Meet the DifferenceMakers

  • Rajia Abdelaziz

    Rajia Abdelaziz

    Electrical Engineering and Computer Science

    Rajia Abdelaziz wants to run her own smart jewelry company – a goal that’s well within reach thanks to a research co-op and involvement with the Society of Women Engineers.

  • Hydraulic Walker

    Hydraulic Walker

    DifferenceMakers

    The Hydraulic Walker utilizes hydraulics, allowing for the legs to be quickly adjusted, so that it can be used on stairs.

  • NerdOnyx 

    NerdOnyx 

    DifferenceMakers

    NerdOnyx is a web-based learning tool that will provide articles, videos and other resources to enhance the learning of engineering students and help bridge the gap between the classroom and the industry.

  • Solar Electric Vehicles

    Solar Electric Vehicles

    DifferenceMakers

    Solar Electric Vehicles allow people to travel by the energy of the sun.

  • Support Our Students

    Support Our Students

    DifferenceMakers

    Support our Students (SOS) is a nonprofit organization that addresses the issue of hunger in the UMass Lowell community.

  • BASH 

    BASH 

    DifferenceMakers

    BASH plans to create and implement a new waste management system for the city of Les Cayes, Haiti.

  • Happy Heart Cart 

    Happy Heart Cart 

    DifferenceMakers

    Happy Heart Cart is a program that provides advanced therapeutic and holistic practices to improve patient stays in adult hospitals

  • OTTOnomous Technology

    OTTOnomous Technology

    DifferenceMakers

    OTTOnomous Technology is a novel solution for replacing camshafts in car engines with electro-mechanical actuators.

  • BioBubbler 

    BioBubbler 

    DifferenceMakers

    The BioBubbler is made from indigenous material and does not require chemicals or electricity to use. It is a slow sand filtration system that eliminates bacteria in water by absorption, predation, natural death and oxygen depletion.

  • Treehouse 

    Treehouse 

    DifferenceMakers

    A website and phone application that connects people with plans, events and small businesses nearby.

  • OmniSense 

    OmniSense 

    DifferenceMakers

    OmniSense is performance tracking for athletes, giving users a low cost option of tracking lifting metrics.

  • Lowell Sprouts

    Lowell Sprouts

    DifferenceMakers

    Lowell Sprouts is an organization that utilizes school gardens as a way to educate middle school children about the importance of sustainable, organic agriculture. Lowell Sprouts entered the DifferenceMaker Idea Challenge and won first place in the “Sustainable Environment” category, a $3,500 award.

  • WordPro 

    WordPro 

    DifferenceMakers

    WordPro is a vocabulary builder aimed at high school students learning a second language.

  • TermaGreen 

    TermaGreen 

    DifferenceMakers

    TermaGreen is a thermodynamic generator that captures heat and converts it into energy that can be reused.

  • Rachel Silk

    Rachel Silk

    Marketing and Entrepreneurship

    Manning School of Business student Rachel Silk landed a professional co-op as a marketing events coordinator that has helped shape her future career plans.

  • Word Builder

    Word Builder

    DifferenceMakers

    Word Builder is a fun toy that helps build a reading foundation for children.

  • Robotic Feeding Arm

    Robotic Feeding Arm

    DifferenceMakers

    After a three minute rocket pitch to a panel of alumni judges Philip Colangelo's Robotic Feeding Arm was awarded first place in the “Innovative Technology” category, $3,500 award.

  • Veteran’s QRF 

    Veteran’s QRF 

    DifferenceMakers

    Veteran's QRF is a web platform that will simplify the application process for service connected disability benefits.

  • Indoor Hydroponic System

    Indoor Hydroponic System

    DifferenceMakers

    Indoor Hydroponic System ensures an optimal environment for plants.

  • eNABLE 

    eNABLE 

    DifferenceMakers

    eNABLE is an international organization that makes 3D printed prosthetic hands for children in need.

  • Low Income Community Homework Center 

    Low Income Community Homework Center 

    DifferenceMakers

    Low Income Community Homework Center plans to improve test scores and the graduation rate of high school students.

