The fourth-year design project group and start-up company Suncayr has been awarded the international runners-up prize in the James Dyson award competition. Their product is a color changing marker pen, full of UV responsive ink, that the user draws on their skin. When UV light hits the ink, it changes color – letting the user know that they need to reapply their sunscreen. They are the highest achieving Canadian entrant in history of this competition.
Suncayr was co-founded by five Nanotechnology engineering students: Rachel Pauler, Derek Jouppi, Andrew Martinko, Hayden Soboleski, and Chad Sweeting. More information about their technology can be found at the Suncayr website. Prof. N.M. Abukhdeir is the faculty consultant for their FYDP.