STA Engineering Challenge 2015


STA 2015 Engineering Challenge

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Submission Deadline: Monday, December 15, 2014

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 7th Annual Engineering Challenge to be held in conjunction with the 2015 Annual Meeting in Phoenix, Arizona. 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: All entrants must register by Dec 15, 2014.

Wearable computers are an emerging category of devices that are approaching the mainstream. How can we use these devices as anesthesiologists? This is the question posed by this year’s challenge. When 75% of anesthesiologists wear a watch on the arm they use for intubations, what can we do with that data? The challenge is simple. Using commercially available technology that can be placed on the arm, produce a number that measures the effort exerted during intubation. Ideally, show that the effort is greater during difficult intubations than easy ones.

Judging will be based on originality, implementation, and the probability that anesthesiologists would actually use it. The intent is to have an application that could be used for a multiuser collaborative study comparing subjective and objective assessment of difficulty of intubation.

The competition is open to trainees. This includes engineering students, residents, and fellows. Faculty advisors are permitted, but the primary effort should be the trainees. 

Prizes will include an Apple Watch (when shipping), LG G watch, Fitbit Flex, but due to the rapid introduction of new products, the exact prizes will be determined at a later date.


STA Engineering Challenge Contact Information:

For questions on the challenge specifications contact:

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


2014 Annual Meeting Engineering Challenge Winners

First Place: Nicholas McGill, University of Pennsylvania

Second Place: Ryan Durk, Washington University Saint Louis

Third Place: Goeto Dantes, University of Florida