Winners of the 19th annual student design competition

Get Inspired by Young Talent -- Meet the Winners of IHA’s Student Design Competition

Six talented industrial design students will show their concepts for future home products that solve problems in the kitchen and help tend children, adults and pets. In a rigorous review process, a panel of 10 educators, product development managers at IHA-member companies and design consultants judged submissions from 21 U. S. universities to choose the six winners and eight honorable mentions. More than 200 entrants submitted booklets showing their concept development, user and market research, sketches and engineering drawings.

Sharing first place are two winners:
Samuel Chen, a junior at University of Illinois—Urbana/Champaign, who created Cyclone, a sleek, easy-to-use kitchen fire extinguisher and Mariel Z. Piña, a senior at the University of Houston, designed Ambos, a unique grater/colander.


1st : Samuel Chen - Cyclone


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1st : Mariel Z. Piña - Ambos


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Second place winners
Patrick Fiori, a Purdue University junior, and Jeannette Ralyea, a senior at Milwaukee Institute of Art & Design, designed health-related items. Fiori’s Heart Start Infant CPR Assistant is a simple device to assist first responders in administering CPR on infants and Raylea’s Visio Home Safety Guides for the Visually Impaired are a trio of products that serve as wall guides to help people use an electrical plug, a light switch or insert a key into a lock.


2nd : Patrick Fiori - Heart Start Infant CPR Assistant


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2nd : Jeannette Ralyea - Visio Home Safety Guides


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Third place winner
Alex Broerman, a senior at the University of Cincinnati, developed the Slivr Home Meat Slicer, a safe and simple slicer that protects the user’s hands when in use and folds for compact storage. The PoshPaw Pet Nail Clippers, designed by third place winner Elizabeth Reuter, a Purdue University junior, solves problems for dogs and their groomers. The clippers’ grip and positioning allow the user to better control a squirming pet and trim nails to correct length.


3rd : Alex Broerman - Slivr Home Meat Slicer


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3rd : Elizabeth Reuter - PoshPaw Pet Nail Clippers


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