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.

  • TermaGreen 

    TermaGreen 

    DifferenceMakers

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

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • OTTOnomous Technology

    OTTOnomous Technology

    DifferenceMakers

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

  • 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.

  • Treehouse 

    Treehouse 

    DifferenceMakers

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

  • 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.

  • Mayday 

    Mayday 

    DifferenceMakers

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

  • 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.

  • Solar Electric Vehicles

    Solar Electric Vehicles

    DifferenceMakers

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

  • Masela Dentures

    Masela Dentures

    DifferenceMakers

    Masela Dentures creates a low cost alternative to expensive dentures.

  • Word Builder

    Word Builder

    DifferenceMakers

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

  • Buddies Without Borders 

    Buddies Without Borders 

    DifferenceMakers

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

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • Playable Therapy

    Playable Therapy

    DifferenceMakers

    Playable Therapy connects video games and physical therapy.

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • KEnDERS Body Armor

    KEnDERS Body Armor

    DifferenceMakers

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

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • Indoor Hydroponic System

    Indoor Hydroponic System

    DifferenceMakers

    Indoor Hydroponic System ensures an optimal environment for plants.

  • 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.