The College of Imaging Arts & Sciences 2014 Industrial Design graduate student Melika Alipour Leili, along with Management Information Systems’ 2014 graduate student Kevin Lewis, received the Student Achievement Award in Digital Rochester’s GREAT Awards 2014 on Tuesday for their mobile centrifuge project. The award category was sponsored by The Democrat and Chronicle Media Group. Their Mobile Centrifuge, MobiMed, was a collaborative effort created through IdeaLab@RIT and Rochester Regional Health System.

MobiMed is a blood transport container system with a regulated temperature for transporting life materials to and from hospitals. The system allows phlebotomists to process and refrigerate blood samples in the car—which reduces blood degradation rate to zero percent.

MobiMed was one of the first projects piloted in fall 2013 in IdeaLab@RIT, sponsored by RIT’s Albert J. Simone Center for Student Innovation and Entrepreneurship—where teams of students brainstormed to solve medical-related problems faced by Rochester Regional Health System.

Melika and Kevin also had the opportunity to jumpstart their business in the 2014 Saunders Summer Startup program, a joint entrepreneurial initiative between the Simone Center and Saunders College where students work full time on their businesses over the summer. The small business launchpad offers a stipend, working space in RIT’s Venture Creations and support from RIT faculty, assigned mentors and community business leaders.

To read more about their award, click here for RIT’s University News article.

Congratulations, Melika!

Kevin Lewis accepts the BEST Student Achievement Award from Digital Rochester President Laura Segave.

Kevin Lewis accepts the BEST Student Achievement Award from Digital Rochester President Laura Segave.

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