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Nga Tang part of winning Aggies Invent team at SXSW

Nga Tang, third-year medical student, was part of the team that won the Aggies Invent competition at South by Southwest (SXSW). The competition was held March 11 and 12 at the SXSW conference in Austin.

The team competed at “Texas A&M Invents for an Intelligent Future” at SXSW, where they had 48 hours to assemble and test their ideas.

The team includes Magy Avedissian, petroleum engineering; Nga Tang, College of Medicine; and Joey Wippold and Kurt Parizek, biomedical engineering (Meet the entire DeHydraTect team). The group worked together to create DeHydraTect, an intelligent pacifier capable of detecting dehydration by measuring the ionic conductivity of an infant’s saliva.

Their product is now patent pending and they hope to eventually develop a smart phone app for use in conjunction with the pacifier, and miniaturize the device as much as possible. The $5,000 they won in the competition will be put towards these further developments.

The DeHydraTect team includes Magy Avedissian, petroleum engineering; Kurt Parizek, biomedical engineering; Nga Tang, College of Medicine; and Joey Wippold biomedical engineering. (Photo: Texas A&M College of Engineering)