Student Success: Teams Earn Awards for Social Media Savvy and Technology Innovation

2014 Cornell Cup Team

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Dr. Mequanint Moges with Team Synergetech: Jordan Harper, Falon Dostal, Corey Miles, Zainab Bashir, Katherine Martinez; and Team SEMG: Reimberto Fuentes, Steve Reyes, Dr. Wajiha Shireen, Ayazhan Zhakhan, Joshua Lopez

Two College of Technology teams earned awards for their participation in the 2014 Cornell USA – a yearlong academic embedded design competition presented by Intel. As finalists, both teams attend the third annual competition at the Walt Disney World Result in Lake Buena Vista, Florida, May 2 - 3.

The Synergetech team used the power of Facebook, Twitter, blogs and other social media to get out the word about their sports innovation, a system that has implications for athletes from the schoolyard to the Olympics. The team has focused on basketball shooting analysis to improve the free throw success rate that earned them a spot in the competition finals. They placed among the top 5 on the Cornell Cup blog survey, and won a Cornell Cup Media Award, which came with a $1,000 prize. The team’s tech blog ranked fourth in the first round of voting for the media award and third in the final round. Snyergetch team member Katherine Martinez, a graduating computer engineering technology senior continues to garner media attention. Her commentary is featured in the International Society of Automation (ISA) news.

Learn more about the team on their online blog at Synergetech Blog.

The Smart Energy Micro Grid Team (SEMG) won Honorable Recognition for tackling the challenges of energy efficiency and consumption by creating a system capable of controlling the power distribution process, protecting the grid, and monitoring power usage across multiple sources.

Learn more about SEMG on their online blog at: SEMG Blog.

See the video highlights of the Cornell Cup USA: