Burt Swersey
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Burt Swersey is the founder (1999) of the Inventors Studio at Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute, a semester-long capstone design experience for engineering seniors that helps them identify, understand, and solve open-ended problems. Student work in the course has resulted in five patents, with several more pending. Two teams originating in the course won first and third place in the spring 2004 $40,000 Tech Valley Business Plan Competition. These teams, TekAlert and Bullex, have started companies to commercialize their fire training and fire safety equipment. Swersey received the 1994 Design Education Curriculum Innovation Award from ASME for The Use of Reverse Engineering in a Mechanical Senior Design Course. Holding fourteen US patents himself, Swersey founded Brookline Instrument Company in 1962 and American Scale Corporation in 1973.