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The Rice 360° Institute for Global Health 11th Annual Undergraduate Global Technologies Design Competition will feature 3 student teams from national and international universities who will present low-cost technologies they have designed to address global health challenges in low-resource settings. Judges from industry, academia and medicine will evaluate the designs.

Agenda of Events

2021 COMPETITION AGENDA Friday, March 26th, 9AM CST

9:00 – 9:10

Welcome & Introduction

9:10 – 9:20

Finalist Presentation 1 -

Patho-ML, Rutgers University

9:40 – 9:45


9:45 – 10:25

Keynote Address by

Dr. Data Santorino

9:20 – 9:30

Finalist Presentation 2 - Matone, Rice University

10:25 – 10:30

Awards & Conclusion

9:30 – 9:40

Finalist Presentation 3 -

Smart PVD, Makerere University

Keynote Address

Keynote Speaker

Keynote Speaker - Dr. Data Santorino

Dr. Santorino is currently the Uganda Country Manager for CAMTech Uganda and is also a Pediatrician and Lecturer at Mbarara University of Science and Technology (MUST). Dr. Santorino has championed the creation of an Innovations Ecosystem that includes the monthly MUST Innovation Café, an Innovation office, a Co-Creation laboratory and a students’ innovation internship program that targets medical technology development for Low and Middle Income Countries. His work with CAMTech Uganda led to the establishment of the MUST Center for Innovation and Technology Transfer (CITT) that he currently leads as founding Director.


He is collaboratively involved in the development of the Augmented Infant Resuscitator, an add-on device to existing bag-valve-masks that monitors and provides instant feedback on resuscitation quality. He founded the Simulation for Life program that currently partners with medical and nursing training institutions to scale medical simulation methodologies in Africa. Dr. Santorino has a wealth of experience in research, teaching, innovation management and program implementation.  


Judges & Coaches
  • Joshua Ozer - Rice 360 Advisory Board Member

  • Georgia Jenkins - Epidemiology MPH Candidate, UTSPH

  • Trishna Narula, MPH - Fellow in Population Health, Harris Health System; Medical Student, Stanford School of Medicine

  • Chethan Ramprasad, MD - Gastroenterology Fellow, University of Pennsylvania

  • Padraic Casserly, MS - Design Studio Coordinator, University of Ibadan

  • Noah Perin, CEO - VIA Global Health

  • Roger Glass, PhD - Director, Fogarty International Center, National Institutes of Health

  • Yvonne Senturia, MD MSc FAAP – Retired academic pediatrician/ epidemiologist

  • Phil Repisky - System Safety, Motional

  • Stephanie Marton, MD, MPH - Pediatrician, Baylor College of Medicine

  • Ed Pierce, catalyst - Sailing Instructor

  • Ernest R (Dick) Greene PhD - Research Professor of Engineering and Medicine, UNMSOM

  • Wonedwossen Goshu, DNP - UT health

  • Alex Bonnel, MD - Internal Medicine Hospitalist, University of Pennsylvania

  • Will Moyo - Malawi Design Studio Manager

  • Jordan Schermerhorn - Senior Research Associate, Georgetown Center for Global Health Science and Security

  • Monika Patil, MD - Neonatologist, Baylor College of Medicine

  • Rohith Malya MD - Clinical Advisor, Rice 360; Emergency Medicine Physician, Baylor College of Medicine

  • Robert L. Read, PhD- Head Invention Coach, Public Invention

  • Karen Haney - MD Candidate, University of Texas at Austin Dell Medical School

  • Ann Saterbak, PhD - Professor of the Practice, Duke University

  • Andrea Ulrich - Deputy Director of Operations, Development Gateway

  • Phil Weilerstein - President and CEO, VentureWell

  • Andrew Boggeri - Program Manager, Vantage Robotics

  • Brian Kamamia, M.Eng.,PMP  - Project Manager, African Drone & Data Academy

  • Williams Baah, MPhil  - Design Studio Manager, UNILAG

  • Alicia Malbin - Director Program Management, BD Integrated Diagnostic Solutions

  • Brooke Bernhardt - Assistant Professor, Baylor College of Medicine

  • Renata Wettermann Capo - MS4, Baylor College of Medicine

  • Dana Deardorff, PhD - Director, J&J's Center for Device Innovation

  • Soyoung Kang, PhD - Assistant Teaching Professor, Mechanical Engineering, University of Washington

  • Richard Jacobs - Chemical Engineer, Program Manager PPG Industries, Inc (retired)

  • Ellen Baker MD, MPH - Director, Project ECHO, UT MD Anderson Cancer Center

  • Theresa Sonka - Medical Student, UT Southwestern

  • Hillary Lodzanyama  - Design Studio Manager, University of Malawi - The Polytechnic

  • Edward Matengele- Lecturer, Malawi University of Science and Technology

  • Lila Kerr - Program Manager, Partners In Health

  • Meg Brigman - Principal, Cultivation Capital

  • Michael J. Heffernan, PhD - Principal, Fannin Innovation Studio

  • Elizabeth Stone - Global Health Officer, Office of International Health and Biodefense, U.S. Department of State

