Island University College of Science and Engineering Students Win Big at ‘Aggies Invent’ Weekend

Published: November 11, 2016

Island University College of Science and Engineering Students Win Big at ‘Aggies Invent’ Weekend

CORPUS CHRISTI, Texas –Students from Texas A&M University-Corpus Christi’s College of Science and Engineering (COSE) participated in the Texas A&M University (TAMU) College of Engineering, “Aggies Invent Weekend.” During the 48-hour challenge they tackled the development of new devices, learned processing techniques and technologies that allows for an array of new business opportunities. The event was held Oct. 21-23, at the TAMU Engineering Innovation Center (EIC) in College Station and challenged students to collaborate on projects that displayed their sense of innovation, creativity and communication skills.

Participating A&M-Corpus Christi students Zachary Garcia, Jared Stowell, Ximena Cabrera and Raul Martinez formed the group, “GreenTech Systems.” The team took third place and won a prize of $500 for their agricultural data collection tool which aims to replicate a solar garden lamp. The lamp will be used for gardening and farming by obtaining a real-time soil analysis. This analysis would allow agriculturalists to create an improvement plan for plant health.

“It’s hard not to learn when you’re surrounded by great minds,” said Stowell, junior computer science major. “The competition was a great experience. It surprised me what can be accomplished in a 48-hour period. I expected to come here and be challenged, and this competition did not disappoint.” 

The trip was sponsored by the COSE and the students who attended were chosen by the Island University’s Division of Research, Commercialization and Outreach (RCO). Through this opportunity the students were able to take part in an event that allowed them to compete against some of the best and brightest students that Texas has to offer. Participants were assisted by TAMU’s EIC staff, Texas Instruments and Accenture mentors.

“I learned not to be afraid to try something new,” said Martinez, senior computer science major. “Sometimes you need to try something different to find what you're passionate about and these competitions can really open your eyes to endless possibilities.”

The students who took part in the event have created a website for the invention and are currently working to re-design the tool to incorporate newly-developed aspects that will increase its functionality.

RCO selected the group of Islander students to participate as part of their mission to promote innovation and entrepreneurial culture among the campus community.

“We’re so excited to be able to provide an experience that will benefit our students in both their collegiate and professional careers,” said Sharmeen Ahmed, Research and Commercialization Analyst at the RCO. “We encourage our students to engage in obstacles that will push them to be as innovative as possible and hope to soon bring the program to Texas A&M-Corpus Christi so that others have a chance to show their hard work and dedication in their field of study.”

The Division of RCO at A&M-Corpus Christi specializes in offering professional development opportunities for faculty, researchers and students while supporting research development and administration. To learn more about RCO and its departments, visit