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Georgia Tech Capstone Design Expo Seelio Award Winner: Team LumbarJax!

Every semester, undergraduate students at Georgia Institute of Technology work on fascinating projects in their Capstone Design class to design, build, and test prototypes that can be applied to real-world situations. Student teams work hard to apply engineering concepts to the prototypes they’ve learned in class and develop leadership skills while working in a team environment. At the end of the semester, the teams show off and pitch their inventions to experts and judges at the Capstone Design Expo and win awards and prizes.

We were thrilled to be a part of this spring’s Capstone Design Expo. We partnered with Georgia Tech to give students a way to share their projects and continue to gain exposure at the Capstone Design Expo and beyond.

We presented a $500 Seelio Award to the team that created the best expo work. It was a difficult decision; students worked hard to build and design innovative projects and did a great job capturing them in their Seelio portfolios. However, we made our decision based on the following criteria: how comprehensive, reflective, collaborative and visually engaging the Seelio work was.

And, drum roll please… the winner of the Seelio award is Team LumbarJax! The team designed and created the OmniLIF implant, an “Expandalone” Anterior Lumbar Interbody Fusion Device. According to their work, “The OmniLIF is designed to provide lordotic adjustment customized to the needs of every patient and promote bone fusion. The implant eliminates the need for highly invasive osteotomies that introduce large degrees of lordosis and bridges the gap between current innovation in the market. Some ALIF devices are stand-alone and some are expandable, but the OmniLIF is both.”

Our Director of Educational Services, Holly Stuard, presents the award to Team LumbarJax:

LumbarJax Team members (from left to right):
John Mahoney, Ryan Smith, Alec DeFilippo, and Kyle Huckeba.

Team LumbarJax on Seelio

Anterior view of the fully expanded titanium OmniLIF

Congratulations, gentlemen!

We look forward to continuing to work with Georgia Tech and its students and give a big round of applause to Team LumbarJax and all the other amazing students we met at the Expo! To check out other projects and learn more about the Design Expo, see the Georgia Tech Spring 2014 Capstone Design Expo Showcase.

Student Spotlight: OAMI Campus Scholars Antara Afrin and Wayne Lester

We were thrilled to celebrate a great semester with the Office of Academic and Multicultural Initiatives (OAMI) Campus Scholars a few weeks ago. OAMI Campus Scholars have been building their portfolios on Seelio over the last year and to recognize their work, OAMI held a dinner to celebrate the end of the semester and to award a special prize to the students with the two strongest portfolios.

We’d like to introduce you to the winners:

Meet Antara Afrin“The type of person to believe “A dream doesn’t become reality through magic; it takes sweat, determination and hard work.” (Colin Powell)”

Antara Afrin on Seelio

Meet Wayne Lester: “I am a musical yet athletic, artistic and creative engineer.”

Wayne Lester on Seelio

We’re amazed by Antara and Wayne’s work and look forward to following all of the Campus Scholars in their continued success at the University of Michigan. Congratulations on a wonderful year!

See more about our work with OAMI Campus Scholars in our recent Equity within the Classroom Conference presentation.