield

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. This idea also won the Fan Favorite award in the Main Division.

 

Marc Mueller-Stoffels & 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.

 

Shane Ohms

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.

 

Joshua Swisher

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.

 

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