The world’s next great invention may just come from a 6-week summer program at Syracuse University.

Ten teams of two students have just wrapped up the second ever Invent@SU program.

SU Sophomore Mechanical Engineering Major Santiago Correa and his partner worked on a car sensor to help new drivers learn proper following distances.

He tells NewsChannel 9, “Personally, its a huge opportunity for me to expand my knowledge.  We learned so many things about programming, electrical engineering, hardware all these things we don’t see in our major.”

“I’m so happy I did this program just because its very hands on and very immersive and I definitely feel like I learned a lot from it, ” says Jaclyn Hingre, a Senior Engineering Major at SU.

Jaclyn and her partner created a discreet, cell phone free emergency alert system that can attach to clothes or be carried on a key chain.

Their design earned them second place in the competition.

Hingre, says, “We were focusing on the fact that blue lights are very old, they’re outdated, they’re not portable so we were trying to make it so students who are off-campus could use our product and allow them to contact campus police as quickly as possible.” 

Yev Yesilevskiy, Mechanical Engineering Professor at SU, says, ” The original conception of the program was to do very simple inventions you could easily make in 6 weeks, but the students are interested in that.  They make these incredibly complex devices they have fully functioning in the 6 weeks.”

“The passion in the project is really important and that’s something we’ve worked very hard with our students on in the 6 weeks to deliver that passion and have that passion backed up by fact and need and that’s what’s going to sell the idea,” adds Louise Manfredi, Assistant Professor of Industrial and Interaction Design at SU.

Quinn King and Alec Gillinder won Invent@SU with their portable IV device and received $5,000.

All the students have applied for a provisional patent that gets them one year of protection for their idea.

Many will file for a full patent that will protect their idea for 20 years.