2018 MedHacks Competition
The Rethink the Rink hack-a-thon, held March 2017 in conjunction by the Pittsburgh Penguins Hockey Team, Covestro Materials, and CMU Engineering, challenged students to improve player safety in ice hockey through innovative design and technology. Henry Peck (Chi, CIT ‘19) won the “Most Innovative” award for a collision analytics app and feedback system, which sparked his interest in hacking. Ultimately, he was motivated to attend MedHacks; the world’s largest medical hackathon, challenging 500+ students to revolutionize the global state of healthcare in only 36 hours. In Sept 2018, Henry participated and won the Namecheap Inc. Innovation award for his team’s product; a real-time EEG visualizer which helps audiologists streamline the tuning process for cochlear implants. Currently, Henry is on leave from CMU and working at Intuitive Surgical, where he is excited to be at the forefront of healthcare innovation and is dedicated to building products which change lives.
2018 IEEE/RSJ International Conference
Since her freshman spring, Jessica Yin (Omega, CIT '20) has been doing research at the Soft Machines Lab focusing on off-the-shelf microelectronic sensors integration in soft robots. This summer, she co-authored a paper for one of the top 3 most prestigious robotics conferences, the IEEE/RSJ International Conference on Intelligent Robots and Systems and will be co-presenting it in Madrid, Spain in October. She will also be presenting at the National Society of Woman Engineers conference as a top 10 national finalist in the Undergraduate Collegiate Research Poster Competition in Minneapolis, Minnesota.
2018-19 Student Body Vice President
In the spring of 2018, Alpha Kappa Psi brother Tyler Davis (Chi, TSB ‘19) ran for Student Body Vice President to further his dedication to the CMU community. After campaigning for several weeks and participating in a live debate alongside his running mate Roshni Mehta, he was successfully elected. His focus for the year is to lead initiatives related to Professionalism and Diversity & Inclusion on campus. Brothers Liam Walsh (Omega, TSB '20), Emma Frenchu (Chi, DC '19), and Christina Li (Alpha Beta, TSB '21) are serving on Roshni and Tyler's cabinet.
2016 BOEING Uplift IT Case Competition
In August 2016, AKPsi brother Emily Su (Upsilon, DC'18) competed and won the Boeing Uplift IT Case Competition. Emily worked on a team with two other Information Systems majors to build a data visualization application, Security Pulse, that tracks security threats on planes. The team split up components of the development, and Emily was in charge of the overall design and user interface of the finished product. As a reward, Emily and her team were invited to tour the Boeing Everett Factory in Seattle, Washington.
2016 Money 20/20 Conference SPEAKER
In October 2015, Alpha Kappa Psi brother Sid Malladi (Chi, DC'18) presented at the Money 20/20 conference in Las Vegas, NV. The conference is a gathering of the world's leading financial technology companies and the most impressive startups in the industry. Sid's startup, Hyppe, "a modern location discovery platform that identifies the most trending locations around a user in near real time", was selected as a finalist among thirty other startups. Through the conference, Sid garnered valuable connections in the financial tech space and further publicized Hyppe.
2016 TARTAN DATA SCIENCE CUP
In March 2016, a group of AKPsi brothers placed first in the inaugural Tartan Data Science Cup, held by the Carnegie Mellon's Statistics department. Shreya Punya (Chi, DC'19), Rohan Nagalkar (Chi, TSB'19), and Apoorva Havanur (Upsilon, DC'18) placed first competing against 100 undergraduate students. Students were tasked to use data on the NYC bike share system, Citi Bike NYC, to determine where two new bicycle stations should be added. The AKPsi team used features such as trip duration, start and end time and the birth year of riders to predict gender of non-subscribers. The team used this information to recommend new station placement that would provide the largest increase in female subscriptions.
2015 PNC CASE COMPETITION
In March 2015, two groups consisting of some AKPsi brothers placed first and second in UFA’s 5th Annual PNC Case Competition open to all freshman and sophomores. Teams were assigned a case featured on reality television show, Dragons’ Den, in which they pitched the company, C.R. Plastics, to a panel of venture capitalists. Seeking capital for the company, teams thoroughly analyzed the company’s financial statements and models to determine the needed investment. Team Gamma, consisting of Amy Fan (Upsilon, TSB'18), Roma Desai (Upsilon, TSB'18), Misha Yu (Upsilon, TSB'18), and Habiba Shalaby came in first place, followed by Team Theta, consisting of Chris Ruland (Sigma, TSB'17), Cosette Esnes (Tau, TSB'17), Raunak Jhaveri (Sigma, TSB'17), and Jay B. Kim in second place. Winners received Visa gift cards from PNC.
AKPsi raises over $1000 for CHARITY in 2014 brainteaser competition
Not only does AKPsi emphasize professionalism and brotherhood, but it is also puts a focus on serving the community. This past year, in the annual charity brainteaser, brothers were able to raise over $1000 for the Big Brothers Big Sisters of Greater Pittsburgh. This charity event is open to all CMU students who choose to put their brains to work for a good cause.
2014 UBA CASE COMPETITION
In November 2014, Team Alpha Associates consisting of some AKPsi brothers placed first in the annual Tepper-sponsored UBA Case Competition consisting of 10 teams, including a team from the Qatar CMU campus. Team Alpha Associates included Chris Ruland (Sigma, TSB'17), David Babollal (Nu, DC'14), Pavithran Nair, and Melania Bai. Students were tasked with analyzing the current state of the company Yahoo!, developing a long-term plan to create sustainable growth for the company, and solving issues facing the company such as debt and declining usage. The teams presented and were judged by a panel of faculty, including Dr. Milton Cofield and a visiting professor from Qatar, with the top two teams moving onto a final round presentation.
2014 Ford Campus AmBassador Challenge
An entire group consisting of Alpha Kappa Psi brothers represented Carnegie Mellon in the second annual Ford College Ambassador Challenge, a semester-long marketing competition between various schools to help introduce the Ford Motor Company brand to college students. Our brothers Chloe Chia (Pi, BXA'16), Sarabeth Perry (Sigma, DC'16), Jay Chopra (Pi, DC'15) and David Babollal (Nu, DC'14) competed against other schools in three marketing challenges that included a viral video, an on-campus career development event, and a test-drive marathon. The CMU team won the entire competition with a 1000+ vote lead on the video, and 336 test drive signups, earning the maximum $6000 winnings to be donated to the charity of their choice, the Children's Institute of Pittsburgh. As a reward, they got to own a Ford vehicle for one month, and an all-expenses-paid trip to Ford’s headquarters in Michigan to network with company executives.
Fellow Alpha Kappa Psi Brother, now alumnus Brian Groudan (Kappa, DC'12) was chosen to represent his class as student speaker at Carnegie Mellon University's 116th Commencement on May 19, 2013. Brian graduated with honors from the Dietrich College of Humanities and Social Sciences in December 2012 with a double major in Information Systems and Human-Computer Interaction, and a minor in communication design.
He was a co-founder of PayTango, a fingerprint-based payment and identification system that debuted on the Pittsburgh campus and has garnered headlines across the United States. He is now making waves as an Interaction Designer at Google.