Stephen and Geraldine Ricci Interdisciplinary Prize
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
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Electrical engineering undergraduates Alex Henry,
E14, EG15, and
Kwasi Kwakwa, E14, and doctoral computer science students
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 first place prize of $7,500 will be awarded each May. 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 pursuing degrees in Tufts University School of Engineering. Team members may also be drawn from
students at other Tufts schools, but engineering students must constitute at
least half of the team. All students must be actively registered and
taking courses at Tufts University in either graduate or
undergraduate degree programs.
Team members can seek advice and assistance from non-team
members, but the preponderance of the engineering design and the
fulfillment of deliverables, such as design calculations, posters,
prototypes, videos, reports, etc. must be completed by the team
Project Criteria: The project must demonstrate the
advantages of interdisciplinary research and design in the practice
of engineering. The design project objective can be to develop a
system, process, or product, as long as the final prototype
demonstrates commercial potential. All projects must have a faculty
sponsor within the School of Engineering.
Application: Teams must be nominated for the prize by a
faculty member in the School of Engineering. Students are
responsible for obtaining the required signatures and submission of
the nomination form, which includes a brief project description. Download
Final Report and Video Presentation: April 14, 2014
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.
The maximum grant award $500. Download the grant request form.
Judging and Intellectual Property: Projects will be judged
by a panel, consisting of Tufts faculty members and outside
representatives, which may include venture capitalists and leaders
of technology firms. All work product generated by students will be
treated as confidential and will not constitute a public disclosure.
Intellectual property will be managed according to the practices and
policies of Tufts Office for Technology Licensing and Industry