Invention Coach of Oxygen Concentrator Project
Ben has a range of professional engineering experience from healthcare project management to software development. Ben holds a Master of Engineering (Honours) in mechanical engineering from The University of Auckland, New Zealand where he researched sustainable aerospace composite materials and manufacturing methods.
Ben is a self-taught programmer and electrical engineer from a young age, designing and building an award-winning wearable laser tag game at high school. Ben has been making indie video games since he was a teenager, with multiple self-published titles.
In 2018-2020 he was the founder and Technical Director of Big Boy Pants Studio, making retro mobile video games where their debut title Robot Crusher was featured on Google Play Store. In 2020 Ben founded Digital Tech Academy with the aim to combine his engineering and game development experience into a new STEM EdTech platform to address the UN SDG #4 - education.
In his spare time Ben tinkers in his garage lab with interests in manufacturing, robotics and materials science with ideas towards a sustainable future through technology.
Megan Cadena is a recent graduate from The University of Texas at Austin. She studied for a Bachelor of Science in Biomedical Engineering. She currently works as a volunteer researcher with Public Invention and is currently our Public Outreach Coordinator. She specifically develops and amends mathematical and computational models of complex and real-world systems.
She partnered with Dr. Robert L. Read to develop an analytical solution for representing the degree of tilt of a top plane of a soft-robotic "Stewart Platform" for Public Invention. This analytical solution was accepted to be implemented as a design of a soft-robotic "Stewart Platform" prototype in a UT design Competition, called Create-a-thon. This prototype physically demonstrates how to alter a soft robotic effector arm in shape in order to perform configurations not currently feasible by common soft-robotic mechanisms. Megan hopes to later optimize the modeling of this system and its particular design to later benefit future advance applications, in vivo, such as in future endoscope designs & arterial plaque removal procedures.
She has also worked on a research paper studying the impact rise time has on proper ventilation using MATLAB Simulink tools with a modified MIT lung circuit model.
Avinash is driven by his desire to leverage science and technology to restore the function, independence, and quality of life of people with disabilities. His research interests include assistive robotics, telepresence and human robot interaction. In his spare time, he enjoys painting, listening to music and completing DIY projects.
Hi, I am Pranav. I completed graduate school at Columbia University with a major in Mechanical Engineering and a concentration in Robotics and Controls. Currently at Public Invention, I have been working towards developing a Proportional Integral Derivative (PID) control module for an oxygen concentrator to control pressure and controlling pressure in a ventilator actuated by bellows. I hope to continue working on more projects with Public Invention in the future. My interests in robotics became profound when I developed a bipedal robot during my time at Columbia University. I am also keen towards developing human - assistive robots and medical robots in the future.
In my free time, I like to listen to music and go for long walks with my friends.
Veronica is a graduate from The University of Texas at Austin, earning a Bachelor's degree in Biomedical Engineering and a minor in Business Administration. Her interests lie primarily in medical devices, focusing on Solidworks and mechanically related aspects of such devices. Post-graduation, she works as an R&D Engineer, developing resecting devices and hysteroscopes for polyp and fibroid removal in the intrauterine lining. Her main contribution to Public Invention lies in the Ferrofluid Check Valve project, designing a microfluidic channel by taking advantage of the properties of ferrofluid and magnetic field lines to create a one-way valve. Her experience ranges from the makerspace to the wet-lab. Past projects and work, unrelated to Public Invention, include an autonomous intubation system, T-cell antigen research, and macrophage response in progressively stiffened environments, mimicking tumor progression.
Past Public Inventors:
Ranging from ~100 nanometer SARS-CoV-2 virions to 12 foot high sorghum plants...
Over time, Nathan Sage has worked with many tiny and tall curiosities in the areas of virology and plant breeding.
His hobbies include yoga, weight lifting, running, martial arts, DIY, ttRPGs, and video games.
My name is Harshit Kumar and I did my masters from Columbia University in the city of New York. I am working on the Moonrat project as a Mechanical Design Engineer. Past projects include optimizing the number of Photovoltaic and Wind panels based on past data to reduce overall electricity fluctuation using machine learning algorithms and establishing the importance of piezoelectric layer thickness in cantilever-based energy harvester. In my final project for my Bachelor's degree, I had developed a prototype of an Automated Guided Vehicle for the industrial assembly line of Rimtex Industries which was fully funded by the company itself.
Alexander Musicant is a graduate of Colorado College, where he majored in English literature. His education culminated in a thesis on gender identity in the Sound and the Fury and Lolita. Alex became interested in Public Invention because of their unique approach to humanitarianism. Though his education is rooted in the humanities, Alex is deeply curious about the intersection of several disciplines, including the interplay between science and media. Alex helps the Public Invention team through the development and management of various social media accounts designed to unite likeminded individuals and further the reach of Public Invention’s work. Alex is currently enrolled in the University of Oregon School of Law, where he hopes to explore many of his diverse interests. While his contributions so far have been focused on social media and communication, Alex hopes his education will help him contribute to Public Invention in other ways moving forward.
