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Students Kainalu Matthews and Arif Rahman place first in Shidler Breakthrough Challenge

Congratulations to students Arif Rahman and Kainalu Matthews on their awards at the 2017 Breakthrough Innovation Challenge!

As team "Good Egg", PhD student Arif Rahman and MS graduate Kainalu Matthews, proposed the idea of an automated washing and grading system of bovine embryo.  The noninvasive test for healthy embryo during In Vitro Fertilization (IVF) could help global food supplies by increasing the production of pregnant cattle leading to more livestock for greater protein supplies.

The judges awarded them first place in the competition, accompanied by a $1,000 first prize. The team also received the $500 Audience Choice award as determined by a vote of the audience.
Students Arif Rahman and Kainalu Matthews holding large award checks

The Breakthrough Innovation Challenge, hosted by the Pacific Asian Center for Entrepreneurship of the UH Shidler College of Business, was sponsored by Accuity, LLP, in partnership with the UH College of Engineering, UH College of Tropical Agriculture and Human Resources, and the William S. Richardson UH School of Law.  

Students Arif Rahman and Kainalu Matthews presenting to judges and audience