2012 US Regional

The US contest was held in conjunction with the IEEE EIT conference in Indianapolis, Indiana, on May 6th and 7th 2012. The contest was organized by Digilent, Inc. 

11 teams qualified in the final stage of presentation & judging. 
The teams showed off their projects in presentations that featured an engineering design discussion, project demonstration, and Q&A session. The panel of judges consisted of industry and academic representatives.
In the award ceremony, held on May 7th, winners were awarded certificates and prizes by representatives of the organizer companies.




Nicholas Burek
Jacob Regan
Thomas Griebel 


Loras College

Dubuque, Iowa, US

First Prize

Graphics Processing Like a Boss  – an integrated GUI components library based on Microchip®  chipKIT microcontroller boards and the Xilinx® Nexys 3

Dolina Maharjan 
Shaun Hamilton 

Loras College

Dubuque, Iowa, US

Second Prize

Path Finder  a Microchip® chipKIT Uno32 microcontroller-based robot capable of solving a maze with two open ends and no loops

Christopher Brady
Anthony Gaught
Alexander Norton 

Bradley University

Peoria, Illinois, US

Third Prize

FPGA-Based 16-QAM Communication System Design – a Xilinx® Spartan 3E Starter FPGA-based 16-QAM communication system consisting of both a transmitter and receiver

Dustin Brown 

 University of Dayton

Dayton, Ohio, US

People’s Choice Award

Writing Motion Capture – a Nexys3 based pen that collects the acceleration and rotation information during your writing and translates the script into digital alphanumeric characters.