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MCW leads the way in statewide innovation competition sponsored by Foxconn

Milwaukee, Jan. 2, 2019 -- Recently, the Medical College of Wisconsin learned that a number of its faculty, staff and students are leading the way in a statewide innovation competition, Smart Cities – Smart Futures, sponsored by Foxconn Technology Group. Foxconn’s goal for this grant competition is to invest in a broad spectrum of new ideas generated by college and university teams throughout the state to improve the health and quality of life of Wisconsin communities.

Foxconn announced Smart Cities – Smart Futures in August, stating it would award up to $1 million over the next three years. The competition focuses on various themes, such as smart mobility, smart buildings, smart homes, smart energy and smart health, as well as efficiency, productivity and the management of resources. More than 300 teams, including several dozen from MCW, submitted Round One proposals by October 31. Last week, at an event at Carthage College in Kenosha, Smart Cities – Smart Futures representatives announced that 88 teams had been selected to receive $500 each to support their ideas; these teams also were invited to prepare more in-depth applications for Round Two.

Of the 88 teams moving forward in the contest, 21 teams – nearly one-quarter of the entire applicant pool for Round Two – are led by MCW faculty, staff and students. More MCW teams advanced in the competition than any other institution in the state. Round Two submissions, which are due by January 31, 2019, will be evaluated independently by four judges who will rank proposals using six separate criteria. Up to 50 winners likely will be announced in early March 2019.

MCW’s Smart Cities – Smart Futures Round One winning teams are captained by:

  • Michelle Botts, student, School of Medicine
  • Carlos Figueroa Castro, MD, Medicine (Infectious Disease)
  • Colleen Cornelius, School of Pharmacy
  • Brad Gershkowitz, student, School of Medicine
  • Chris Decker, MD, Cassie Ferguson, MD, Julia Schmitt, and Abigail Goelzer, Robert D. and Patricia E. Kern Institute for the Transformation of Medical Education
  • Andrew Greene, PhD, Biomedical Engineering
  • Christopher Hillard, Office of Research
  • Kevin Koch, PhD, Radiology
  • Kenneth Lee, MD, Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation
  • Nartisha Leija, Family and Community Medicine
  • Jennifer Lindner, Information Services
  • Rahul Nanchal, MD, Medicine (Pulmonary, Critical Care and Sleep Medicine)
  • James Oujiri, MD, Medicine (Cardiovascular Medicine)
  • Andrew Resnick, MD, MBA, Surgery
  • Shayan Shafiee, student, Graduate School of Biomedical Sciences
  • Zak Sharif-Sidi, student, School of Medicine
  • Rodney Sparapani, PhD, Institute for Health and Equity (Biostatistics)
  • Brandon Tefft, PhD, Biomedical Engineering
  • Ronald Woods, MD, PhD, Surgery (Congenital Heart Surgery)
  • Thomas Zahrt, PhD, Microbiology & Immunology

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