- Funded by Mr. Mark Sternheimer, major benefactor and Foundation Board member
- Awarded to projects exhibiting outstanding innovation and entrepreneurship
- Highly prestigious – last year 7 out of 30 teams that applied received awards
- Excellent opportunity for experience, guidance and exposure
- Judged by representatives from companies in the Greater Richmond area
- Winning teams showcase their team and projects to professionals in the engineering field prior to the Expo.
- Friday, October 13, 2017 – One page proof of concept paper due by 12 noon
- Friday, October 27, 2017 – Finalists selected
- Monday, November 13, 2017 – A completed application packet due by 12 noon
- Friday, November 17, 2017 – Finalists present to the Sternheimer Award selection committee
- Tuesday, November 21, 2017 – Sternheimer Award winners notified by the Foundation
VCU School of Engineering Foundation
Mark A. Sternheimer, Sr. Design Award
Grant Application Process and Timeline
The VCU School of Engineering Foundation is pleased to invite teams to apply for the Mark A. Sternheimer Senior Capstone Design Award. The Sternheimer Award was established in 2012 by Mr. Sternheimer with the intent of promoting innovative and entrepreneurial projects.
Sternheimer Award applications are judged by a committee of representatives from companies in the region and beyond. In addition to potential funding, teams are provided a unique opportunity to showcase their team and projects to professionals in the engineering field prior to the Expo.
The timeline and details for each step of the Sternheimer Award application process are listed below:
Friday, October 13, 2017
A one-page proof of concept paper that includes the following is due by 12 noon.
- A summary of the project & its purpose.
- A summary of the innovative nature of the project and/or how it furthers research on a particular topic.
- A statement on how the project positively impacts the world in which we live.
- Signatures, emails, and phone numbers for of all members of the team and the faculty advisor.
Papers should be provided in .pdf format and emailed to Dr Ben Ward. Director Project Outreach, at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Friday, October 27, 2017
Teams selected (Finalists) to continue in the granting process will be contacted.
Monday, November 13, 2017
A completed application packet that includes the following is due by 12 noon.
- (1 page limit): A detailed project abstract that also includes the title of your project, names of team members and their department affiliation(s), and name of faculty advisor(s). The abstract must coherently describe the project, its purpose, and the methodology for project completion.
- (1 page limit): A line item budget that reflects all expenses related to the completed project.
- Suggested but not required (1 page limit): Any supplementary materials or images that help describe your project.
Applications should be provided in .pdf format and emailed to Dr Ben Ward at email@example.com.
Friday, November 17, 2017
Finalists will present to the Sternheimer Award selection committee (details on time, location, etc. to be provided closer to the date). Presentations should use the following guidelines:
- Last no longer than 5 minutes. There will be 3 minutes added for questions and answers.
- No handouts will be allowed. Any supplemental material should be shared via a PowerPoint as part of the presentation. PowerPoint files should be brought to the presentation on a thumb drive.
- Professional dress is encouraged.
Tuesday, November 21, 2017
Sternheimer Award winners will be notified.
Late or incomplete papers/applications will not be considered.
Questions? Please contact Dr Ben Ward, Director Project Outreach, VCU School of Engineering, Room 344, West Hall Engineering - firstname.lastname@example.org.
The VCU School of Engineering Foundation has announced the 10 winning teams for the 2017-2018 Mark A. Sternheimer Senior Capstone Design Award. The award, established in 2012 by Sternheimer, a Foundation Board member and benefactor, promotes innovative and entrepreneurial projects.
Out of a pool of 27 applicants, 17 finalists made presentations on Nov. 10 to a panel of judges from Richmond-area companies.
Below are the award winners.
|Department||Project||Team Members||Faculty Advisor||Sponsor|
|Device for the Detection of Distal Tracheal Pressure in Pediatric Patients||Ronil Vaghjiani, Nilan Vaghjiani, Vinh Dao, Virang Kumar||Ding-Yu Fei, Ph.D.||VCU Pediatrics|
|Feedback Device for Orogastric Feeding Systems||John Cotsonas, Benjamin Nguyen, Ngheim Le, Zoe Villamar||Daniel Conway, Ph.D.|
|Darkening Isolette Walls||Aniket Kulkarni, Chandana Muktipaty, Joshna Seelam, Kashyap Venuthurupalli||René Olivares-Navarrete, D.D.S., Ph.D.||VCU Pediatrics|
|Campus Bluetooth Tag Network||Nicholas Bennett, Jordan Mays-Rowland, Justin Yirka||Eyuphan Bulut, Ph.D.|
|Interactive Flowchart Learning Tool||Dakota Bly, Taylor Kaplan, Ayyan Talib||Debra Duke, M.S.||Science Museum of VA|
|Daily Planet: Medical Inventory Management Application||Joseph Conteh, Abdullah Hashmi, Ziyad Moussa||Robert Dahlberg, Ph.D.||Daily Planet|
|Modular, Lower-Arm 3D Printed Prosthesis||Lauren Linkous, Sofia Duarte, Johnny Bui, Zachary Clement||Zhi-Fang Wang, Ph.D.|
|Rapid prototyping of on-chip optical devices (RAPID Photonics)||Lionel Brookins, Robert Edwards, Adam Morrisset, Robert West||Nathaniel Kinsey, Ph.D.; Ümit Özgür, Ph.D.||Night Vision Labs|
|Team Warbler: Building a Smarter Birdhouse||Amanda Fauntleroy, Christopher French, Alexandra Kokich||A. Vennie Filippas, Ph.D.||Environmental Engineering|
|Energy Efficient Solid-State Magnetic Cooling Device||Henry Garcia, Meredith Hutton, Khushar Javed, Yahya Maly, Quang Nguyen||Ravi Hadimani, Ph.D.|
Please click the Project Number to download the information document for the finalist project.
