2018 Innovation Contest Winners Provide Creative Solutions

May 17, 2018

The third annual edition makes it nearly a tradition. Each spring, the ASCE Innovation Contest spotlights creative, talented engineers and their brilliant new ideas.

The 2018 crop of winners features an impressive group of future-focused solutions.

This year’s contest resulted in three overall-award recipients:

RoadBotics” received the Overall Greatest Impact on Delivering the ASCE Grand Challenge Award.

Submitted by the team of Jeff Barker, Mark DeSantis, Miguel Dickson, Christoph Mertz, and Benjamin Schmidt, RoadBotics uses smartphone and artificial intelligence technology to monitor the condition of concrete and asphalt surfaces.

A Bridge to More Resilient Infrastructure” earned the Overall Best New Concept Award.

Submitted by Allen Dusault, Nima Goudarzi, and Elham Ramyar, A Bridge to More Resilient Infrastructure uses a redistribution of load forces to create an entirely new bridge design archetype.

Sustainable Rainbow” earned the Overall Best Student Innovation Award.

Submitted by Zewail City University of Science and Technology (Giza, Egypt) students Mohamed Elozeiri, Alaaeldin Ashraf, and Mohamed Ramadan, the Sustainable Rainbow is a holistic approach toward wastewater management that takes its cues from the water cycle, photons, and the science behind rainbows.

ASCE’s Industry Leaders Council developed the Innovation Contest as part of the Society’s Grand Challenge to significantly enhance the life-cycle performance of infrastructure by 2025.

This year’s winners will be recognized at an invitation-only celebration in Reston, VA, June 27-28. The event will also afford them opportunities to present their ideas to industry leaders and network with other innovative thinkers.

In addition to the three overall-award winners, the contest recognized several category winners:

Innovative Business Models

• Most Feasible – “Custom Fit for the Solar PV Industry,” submitted by Steve Gartner and Paul Sehrt

• Most Innovative – “Sustainable Rainbow”

• Best Value – “ORA Technologies’ Biogenic Coastal Solutions, Let the Oysters do the Work” submitted by Robert L. Beine, Matthew D. Campbell, Steven G. Hall, and Tyler R. Ortego

The Internet of Things

• Most Feasible – “RoadBotics”

• Most Innovative – “RoadBotics”

• Best Value – “RoadBotics”

Next-Generation Transportation

• Most Feasible – “TieTran Cycleloop,” submitted by Chetan Rangaswamy Kulumepalya, Suresh Babu Salla, and Sujith Surendran.

• Most Innovative – “Infrastructure to Infinity – And Beyond,” submitted by Michael J. Roberts

• Best Value – “A Bridge to More Resilient Infrastructure”

Sustainable Engineering

• Most Feasible – “RoadBotics”

• Most Innovative – “Utilization of Concrete to Generate Electricity,” submitted by Mohamed Abdel-Raheem, Jennifer Cortina, Hector Flores, and Ofsman Quintana

• Best Value – “Hydrokinetic Unidirectional Tidal Generator,” submitted by Zachary A. Loeb

Learn more about ASCE’s Grand Challenge and how you can get involved, or email innovationcontest@asce.org.

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