  • Katy Nimmons, MPH, MSc.- Public Health Sciences Research Administrator, Texas A&M College of Dentistry

  • Wayne Decker President, Flame Tree Initiative

  • Judy Levison, MD, MPH - Professor, Department of Obstetrics and Gynecology, Baylor College of Medicine

  • Mark Marino - Vice President of Growth Strategy and Development, VentureWell

  • Cindy Cooper - Program Officer, The Lemelson Foundation

  • Abdullah Saleh, MD FRCSC - Chief Executive Director/Founder - Innovative Canadians for Change; Director - Office of Global Surgery, University of Alberta; Pediatric Surgeon - University of Alberta Hospital/Stollery Children's Hospital

  • Maggie Flanagan - Program Officer, The Lemelson Foundation

  • John Abikhaled, MD - Partner, Austin Surgeons

  • Kathleen Sienko, PhD - Professor of Mechanical Engineering, University of Michigan

  • Erin Keaney, PhD - COO, Nonspec

  • Sarah Hooper - Researcher, Stanford University

  • Caroline Soyars - Program Manager and Project Development Lead, University of Michigan Global Health Design Initiative

  • Kara Palamountain - Research Associate Professor, Kellogg School of Management

  • Youseph Yazdi, PhD - Executive Director, Johns Hopkins CBID

  • Patricia DaSilva - Engineer, Procyrion, Inc.

  • Julia Jenjezwa - DIT Design Studio Coordination, Rice 360 Institute of Global Health

  • H.T. Than, JD, MSME, BSME - Attorney-at-Law -- intellectual property

  • Matthew De Venecia- Engineer, OKHealth

  • Jocelyn Brown - Product Manager, Masimo

  • Pablo Henning Manrique - Co-Founder, Saludos Connection

  • Julia Lukomnik - Senior Program Officer, Open Society Foundations Public Health Program

  • Heather Machen, MD, MOH - Pediatric Emergency Dept Director, Stamford, CT

  • Clay and Robin Roberts MD - Radiologist/ Dermatologist, private practice FW, TX

  • Obinna Idika, MPH ; MSc - Public Health Specialist

  • Lauren A. Theis, MPH - Program Manager, Health Systems Strengthening, Clinton Health Access Initiative Lao PDR

  • Joseph Lubega, MD, MS, CPE - Pediatric Hematologist-Oncologist, Baylor College of Medicine

  • Brett Bowman - Director of Product Development, 3rd Stone Design

  • Hastings Golosi - HD Plus Creations, Co-Founder & Creative Director

  • Elizabeth Johansen, Founder & Principal Consultant, Spark Health Design


  • Andre A. Muelenaer Jr., MD, MS - Virginia Tech, Professor of Practice, Department of Biomedical Engineering and Mechanics

  • Andrew Jung - Embedded Software Engineer, Northrop Grumman

  • Andrew R. Miller - The Flex Company, Vice President of Product & Supply Chain

  • Jessie Anderson - Boston University, Biomedical Engineering PhD Student

  • Lisa Gonzalez - Johnson & Johnson, Sr. Manager, Research & Development Program Management

  • Serena Agrawal, BD, Research & Development Engineer

  • Zaid Haque - Nanobiotix, Executive Manager - Global Business Development

  • Jackson Coole - Rice University, Bioengineering PhD Student

  • Dumisani Kaliati - MicroMek, Founder & CEO

  • Million Mafuta - University of Malawi the Polytechnic, Lecturer in Control Systems and Instrumentation

  • Alick Vweza - University of Malawi the Polytechnic, Lecturer

  • Richard Chilipa - Lecturer in Electronic and Electrical Engineering, Malawi University of Science and Technology

  • ​Carmelo DeMaria - University of Pisa, Assistant Professor of Bioengineering

  • Philippa Makobore - Uganda Industrial Research Institute, Head of Instrumentation Division

  • Corin Shirley - Certified Prosthetist and Orthotist

  • Christina Samuel - Global Health Fellow, Rice 360 Institute for Global Health

  • Amit Mistry - Senior Scientist, NIH Fogarty International Center

  • Christina Rincon - Design Coordinator, Rice University 

  • Padraic Casserly - Design Studio Manager, University of Ibadan

  • Sylvie Kalikoff - Global Health Fellow, Rice 360 Institute for Global Health

  • Betsy Asma - Associate Director of Technology Optimization, Rice 360 Institute for Global Health

  • Shravya Kakulamarri - Global Health Fellow, Rice 360 Institute for Global Health

  • Grant Belton - Chief Designer, Rice 360 Institute for Global Health

  • Maddy Tadros - Global Health Fellow, Rice 360 Institute for Global Health

People's Choice Award

Rice 360° People's Choice Awards

This year for our 2021 design competition we had over 33 fantastic semi-finalist teams, but unfortunately we can only have 3 finalists teams, decided by our judges. Your vote counts too! Let us know who you think should win! 

Additional Questions? 

Additional Information

For any additional questions, please contact Dr. Ashley Taylor at

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