The Stephen and Geraldine Ricci Interdisciplinary Prize


Steve Ricci has over 30 years of experience in the venture capital industry and has been directly involved in the financing of over 125 companies. He is a past president of the New England Venture Capital Association, and was a founding advisor to Gilde Ventures, a major European venture capital firm. During the past two decades, Steve has developed an extraordinarily deep and broad understanding of the businesses and business models in the information and communications technology sector. He currently serves on the Board of Advisors and the Curriculum Development Committee of Tufts School of Engineering. Steve has a mechanical engineering degree from Tufts University (E67) and an MBA from Harvard Business School.

Freshmen Shehryar Malik (Biomedical Engineering) and Daniel McCormack (Undeclared) were finalists in the high-tech track at the Tufts $100k New Ventures Competition for their Hujambo, their low-cost smartphone system. Hujambo also received the 2016 Stephen and Geraldine Ricci Interdisciplinary Prize, awarded to a project that bests demonstrate interdisciplinary engineering design and entrepreneurial spirit. Read more about the 2016 winners.

Read more about the projects from the 201320142015, 2016 winners. For additional information about the Ricci Prize, please e-mail Director Inge Milde.

Description: The Stephen and Geraldine Ricci Interdisciplinary Prize is awarded annually to student teams that best demonstrate interdisciplinary engineering design and entrepreneurial spirit. The purpose of the prize is to promote the advancement of research at Tufts through projects that assist in translation of research discoveries from the laboratory to applications that benefit society. To win the prize, you must demonstrate the commercial potential of the technology.

Prize: A cash prize of $10,000 will be awarded at the Tufts $100k New Ventures Competition awards ceremony in April. The award will be split evenly among the student team members.

Team Requirements:

  • The team may consist of a minimum of two to a maximum of five members;
  • At least two of the team members must be matriculated, degree-earning undergraduate or graduate students, or recent alumni (graduated within the last two years) from the Tufts University School of Engineering;
  • Team members must represent at least two Tufts University School of Engineering departments, or two different Tufts schools;
  • Non-Tufts team members are permitted, but Tufts engineering students must constitute at least half of the team;
  • The team must have a faculty advisor in Tufts University School of Engineering;
  • Demonstrates interdisciplinary engineering design and entrepreneurial spirit; and
  • Demonstrates commercial potential.

Application: Visit Tufts Gordon Institute's website to compete in Tufts $100K New Ventures Competition.