Stanford Students Take Top Prize in IEEE Presidents' Change the World Competition

Students were recognized for their hand-held diagnostic lab

6 July 2009

Students from Stanford University won US $10 000 in the IEEE Presidents' Change the World Competition for their hand-held diagnostic lab. The competition recognizes students who develop unique solutions to real-world problems using engineering, science, computing, and leadership skills to benefit their community and/or humanity as a whole. The IEEE Presidents' Change the World Competition is part of the global celebration of IEEE's 125th Anniversary.

"The IEEE Presidents' Change the World Competition provided students from across the globe with an opportunity to use their engineering and technology skills, and to express their creativity, entrepreneurship, and leadership to make a positive impact on humanity," says John Vig, IEEE President and chair of the 125th Anniversary Committee." This contest not only successfully engaged students worldwide, but also helped stimulate their inherent passion for helping mankind and making a real difference."

More than 200 students took advantage of the opportunity to have their ingenuity and enthusiasm for engineering and technology recognized by IEEE members worldwide. A panel of judges narrowed down the entries to a list of 15 finalists, and IEEE's immediate past, present, and future presidents evaluated each one and selected the winners based on the results their project achieved as well as the overall impact on humanity or their local community.


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