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Sac State scores again in regional contest


Team 3 at the SHPE competition: Felix Ortiz, Lisseth Anaya and Jasmine Franco.
Sacramento State's Society of Hispanic Professional Engineers (SHPE) specializes in winning contests.

Late last year, the scrappy bunch won the National Academic Olympiad, besting teams from MIT, UC Berkeley, Stanford and Georgia Tech. Earlier this month, one SHPE team won first place in the Regional Leadership Development Conference at Stanford, while another squad placed third. All three of Sac State’s entries made the finals in the contest’s second round.

The contest challenged undergraduate teams to propose a new product and marketing plan for their own business. Their proposals were crafted, with the help of mentors from sponsoring companies and local start-ups, into business plans for presentation to conference members. A panel of judges from the sponsoring companies selected the winners.

Team One: The Original Engineers (Ariana Castillo, Sergio Tapias and Bryant Ho) each received an Xbox for first place. Their product, Sustain-A-Plug, featured a device to reduce wasted electricity through a vampire load.

Team Three: Lijafé (Jasmine Franco, Lisseth Anaya and Felix Ortiz) received iPod Shuffles for third place. Their product, Stroke Away, included a chip device that can be worn in hats around head or on the wrist to monitor brain waves and caution users when approaching heat stroke.

Team Two: Docom Incorporated (Michael Vasquez, Christian Moya, David Gama and Manuel “Manolo” Ramirez) proposed Ví∙Tap (Virtual Interface Tap) an interactive hologram to enhance visual-based learning experience, which can later be applied to other uses as well.

Sacramento State’s SHPE Chapter also received the Academic Incentive Award, which prompted Emir Macari, dean of the College of Engineering and Computer Science, to say, “It was a great pleasure to see how our students represented our University with the highest levels of professionalism and commitment. It is clear that our Hispanic/Latino Engineering students are the very best in the country and that winning the National Science Olympiad last year in Cincinnati was not a surprise, but rather it has become our SHPE Chapter’s modus operandi.”

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