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The Stephen and Geraldine Ricci Interdisciplinary Prize

Stephen Ricci, member of the Engineering Board of Advisors

Steve Ricci has over 30 years of experience in the venture capital industry and has been directly involved in the financing of over 125 companies. He is a past president of the New England Venture Capital Association, and was a founding advisor to Gilde Ventures, a major European venture capital firm. During the past two decades, Steve has developed an extraordinarily deep and broad understanding of the businesses and business models in the information and communications technology sector. He currently serves on the Board of Advisors and the Curriculum Development Committee of Tufts School of Engineering. Steve has a mechanical engineering degree from Tufts University (E67) and an MBA from Harvard Business School.

Read more about the projects from the 2012, 2013, and 2014 winners.

[For additional information about the Ricci Prize, please e-mail Associate Professor Thomas James.]

Electrical engineering undergraduates Alex Henry, E14, EG15, and Nana Kwasi Kwakwa, E14, and doctoral computer science students Tomoki Shibata, Dan Afergan, and Sam Hincks won the 2014 Stephen and Geraldine Ricci Interdisciplinary Prize for their project to create a wireless device to monitor blood oxygen concentration in neural tissue to aid in developing an adaptive information delivery system to respond to user cognitive workload.

Description: The Stephen and Geraldine Ricci Interdisciplinary Prize is awarded annually to student teams that best demonstrate interdisciplinary engineering design and entrepreneurial spirit. The purpose of the prize is to promote the advancement of research at Tufts through projects that assist in translation of research discoveries from the laboratory to applications that benefit society. To win the prize, you must demonstrate the commercial potential of the technology.

Prize: A cash prize of $10,000 will be awarded at the Tufts $100k New Ventures Competition awards ceremony in April. The award will be split evenly among the student team members.

Team Requirements:

  • The team may consist of a minimum of two to a maximum of five members;
  • At least two of the team members must be matriculated, degree-earning undergraduate or graduate students, or recent alumni (graduated within the last two years) from the Tufts University School of Engineering;
  • Team members must represent at least two Tufts University School of Engineering departments, or two different Tufts schools;
  • Non-Tufts team members are permitted, but Tufts engineering students must constitute at least half of the team;
  • The team must have a faculty advisor in Tufts University School of Engineering;
  • Demonstrates interdisciplinary engineering design and entrepreneurial spirit; and
  • Demonstrates commercial potential.

Application: Visit Tufts Gordon Institute's website to compete in Tufts $100K New Ventures Competition.

Grant for Prototype Development: There are a limited number of grants available to assist teams in the process of demonstrating the commercial viability of their project through the development of a prototype. The maximum grant award is $500 per team.
Download the grant request form.

Intellectual Property: Intellectual property will be managed according to the practices and policies of Tufts Office for Technology Licensing and Industry Collaboration, http://techtransfer.tufts.edu/