National security competition chooses winners

For the fourth year in a row, a team of national judges have arrived in Colorado Springs for the National Security Innovation Competition. This year, they choose a Colorado team, as well as an international team.

For the first year, teams from Canadian colleges were allowed to enter, and the team of students from the University of Ottawa won first place for their presentation, “Innovative RP Anchors to increase blast retrofit performance,” an approach to retrofitting buildings to withstand blasts.  The presentation earned a cash prize, and the winners will meet with industry export to help turn their award from theoretical technology to the commercial market.

Second place went to a team from the University of Connecticut, for their project, “Symbitotic structural health monitoring and strict control systems for resillient highway bridges,” a way to monitor structural integrity for the nation’s highway bridge system.

Third place went to a team from the University of Colorado at Boulder, for its plan to create a hybrid propulsion engine.

The day-long event ended with tonight’s award ceremony. The competition highlights technologies that are being researched and developed by students to bring solutions for national security and public safety.