In conjunction with COMMON’s Annual Meeting and Exposition each year, the COMMON Education Foundation along with COMMON offer a Student Innovation Award to recognize students that have an academic-related information system project that is considered “Innovative”.  Projects can include anything that improves a process, increases performance, improves productivity or even the development of a new tool or application.  Open to all students and recent graduates enrolled in an undergraduate or graduate program focused on Information Systems, Enterprise Computing, Computer Science, Information Technology or a related concentration, the Grand Prize winner receives an expense paid trip to COMMON’s Annual Meeting and Exposition.

This year’s winner is Anan Ayyad from Purdue University Northwest. As a member of the Formula SAE team, he helped engineer, design and build a formula scale race car to compete against other universities. In doing so, Anan and his counterparts were able to define a data acquisition system that monitors multiple parameters by integrating communication protocols such CAN-BUS, I2C and SPI. Although it’s not the first automotive data acquisition system, it is the first system that combines multiple communication protocols and processes them into a simple single string of data at a fraction of the price of automotive data systems currently on the market.  Anan will be attending this year’s Annual Meeting & Exposition. He will be recognized during Opening Session and also will be presenting a session of his own on his winning project. Congratulations Anan!

The Student Innovation Award represents a unique opportunity for students to demonstrate their skillset and be recognized for their accomplishments.  If you are a student or a recent graduate with an innovation you’d like to share, consider submitting your project for the Student Innovation Award. Next year’s competition will open up in January of 2018.

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