Sophomores Win MedTech Grand Prize

POSTED ON: December 20, 2017


Two Cooper Union engineering sophomores were awarded the $10,000 grand prize at the MedTech Impact Challenge Quadruple Impact Challenge in Las Vegas on December 14. Naomi Javitt (mechanical engineering) and Stephanie Raphael (civil engineering) presented a poster for their invention Safe Step, a device to aid those with peripheral neuropathy, in front of an audience that included a distinguished panel of experts who served as the competition's judge. This video explains their invention.

Another pair of Cooper students also competed: Benjamin Kaplan and Alon S. Levin, sophomores studying electrical engineering.


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