2008 Winners

Graduate Winners

1st Place – $20,000 – Mobile Business Solutions – UNLV
Transform how all paper based mobile businesses do business. By using cellular technology and a website to make all transactions that were previously duplicated by both field staff and office staff instantaneous and error free. Starting with the Locksmith industry because of connections on our team.

Team Members
Lucien Paet – MBA-New Venture Management
Amanda French
David Schnell-Davis – MBA
Ekaterina Tchompalova
Faculty Advisor – Dr. Janet Runge

2nd Place – $10,000 – Go Green Outdoors – UNR
Go Green Outdoors, LLC connects people to green culture, green businesses and a green way of life. We are an online resource for green culture news, information and conversation. We provide daily updates of environmental and outdoor recreation news as well as a guide to green products and services. We also feature a social media platform that allows users to stay in touch with their friends.

Team Members
Allan Warren – Journalism
Kamila Pawlik – Journalism
Ann Marie Vollstedt – Engineering
Colby Stott – Business
Faculty Advisor – Dr. Michael Edward Lenert & Mary Jurkonis

3rd Place – $5,000 – More Water Company – UNR
More Water Company uses Atmospheric Water Generation technology to produce drinking water from the air. The company will produce water regionally to sell into local markets diminishing the reduction of natural resources such as lakes and streams and reducing pollutants caused by transportation.

Team Members
Bernie Leas – MBA
Kelsey Azcarate – MBA
Gina Distaso – MBA
Ben Larson
Faculty Advisor – Dr. Gary Valiere

Undergraduate Winners

1st Place – $20,000 – WATTs – Waste Alternatives Transformation Technologies – UNLV
Waste-Alternative Transformation Technologies, LLC (WATTs) was developed to provide a holistic approach to the waste management and energy issues facing modern urban communities. By utilizing a multi-faceted approach that maximizes usable products extracted from municipal, commercial and industrial waste, WATTs will reduce the ecological burden on traditional landfills while producing clean, sustainable energy and energy products that do not rely upon fossil fuel sources.

Team Members
Keeton Little – Economics
Josh Beilin – Hotel
Kyle George – Chemistry
Faculty Advisor – Dr. Janet Runge

2nd Place – $10,000 – Wolfpack Works – UNR
Wolfpack Works grew from a desire of UNR students to utilize their engineering education to develop an innovative commercial product that would directly improve the quality of life for individuals with communication disorders a comprehensive augmentative and alternative communication (AAC) device.

Team Members
Nhan Diep – Computer & Information Engineering
Del Jackson – Biochemistry / Computer Science
Scotty Jones – Computer & Information Engineering
Tyler Kayser – Computer Science
Faculty Advisor – Dr. Sergiu Dascalu, Dr. Leah Skladany, Dr. Gary Valiere

3rd Place – $5,000 – KG BioSolutions – Sierra Nevada College
KG BioSolutions is a company offering a self-sufficient co-gen product marketed towards restaurants. The fully automated system will process crude vegetable oil at the push of a button and then burn the processed biodiesel in an industrial generator providing supplemental electricity to the restaurant on location.

Team Members
Aaron Kerson – Entrepreneurship
Seth Gunsauls – Business Management & Entrepreneurship
Faculty Advisor – Mr. Richard Normington

Lt. Governor’s Award Winners

Undergraduate Winner – $5,000
KG BioSolutions – Sierra Nevada College

KG BioSolutions is a company offering a self-sufficient co-gen product marketed towards restaurants. The fully automated system will process crude vegetable oil at the push of a button and then burn the processed biodiesel in an industrial generator providing supplemental electricity to the restaurant on location.

Team Members
Aaron Kerson – Entrepreneurship
Seth Gunsauls – Business Management & Entrepreneurship
Faculty Advisor – Mr. Richard Normington

Graduate Winner – $5,000
Bio-Grounds LLC – UNR

Bio-grounds LLC is turning waste streams to profit streams. Our company uses spent coffee grounds to produce high quality eco-friendly and low cost biodiesel.

Team Members
Jason Strull – MSE
Case Egan –
Gabriel George Rojas – MSE
Narasimharao Kondamundi – MSE
Faculty Advisor – Dr. Mano Misra

NCED Commissioners’ Award Winner – $2,500

WATTs – Waste Alternatives Transformation Technologies – UNLV
Waste-Alternative Transformation Technologies, LLC (WATTs) was developed to provide a holistic approach to the waste management and energy issues facing modern urban communities. By utilizing a multi-faceted approach that maximizes usable products extracted from municipal, commercial and industrial waste, WATTs will reduce the ecological burden on traditional landfills while producing clean, sustainable energy and energy products that do not rely upon fossil fuel sources.

Team Members
Keeton Little – Economics
Josh Beilin – Hotel
Kyle George – Chemistry
Faculty Advisor – Dr. Janet Runge

NCET Faculty Award Winners

Dr. Janet Runge – UNLV
Dr. Gary Valiere – UNR