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Awards & Recognition

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Student Innovation Awards

Student Innovation Awards is a competition sponsored by Driehaus' Center for Innovation. The competition is held annually and brings out the finest innovative ideas from students all around the university.

The 2016 awards gave students an opportunity to solve challenges posed by local Chicago organizations, Nervana, Inc., SAP and UI Labs. Click here​ to read more about the 2016 Student Innovation Awards.

The 2015 awards featured over 80 students or teams with innovations relating to everything from healthcare technology to fashion.

Student Innovation Award Winners

2016 Winners

Nervana, Growth for Good
Winner: Evan Bennett

SAP, Idea Dissemination
Winner: Gerardo Garza, Jr.

UI Labs, Reduce Energy Consumption
Winner: Justin Gaczorek

UI Labs, Create a Transportation Demand Management Platform
Winner: Morgan Schulof ​

2015 Winners


Gold: Safe Crosser, Monica Grygorowicz, Driehaus College of Business
Silver: HealthPrentice, Khoa Nguyen, Driehaus College of Business
Bronze: Pulp Paper, Elaine Ackerman, Driehaus College of Business
Bronze: KidsBand + App, Jenny Fuerte, College of Computing and Digital Media


Gold: WeatherBox, Casandra Bungert, Kellstadt Graduate School of Business
Silver: Horse Pilates, Sue Nicole Susenburger, College of Communication
Bronze: Knight Out Collection, Adam H. Grossman, Kellstadt Graduate School of Business

Honorable Mention

3D Recycling Printer (3DRP), Mariana Gutierrez, Driehaus College of Business
IPSER, Morgan Schulhof, Driehaus College of Business
Phonella, David Allen, Driehaus College of Business ​

2015 Student Innovation Awards

Innovation Ambassadors Award

The Innovation Ambassadors Award was created to recognize students for committing their time and effort in service to the center on initiatives and activities that support innovation in the university and business communities. 

Innovation Advocacy Award

The Innovation Advocacy Award was created to recognize extraordinary service to the field to promote greater understanding and growth, and to celebrate people who contribute significant efforts to educating future innovators and supporting innovation in the business community.

The Center for Innovation was pleased to present the inaugural Innovation Advocacy Award to Carol Oman, of Consumer Innovation at Kraft Foods R&D. Carol deserves special recognition for her commitment to and passionate interest in the fields of creativity and innovation management. Over the years, Carol has fostered the education of students in innovation at DePaul university, as well as participated in many outreach efforts in the business community that bring people together for professional development and growth. ​