Savannah State University (SSU) will participate in the inaugural Georgia InVenture Prize April 3-4. The SSU team, dubbed Soaring Tigers, will present a new idea for aerial drone configuration to reduce redeployment time after collision or minor structural damage. It will also increase flexibility and reduce drone assembly time. The presentations will be made at Georgia Public Broadcasting (GPB) headquarters in Atlanta, Ga.
The team consists of five electronics engineering technology majors: Abbas Abubakar, senior from Atlanta, Ga.; Awni Alsefi, junior from Orlando, Fla.; Alana Harris, senior from Turks and Caicos; Marcus Benton, senior from Houston, Texas; and Marques Fletcher, senior from Atlanta, Ga. The team is led by Asad Yousef, Ph.D., interim chair of the engineering technology department at SSU.
Georgia InVenture Prize highlights the state’s innovation and the ambitious, growth-oriented student entrepreneurs. The winning institution, of the 19 invited to participate, will receive the “Georgia InVenture Prize Cup” to display on their campus for the year. The competition judges include Lonnie Johnson, inventor of Super Soaker; Tiffany Krumins, founder of MomGenius; and Janelle Fitzpatrick, founder of Better Options Company.
The event is sponsored by the Georgia Chamber of Commerce, which represents investors in every county of the state across more than 500 industry sector. The final round of competition will broadcast April 4, 7 p.m., GPB studios, viewable here: http:// www.gpb.org/georgiainventureprize More about the Georgia InVenture Prize Initiative: www.georgiainventureprize.org/