North Carolina State University, 2012 - $17,000

Due to stagnant growth in the nuclear industry over the last few decades, there has been little innovation in the area of radiation detection and analysis. In terms of technological innovation, the industry still uses radiation detectors based on a 1970's design; the user spins a dial in order to give measurements. Companies must then record measurements by hand, enter them into a data analysis program by hand, file all paperwork by hand, and finally input the results into a database by hand.

This E-Team is designing a modern radiation detector that can not only detect radiation but also analyze measurements and has a data format that can be read by any general data analysis software, such as Excel. The detector will use the latest in mobile technology, including the Android and iOS operating systems. This paperwork automation solution will be offered to companies experiencing backlogs due to high labor costs and human error.