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OBG hosts Syracuse University students at fourth annual SPARK Innovation Competition

OBG experts help students find innovative solutions to real-time industry challenges

Students from Syracuse University’s College of Engineering and Computer Science recently took part in an innovation competition that aims to add some spark to the fields of advanced manufacturing, energy, environment, and water.

As part of the fourth annual SPARK Innovation Competition, students worked with OBG subject matter experts and industry partners, including National Grid, Garlock Sealing Technologies, Consensus, and a major industrial manufacturer, to solve real-time problems facing industry today. In this 24-hour, think-tank style event, teams worked to brainstorm, problem solve, and find an innovative solution to their problem statement, such as incorporating distributed energy resources into a utility network to improve grid reliability and resilience.


The ideas were evaluated by a panel of judges, including OBG CEO Jim Fox, Patrick Mather, a professor of biomedical and chemical engineering at the university, and Rick Clonan, the Tech Garden’s Vice President of Innovation and Entrepreneurship. Awards were provided to the top teams. For students, it was a great way to gain real-life training in solving issues with innovative solutions. For OBG, it provides a chance to gain fresh perspective and meet top local engineering talent.

As part of the competition, OBG made a donation to the Syracuse City School District’s Science, Engineering, Technology, and Math (STEM) program on behalf of the company, its industry partners, and the university. This contribution represents a shared commitment to supporting efforts that help strengthen innovative STEM education in local communities and facilitate connecting students to real-world projects.

See the competition featured in the Syracuse University 'Cuse Cast for Week of April 4.

SPARK was launched in 2013 as a partnership between OBG and Syracuse University and has since expanded to other universities, including Drexel University, the University of Rochester, and Villanova University.

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