The Rice team of Sonia Garcia, Shaurya Agarwal, Allison Garza, Viviswath Kumar and Andrew Schober earned $7,500 in the late July competition in Dallas. The DeXcellence device, developed in collaboration with Shriners Hospital for Children, consists of a Bluetooth-enabled peg that patients move over a custom board. The device sends data to software that helps therapists track patients’ progress. The team built the device as a senior capstone design project at Rice’s Oshman Engineering Design Kitchen.
Ohio State won the competition among teams from 120 colleges and universities from the United States, Canada and Mexico. This was the fourth time in five years that Rice has placed among the top three finishers, including firsts in 2011 and 2012.
Earlier this year, DeXcellence took first place at the Rice Engineering Design Showcase and second place in the International Student Design Showcase undergraduate poster competition at the Design of Medical Devices Conference at the University of Minnesota.