Electrical engineers nab third place in Vodafone innovation competition

UNIVERSITY PARK, Pa. — A team of Penn State electrical engineers has won third place in a wireless competition sponsored by the Vodafone Americas Foundation.

The Vodafone Americas Foundation Wireless Innovation Project is designed to spark innovation and seek the best "mobile for good" solutions.

The Penn State team received a $100,000 prize for "G-Fresnel Cell-phone Spectrometer." Their optical spectrometer is designed to be integrated with a mobile phone.

According to the foundation's press release, the optical spectrometer can be used for breast cancer detection, monitoring surgical wounds and color analysis for assisting people with color blindness.

The G-Fresnel effort was developed by Zhiwen Liu, associate professor of electrical engineering, along with doctoral students Perry Edwards and Chuan Yang.

More on the project can be found at http://ultrafastoptics.ee.psu.edu/mobile_spectrometer.

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Last Updated April 29, 2013