EPIC Innovator Winners

1st Annual EPIC Innovator Competition (2019)

5 finalists and innovative ideas:

  • Jeffrey Bubar & Justin Fox: “Oxyhydrogen Energy Storage”
  • Casey Nichols: “In-conduit Current Energy Converter with Magnetic Transmission.”
  • Bhaskar Mitra: “Real-Time Controller Hardware in Loop for Grid Monitoring Operations using Wavelet Transform”
  • Javad Khalesi: “Thermo-fluid and Mechanical Design of an Advanced Printed Circuit Heat Exchanger for Supercritical CO2 Brayton Cycles”
  • Namwon Kim, Chondon Roy, William Halaburda, Nathaniel Belles, Wallace Obey: “Ubiquitous Hands-on Education: Automated Hardware Module Design & Online-Access”

The 2019 winners:

  • 1st Place: Bhaskar Mitra
  • 2nd Place: Casey Nichols
  • 3rd Place: Jeffrey Bubar & Justin Fox
2nd Annual EPIC Innovator Competition (2020)

5 finalists and innovative ideas:

  • Akintonde Abbas & Olalekan Ogundairo: “PROAktif, A Prosumer-Centric Power Generation Concept for Africa”
  • Margaret Kocherga: “Materials for Single Layer Organic Light-Emitting Diodes
  • Md. Mahmud-Ul-Tarik Chowdhury: “Development of an Integrated Dust Removal System for Solar PV Panels for Better Efficiency”
  • Nicholas Turner: “Future of electrolytic material for Redox Flow Batteries”
  • Jimmy Nyanwapolu: “Distributed Generation and Energy Storage Systems for Commercial Off-Grid (DiGESSCO)”
  • The 2020 winners:
  • 1st Place: Margaret Kocherga
  • 2nd Place: Akintonde Abbas & Olalekan Ogundairo
  • 3rd Place: Nicholas Turner
3rd Annual EPIC Innovator Competition (2021)

5 finalists:

  • Tyler Adams
  • Raheem Ariwoola
  • Amogh Bandekar & Allison File
  • Alex French & Garrett Jones
  • Yafeng Wang

The 2021 winners:

  • 1st Place: Yafeng Wang
  • 2nd Place: Amogh Bandekar & Allison File
  • 3rd Place: Alex French & Garrett Jones
4th Annual EPIC Innovator Competition (2022)

5 finalists:

  • Rakesh Kumar Belchandan, PhD in Electrical Engineering (2025): Building Tools to Modernize Electric Distribution Systems”
  • Haichen Liu, PhD in Electrical Engineering (2022): Modular Hybrid SiC and Si based Battery Inverter for Energy Storage Integration”
  • Seyedehhamideh Hosseiniirani, PhD in Infrastructure and Environmental Systems (2024): Regenerative Facade”
  • Syed Hasnain, BSCE (2022): Geothermal Loop Worm”
  • Roshanak Ashrafi, PhD in Infrastructure and Environmental Systems (2022) and Amir Zarrabi, PhD in Infrastructure and Environmental Systems: “Low Cost Dynamic Solar Simulator”

The 2022 winners:

  • 1st Place: Haichen Li
  • 2nd Place: Roshanak Ashrafi & Amir Zarrabi 3rd Place: Seyedehhamideh Hosseiniirani