Phileon Goh Ze Wei, MSE undergraduate student, won the Champion Prize in the AY2019/2020 Ian Ferguson Innovation Challenge (IFIC) for his project Bitez. It features piezoelectric pressure sensors in artificial teeth to monitor the distribution of biting pressure among teeth during use, allowing dentists to analyse information, and to adjust dentures more effectively than by manual examination/ tactile sensors. Quartz is used as a piezoelectric material, incorporating it within artificial resin teeth which improves hardness and mechanical stability, increasing biting power.
The IFIC, which is supported by the Ian Ferguson Foundation, is an annual ground-up, student-centric catalyst to spur innovation, encourage prototype development and develop an entrepreneurial mindset among students at MSE. Projects submitted are relevant to materials science and engineering and the teams have to demonstrate creativity and provide original and practical solutions to an engineering problem. They can also choose to prototype their project.