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2011 Winner and Finalist

The 2011 winner and finalist of the Lemelson-MIT Caltech Student Prize were announced at a nationwide simulcast involving Caltech, Massachusetts Institute of Technology, Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute, and University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. The winner was Guoan Zheng who received the $30,000 Lemelson-MIT Caltech Student Prize. The finalist was Wendian "Leo" Shi who received a $10,000 award made possible through the support of Caltech alumnus Michael Hunkapiller.

Guoan ZhengGuoan Zheng, a graduate student in Electrical Engineering working with Professor Changhuei Yang, is the winner of this year's $30,000 Lemelson-MIT Caltech Student Prize. He was awarded the prize for his innovative development of an on-chip, inexpensive microscopy imaging technology with many potential applications, including improved diagnostics for malaria and other blood-borne diseases in the developing world..

Wendian "Leo" ShiWendian "Leo" Shi, a graduate student in Electrical Engineering working with Professor Yu-Chong Tai, is the winner of $10,000 Caltech finalist prize in innovation generously donated by alumnus Michael W. Hunkapiller. Shi received the prize for the invention of the "µCyto," a portable lab-on-a-chip system for determining white blood cell counts for point-of-care diagnostics.

View Lemelson-MIT Collegiate Student Prize Announcement
Lees-Kubota Lecture Hall, March 9, 2011
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View "On-chip Microscope Based on Low-cost CMOS Image Sensor" by Guoan Zheng
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View "µCyto: A Portable Blood Counter for Point-of-Care Diagnostics" by Wendian "Leo" Shi
Video | Requires Flash plugin | Length: 23 min.

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