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Mottier Innovation Challenge in Systems Engineering

Event Type
The Department of Industrial & Enterprise Systems Engineering and ISE Alumnus, Bradley Mottier
Zoom - Contact Julie Murphy for a link to connect
wifi event
Dec 3, 2021   8:30 am  
Application to Participate
Julie Murphy
Originating Calendar
ISE Event Calendar

The Mottier Innovation Challenge in Systems Engineering is a great place for you to launch your great idea for a new business or technology.

Challenge Participants

  • The Challenge is open to all students, undergraduate and graduate, enrolled in the College of Engineering
  • A maximum of ten (10) teams of students are eligible to participate in the Challenge each year
  • Competing teams must be comprised of a minimum of two (2) students and a maximum of four (4) students
  • At least two students – undergraduate or graduate - from each team must be enrolled in the ISE department
  • A maximum of three (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:
    1. Application - the selection committee will approve projects before teams are allowed to compete 
    2. Midterm Report – teams are encouraged to submit a report at the Challenge's midterm, which will impact the total points awarded for projects
    3. Final Presentation – involves a written report and an oral presentation that may be accompanied by posters, computer graphics, and design model(s)
  • The 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:
    1. Answer Heilmeier's Catechism questions:
      1. What are you trying to do? Articulate your objectives using absolutely no jargon.
      2. How is it done today, and what are the limits of current practice?
      3. What's new in your approach, and why do you think it will be successful?
      4. Who cares? If you're successful, what difference will it make? What are the risks and the payoffs?
      5. How much will it cost? How long will it take? What are the midterm and final "exams" to check for success?

Challenge Budget

  • Participating teams will be reimbursed up to $500 for expenses of materials, equipment, and other critical items needed to compete. Valid receipts are necessary for reimbursement.
  • The selection committee will evaluate and select the top three teams and offer awards as follows:
    1. 1st place - $5,000.00
    2. 2nd Place - $2,000.00
    3. 3rd Place - $1000.00

Some dates to consider:

  • September 12 – Deadline for participant applications
  • October 17 – Mid-term reports due
  • November 28 – Final reports due
  • December 3 – Final presentations and judging (virtual event)
  • December 10 - Announce top three teams

For full details about the Challenge, visit:
Apply online by September 12:
Enjoy a message from the challenge sponsor: Brad Mottier Video


Student presentations for the challenges will last about 20 min for each presentation. The time we host the challenge will be based on how many teams we have to compete, which will not be determined until the end of November. Please contact Julie Murphy for additional details.

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