The School of Engineering & Applied Science at Washington University in St. Louis aspires to discover the unknown, educate students and serve society. Our strategy focuses intellectual efforts through a new convergence paradigm and builds on strengths, particularly as applied to medicine and health, energy and environment, and security. Through innovative partnerships with academic and industry partners — across disciplines and across the world — we will contribute to solving the greatest global challenges of the 21st century.
Washington University in St. Louis is dedicated to challenging its faculty and students alike to seek new knowledge and greater understanding of an ever-changing, multicultural world.
Members of the ZnDermal team (from left): Andrew Chang, Nicole Ensz, Braden Perkins, Julie Knowles.
In 2013, Suren Dutia, a Washington University Engineering alumnus, and his wife, Jas Grewal, created the Global Impact Award for Washington University students and alumni. Their goal is to encourage entrepreneurs and assist them through education and access to mentors and capital in a nurturing environment that would allow them to grow and scale their ventures.
All are welcome to join the Skandalaris Center for Entrepreneurial Studies Monday, Oct. 6, as it celebrates the finalists in the competition and announces the inaugural winner of this honor.
The event will feature a cocktail hour from 4-5 p.m. with posters and demonstrations from the finalists and the announcement of winners at 5 p.m.
The finalists include:
· Janji, with designs inspired by a country and proceeds helping that country with clean water or nutrition, Janji is the first running brand built around giving back;
· Nanopore Diagnostics LLC, developing a rapid and portable bacterial diagnostic test to take the guess work out of prescribing antibiotics;
· UStrive Inc., an innovative college admissions technology that serves as both a matching tool and social network for students and mentors throughout the entire admissions process;
· ViFlex, developing a pair of low-cost, adjustable eyeglasses as part of a sustainable and scalable solution to reduce the burden of poor vision for the 700 million in the developing world who have untreated refractive error;
· Visiolog has developed an efficient screening tool for underdiagnosed early-childhood vision disorders;
· ZnDermal, a transdermal zinc delivery system, has the potential to revolutionize the treatment of diarrhea diseases in developing countries, saving and improving the quality of millions of lives. The team is made of up Engineering students.
Judges for the award include:
· Joni Cobb, founder and president, Pipeline
· Mary Jo Gorman, founder, Advanced ICU Care
· Ronald Kruszewski, chairman and CEO, Stifel Nicolaus
· Gary Rayner, founder and CEO, LifeProof