STA Engineering Challenge 2014


STA 2014 Engineering Challenge

2014 Annual Meeting Winners

First Place: Nicholas McGill, University of Pennsylvania

Second Place: Ryan Durk, Washington University Saint Louis

Third Place: Goeto Dantes, University of Florida

... stay tuned for information on the 2015 Engineering Challenge!

The Society for Technology in Anesthesia (STA) is an international organization of physicians, engineers, students and others with an interest in anesthesia-related technologies. Its mission is to improve the quality of patient care in anesthesia by promulgating the development of better healthcare technologies and the more appropriate application of technology. The Society promotes education and research, collaborates with local, national, and international organizations, sponsors meetings and exhibitions, awards grants, and recognizes achievement. Membership is open to all who are interested. The journal Anesthesia & Analgesia is STA’s official publication.

The Society for Technology in Anesthesia is pleased to announce it’s 6th Annual Engineering Challenge to be held in conjunction with the 2014 Annual Meeting in Orlando, Florida. The competition is open to engineering student groups (BS, MS, or PhD level) from accredited university engineering departments. Groups may have faculty mentorship, but the work should be that of the students. The work may be part of an engineering design course.

The Challenge:

The challenge for 2014 involves use of 3-D printing. The problem is simple. Demonstrate a method to print a Williams intubating airway that can be adjusted based on measurements from a CT or MRI.

1)  It doesn’t have to look identical to a real Williams airway. If you want one to hold in your hand, email

2)  It doesn’t have to work for intubation, but it should be structurally sound

3)  The judging is based on the thought going in, not the plastic coming out

All entrants must send a file capable of being printed on a Makerbot Replicator 2. You don’t have to be present to win, but your airway does. Presentation can be in person, or via Skype or equivalent methods.

All entrants must register on the STA website [] by Dec 15, 2013. Meeting details can be found on the STA website as well.

First prize is the Replicator 2, shipped to you!

Thank you for your submissions!
Deadline December 15th, 2013 

STA Engineering Challenge Contact Information

For questions on the challenge specifications contact:

Jeff E. Mandel, MD, MS
Chair, STA Engineering Challenge 

For all other questions contact: