CS Students Showcase Entrepreneurship and Innovation

September 5, 2019

Four computer science students competed in Iowa State University’s Standing Innovation pitch competition at the Iowa State Fair on Aug. 10 2019.

Saturday, Aug. 10 was designated “LAS Day” at the fair, and the students delivered a pitch, 90 seconds to five minutes long, to fairgoers - about an innovative and entrepreneurial idea. Students competed for an opportunity to advance to the semifinals and a chance to ultimately win a $5,000 prize. One pair of students gave their pitch twice in one hour, and fairgoers voted which of the two advanced to the semifinals.

Computer science students who participated in the pitch competition and their topic include:

  • Dillon Jensen, computer science – Cloud technology to help craft brewers monitor and enhance operations.
  • Massoud Nosrati, computer science – Database system to accommodate machine learning.
  • Rangeet Pan, computer science – Data analytics visualization tool for data repositories.
  • Hamid Bagheri, computer science – Data quality assurance through machine learning.

Jensen secured a $1,000 honorable mention award. He also placed first in the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences pitch competition in Feb. 2019, which earned him a spot in the ISU Papajohn Center for Entrepreneurship’s 2019 Cystarter cohort.

Dillon Jensen at the ISU Standing Innovation pitch competition  

Rangeet Pan at the ISU Standing Innovation pitch competition  Hamid Bagheri at the ISU Standing Innovation pitch competition