The Bradley Mottier Innovation Competition in Systems Engineering

The Mottier Innovation Challenge in Systems Engineering is an annual challenge, housed in the department of Industrial and Systems Engineering (ISE). This inaugural competition commences on September 15, 2017 and aims to stimulate and excite innovation instincts, engender team spirit and cooperative problem solving, while reaching solutions with significant societal impact.

2017 Winners

2017 Guidelines

Challenge Participants

  • The Challenge is open to all students, undergraduate and graduate, enrolled in the College of Engineering

  • A maximum of 10 teams of students are eligible to participate in the Challenge each year
  • Competing teams must be comprised of a minimum of 2 students and a maximum of 4 students
  • At least two students – undergraduate or graduate - from each team must be enrolled in the ISE department
  • A maximum of 3 graduate students can be on a competing team.

Selection Criteria

  • The Challenge will be a three-step process. Each step will provide incentives to progress through the competition and complete the project:
    • Application - projects will be approved by the selection committee before teams are allowed to compete
    • Midterm Report – teams are encouraged to submit a report at the Challenge’s midterm, which will impact total points awarded for projects
    • Final Presentation – involves a written report and an oral presentation that may be accompanied by posters, computer graphics and design model(s)
  • Focus will be on the practical viability of the idea and soundness of the business plan
  • Selection criteria will be composed of a rubric assigning points to:
    • Answer Heilmeier’s Catechism questions:
      • What are you trying to do? Articulate your objectives using absolutely no jargon.
      • How is it done today, and what are the limits of current practice?
      • What's new in your approach and why do you think it will be successful?
      • Who cares? If you're successful, what difference will it make? What are the risks and the payoffs?
      • How much will it cost? How long will it take? What are the midterm and final "exams" to check for success?

Challenge Timeline

  • January 20 - September 15, 2017 - Applications Accepted
  • April 13 - 20, 2017 - Application Review
    * applications submitted by April 12
  • April 25, 2017 - Teams Notified of Challenge Acceptance (for applications submitted by April 12)
    *applications submitted after April 12 will be notified by September 12, 2017
  • August 28, 2017 - Challenge commences
  • October 5, 2017 – Mid-term reports due
  • Dec. 1, 2017 – Challenge ends (11 weeks)
  • Dec. 4-8, 2017 - Judge final presentations
  • Dec. 15, 2017 - Announce top three teams


  • Participating teams will be reimbursed up to $500 for expenses including of materials, equipment and other critical items needed to compete.

Team Awards

  • The selection committee will evaluate and select the top three teams and offer awards as follows:
    • 1st place - $3,000.00
    • 2nd place - $1,500.00
    • 3rd place - $500.00

Application Process

  • Applications will be selected based on intellectual merit and projects embracing a broader societal impact
  • A dedicated webpage is available for online applications, containing all pertinent dates, innovation themes, presentation format, eligibility requirements and deadlines for the Challenge
  • A standardized application template will be used to ensure projects are properly evaluated and applicants are given equal consideration
  • Course credit will not be offered by the ISE Department
  • A condition of the application process is a pledge for members of the top three teams to attend the ISE Awards Banquet, if the Challenge’s timeline is able to accommodate
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