If you require assistance in accessing or reading the following PDFs, please contact us.
|BME 101 Document||Design That Increases Chest Wall Rigidity of the Extremely Low Birth Weight Premature Infants|
|BME 104 Document||Darkening Isolette Walls|
|BME 105 Document||Device for the Detection of Distal Tracheal Pressure in Pediatric Patients|
|BME 110 Document||Feedback Device for Orogastric Feeding Systems|
|CLSE 208 Document||Nicotine Buster: Rapid Field Testing for Law Enforcement|
|CS 317 Document||Campus Bluetooth Tag Network|
|CS 318 Document||Interactive Flowchart|
|CS 319 Document||Daily Planet: Medical Inventory Management Application|
|ECE 405 Document||Team Warbler: Building a Smarter Birdhouse|
|ECE 406 Document||Stealth Device to Call for Help for Domestic Violence Victims (SHIELD)|
|ECE 410 Document||Modular, Lower-Arm 3D Printed Prosthesis|
|ECE 411 Document||Rapid prototyping of on-chip optical devices (RAPIDPhotonics)|
|MNE 511 Document||Energy Efficient Solid-State Magnetic Cooling Device|
|MNE 512 Document||Designing a Fog Harvesting Surface for Arid Climates|
|MNE 518 Document||Development and Optimization for a UAV Based Radiation Measurement System|
|MNE 523 Document||Nano-Engineered Textile Fabric|
|MULTI 603 Document||Aerial Swarming Automous Polinating Drones|
2017-18 One Page Proof of Concept
Please click the Project Number to download the One Page Proof of Concept for a team.
If you require assistance in accessing or reading the following PDFs, please contact us.
|BME 101||Design That Increases Chest Wall Rigidity of the Extremely Low Birth Weight Premature Infants|
|BME 104||Pediatric Darkening of Isolette Walls|
|BME 105||Device for Detection of Distal Tracheal Pressure in Pediatric Patients|
|BME 107||Microfluidic Device to Measure Effects of Substrate Stiffness, Shear Stress, and Chemotactic Gradient|
|BME 109||Cryoclamps: Proof of Concept|
|BME 110||Feedback Device for Orogastric Feeding Systems|
|CLSE 201||JTCC/Altria Process Control Simulator|
|CLSE 208||Rapid Test for Nicotine in Vape Liquids|
|CS 315||Electronic Infrastructure for the Abstraction of Radiotherapy Data for the Assessment of Quality of Radiotherapy.|
|CS 317||iBeacon Tag Network on Campus|
|CS 318||Coding: The Language of the Future|
|CS 319||Daily Planet Inventory System|
|ECE 405||Team Warbler Migration Patterns|
|ECE 406||Stealth device to call for help for domestic violence victims|
|ECE 407||Accent Lighting with LED|
|ECE 410||Modular, Lower-Arm 3D Printed Prosthesis|
|ECE 411||Rapid prototyping of on-chip optical devices (RAPIDPhotonics)|
|MNE 501||Quiet Blender|
|MNE 510||Fluids as an Art Form: Engineering a Device that Captures the Rayleigh-Taylor Instability 3|
|MNE 511||Energy Efficient Solid-State Magnetic Cooling Device|
|MNE 512||Designing a Fog Harvesting Surface for Arid Climates|
|MNE 516||Nanoliter Liquid Dispenser Design|
|MNE 517||3D Printed Capacitive Touch Sensing System|
|MNE 521||Nuclear Reactor for Mars|
|MNE 523||Nano-Engineered Textile Fabric|
|MNE 530||Formula SAE Suspension and Chassis|
|MULTI 603||Aerial Swarming Automous Polinating Drones|