Winners announced for 2020 engineering pitch competition

From left: Kevin Kimle (judge), Charles Cremault, Cole Jensen, Isaac Meyerhole, Nathan Kopp, Andrew Lydon, Clayton Mooney (judge), Devassy Jeev, Dave Biedenbach (judge)

Winners have been announced for the College of Engineering pitch competition that took place inside the Student Innovation Center on Feb. 21.

In the Existing Business Idea category, Cole Jensen (senior, mechanical engineering) took first place while a team including Nathan Kopp (freshman, mechanical engineering) was runner-up. In the New Idea category, Charles Cremault (sophomore, aerospace engineering) took the top slot, while Shawana Tabassum (postdoctoral research associate, electrical and computer engineering) placed second.

“The College of Engineering was proud that we had the highest participation of all ISU pitch competitions,” said Dave Sly, director of Iowa State’s Engineering Entrepreneurship Initiative. “This confirms our college’s commitment to the university-wide focus on Innovation and Entrepreneurship.”

Competitors had 90 seconds to pitch their idea to a panel of three judges. First place winners will receive $500 while runner-ups are awarded $250. The engineering winners will now advance to the campus-wide ISU Innovation Pitch Competition which will take place on Feb. 27. First place winners will receive $5,000 at this contest, while second place will receive $1,000.