A team of electrical engineering (EE) students from the College of Engineering and Applied Science has been selected as a finalist in the 2012/2013 Cornell Cup USA​. This annual student design contest is hosted by Cornell University and presented by Intel.

The competition is a college-level embedded design contest that challenges and empowers student teams of three to five participants to become the inventors of the newest innovative applications of embedded technology. Participants must submit  detailed design plans, a working prototype and a final presentation

The project submitted by the CU Denver team has been awarded $2,500 and Intel/Altera equipment, and there is a final competition in May 2013 during which the team has the opportunity to win up to $10,000.

Electrical Engineering students on the team include Kyle Dunn, Jeff Wiencrot, Benjamin Larkin, Damaris Smith, and Nicholas Lieu. Their project involves the use of an Intel/Altera prototyping board that combines FPGA technology with the low-power Atom processor, to build a small, low-power cellular base station capable of being deployed in remote villages or in emergency situations. Read the teams project summaries online.

CU Denver’s team is advised by Electrical Engineering Assistant Professor Dan Connors.

Other finalists come from universities such as University of California Berkeley, Columbia and Oregon State. There were only 30 finalists out of 124 applicants.

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