  • Fresh Beets

    Fresh Beets

    DifferenceMakers

    Fresh Beets is a food truck and music venue based out of Lowell, Ma. that unites food, music, education, and revelry into one vehicle of change.

  • Buddies Without Borders 

    Buddies Without Borders 

    DifferenceMakers

    Buddies Without Borders aims to bridge the gap between domestic students and international students.

  • ZHUUM 

    ZHUUM 

    DifferenceMakers

    ZHUUM is a mobile application platform aimed at helping owners across the food service industry drive out inefficiencies and reduce wait times.

  • SmartEater 

    SmartEater 

    DifferenceMakers

    SmartEater is an Automated Diet Monitoring (ADM) System designed to help people manage their dietary behavior.

  • Love of the Game

    Love of the Game

    DifferenceMakers

    Love of the Game will unite universities and people with physical and cognitive disabilities through sports.

  • PointStick 

    PointStick 

    DifferenceMakers

    In the finals of the Idea Challenge the judges awarded PointStick, a product that gives tactile and kinesthetic feedback to patients for both correct spinal alignment and breathing mechanics, second place in the “First to Market” award category.

  • Security Top 

    Security Top 

    DifferenceMakers

    Security Top is a reusable bottle cap designed for the purpose of increasing the prevention of contaminates entering a bottled beverage.

  • Nonspec 

    Nonspec 

    DifferenceMakers

    Nonspec participated in the first annual DifferenceMaker Idea Challenge where they received the prestigious title of “The Campus Wide DifferenceMaker” and the top award of $5,000.

  • KEnDERS Body Armor

    KEnDERS Body Armor

    DifferenceMakers

    KEnDERS Body Armor is a new design for sports equipment using shear-thickening fluids.

  • Peter Larsen

    Peter Larsen

    Biology, Biotechnology

    The Honors College offered Peter Larsen a chance to explore outside his major, giving him a true liberal arts education and changing his career plans. Then DifferenceMaker helped him realize his dream of providing unique and inexpensive prosthetic hands to kids.

  • Ayah Awadallah

    Ayah Awadallah

    English, Journalism and Professional Writing; minor in Graphic Design

    Ayah Awadallah is starting an online magazine for young American Muslim women caught between American culture and the tenets of their faith.

  • TopaCan 

    TopaCan 

    DifferenceMakers

    TopaCan is a product development company whose first product turns any empty can into an environmentally friendly way to dispose of cigarette butts.

  • Mayday 

    Mayday 

    DifferenceMakers

    Mayday upon activation can reach all emergency contacts in just a tap.

  • Masela Dentures

    Masela Dentures

    DifferenceMakers

    Masela Dentures creates a low cost alternative to expensive dentures.

  • Playable Therapy

    Playable Therapy

    DifferenceMakers

    Playable Therapy connects video games and physical therapy.

  • Expect 

    Expect 

    DifferenceMakers

    Expect is an application that facilitates communication between referring facilities/emergency medical services and accepting inpatient/emergency units.

  • Daniel Schmith

    Daniel Schmith

    Entrepreneurship and Finance

    Daniel Schmith knows how to pace himself on the cross country and track teams. But when it comes to entrepreneurship, it’s full speed ahead.

  • Healthy Habits

    Healthy Habits

    DifferenceMakers

    At the DifferenceMaker Idea Challenge, Healthy Habits won first place in the category “Significant Social Impact,” and was awarded $3,500 to further implement their idea.

  • Grab a Bite 

    Grab a Bite 

    DifferenceMakers

    Grab a Bite received "Fan Favorite" at the Inaugural DifferenceMaker Idea Challenge, pushing them to the final round where they won the title “First to Market” and were awarded $3,500 by the panel of judges.

  • Flaire 

    Flaire 

    DifferenceMakers

    Flaire is a discrete wearable device that connects to a smart phone that sends an emergency alert to predetermined contacts when the wearer is in need.