David is the founder of XtraMath, a nonprofit offering a free online supplementary math education program. Prior to XtraMath, David worked at a variety of startups, including a couple of his own, and spent several years at Microsoft. David has a Master's Degree in Computer Science from the University of Texas, Austin, and a Bachelor's Degree in Computer Science from New York, University. Originally from Goshen, Indiana, David now lives in Seattle.
Lauria Clarke is an engineer and artist living in Boston, MA. She enjoys playing outside, making things, and computer architecture. Lauria holds a M.S. in Computer Engineering from Northeastern University. She has been a major volunteer on the VentMon project for pandemic ventilator verification.
Dr. Ferguson is a thoughtful visionary who thrives in exploring scientific possibilities at the intersection of health and technology. Dr. Ferguson earned his Ph.D. in the Biological Sciences from Johns Hopkins University studying olfactory neuroscience and sensory transduction. To increase his impact on people in the real world, Dr. Ferguson transformed his passions into a career in health and life science consulting with Booz Allen Hamilton. At Booz Allen, Dr. Ferguson leads cutting-edge projects at the interface of life science, technology, and management across multiple government agencies.
Josh completed his B.Sc from Purdue University in Electrical and Computer Engineering in 2015. Post-graduation, Josh worked in verification engineering for the Apple Mac performance team and for IBM server hardware. In 2017, he started working in the blockchain space and is currently working on building and promoting a new smart contract programming language for the Flow blockchain. At Public Invention, Josh helped with the initial design and testing of the GlussCon.
Morgan is currently a senior Mechanical Engineering student at UT Austin. He is interested in additive manufacturing and machine design.
Evan Bartilson provides mechanical engineering solutions for the aerospace, medical, amusement park, heavy equipment, and consumer product industries. He is a primary design resource on Engineers without Borders Armadillo V2 and contributor for PubInv glusscon projects.
Keeshan Patel is a student at The University of Texas at Austin who completed his bachelor’s in Electrical and Computer Engineering and is currently pursuing a Master’s in Software Engineering. He has a passion for robotics and embedded systems. Specifically, his interests lie in rehabilitation robotics where he has conducted exoskeleton research in the Non-Invasive Brain-Machine Interface Lab at the University of Houston and the RENEU Lab at The University of Texas at Austin. Throughout his undergraduate experience, he has interned at Viasat, PriceWaterhouse Coopers, and Apple and has continued his pursuit to extend his knowledge of the tech industry. His various projects can be found on his website.
Halimat Atinuke Farayola
2021 Award Winners
Annual Awards 2021
Best Public Inventor, 2021
For the PolyVent
Best Invention Coach, 2021
For the PolyVent
Most Active Board Member, 2021
For RespiraCon II and Mentoring Opportunities
Best New Public Inventor, 2021
For the Passive Ferrofluid Check Valve
Special Recognition, 2021
For RespiraCon II and Organizing Demand
Marc T. Jones
Honorable Mention Board Member, 2021
For the Sunlight Regulatory License
Best Addition to a Research Paper, 2021
For “VentMon: An open source inline ventilator
tester and monitor.”
H.M. Addition to a Research Paper, 2021
For “Open-source hardware and the great
ventilator rush of 2020”
Best Staff Contribution, 2021
For Outreach Coordination
Best Volunteer Staff Contribution, 2021
For Volunteer Recruitment
H.M. Volunteer Staff Contribution, 2021
For Social Media
Greatest Contribution, 2021
For “the Ox”, VentMon, and VentOS
Most Impactful Writing, 2021
For the Oxygen Concentrator Maintenance
Best Student Writing, 2021
A Tutorial: A Free Geotagging Web Application
Composed of Free Tools
(No Plaque for this group award:)
Christopher J Fang, Kaitlyn Wang, Stephanie A.
Ponce, Concepcion C Appio-Riley, Sana A.
Mohamed, and Samuel Robedee
Best University Team, 2021
2020 Award Winners
These 2020 Public Invention awards were presented on Jan. 10th to:
Special Recognition, 2020
For QA/RA Assistance to the Entire COVID-19 Pandemic Response Community
Special Recognition, 2020
For Community Leadership to the Entire COVID-19 Pandemic Response Community
Halimat Atinuke Farayola
Best New Public Inventor, 2020
For the Moonrat Project
Marc T. Jones
Most Active Board Member, 2020
For the FDA sharing proto-license and Libre Planet 2020
Best Addition to a Research Paper, 2020
For “Modelling the impact of rise time on ventilator performance”
Best Academic Publication, 2020
For “Controlling a variable geometry truss tetrobot with an isomorphic puppet controller”, ICMME 2020
Juan Enrique Villacres-Perez
Best Student Contribution, 2020
For COVID-19 Vent-List and “Modelling the impact of rise time on ventilator performance”
Best Educational Media Production, 2020
For Rapd E. coli Video Production
Invention Coach, Honorable Mention, 2020
For the Math Tablet Project
Best Invention Coach, 2020
For the Moonrat and Rapid E. coli Projects
Greatest Contribution, 2020
For the PIOC, VentMon, and VentOS Projects
Best Public Inventor, 2020
For the VentMon Project