“We are honored that the Dyson foundation has recognized FibreFree as one of the top 20 entries in a competition filled with amazing designs from around the world,” says Keppler.
“It is overwhelming to know that the Dyson Foundation sees potential for FibreFree to help combat the very real threat of microfiber pollution,” says Omo-Lamai.
The Blackstone LaunchPad entrepreneurship program on the SU campus helped Keppler and Omo-Lamai prepare their Invent@SU project for the award competition.
“We are very proud of Charles and Serena. To be a finalist for James Dyson Award is an incredible achievement and it shows the commitment, creativity and hard work they brought to this project,” says College of Engineering & Computer Science Dean Teresa Abi-Nader Dahlberg. “This is also a great example of what the entrepreneurial ecosystem at Syracuse University can accomplish.”
The international James Dyson Award winner will receive $40,000 and their university will receive $6,000. The two international runners up will each receive $6,000. The winners will be announced on Oct. 26.
Students in the Invent@SU programs on the Syracuse campus and in New York City get the opportunity to design, prototype and pitch new products. In the summer of 2017, the program was a collaboration between the College of Engineering and Computer Science and VPA’s School of Design.