*SUNBURST SENSORS - Wendy Schmidt Ocean Health XPRIZE





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Published on Jul 20, 2015

Sunburst Sensors strives to provide its customers high-quality chemical sensors for marine and freshwater applications. The SAMI-CO2 and SAMI-pH (Submersible Autonomous Moored Instrument) have been deployed by researchers around the world interested in long term monitoring of pCO2 and pH. In 2011, these instruments were chosen for use by the Ocean Observatories Initiative (OOI) — a large scale endeavor funded by the National Science Foundation to construct "a networked infrastructure of science-driven sensor systems to measure the physical, chemical, geological and biological variables in the ocean and seafloor." Other customers include organizations such as Woods Hole Oceanographic Institute, Scripps, OSU-COAS, NASA, USGS, NOAA, etc. Sunburst Sensors has a strong track record of using grant funding to develop successful commercial devices. Sunburst has customers in over 20 countries.

About Team Leader

James Beck is the CEO of Sunburst Sensors, LLC, based in Missoula, MT. He is a mechanical engineer with a strong interest in instrumentation. For the last decade, he has worked with co-owner, Mike DeGrandpre on the development of pH and pCO2 sensors for marine and freshwater applications, while building the company into a competitive player in the biogeochemical instrumentation market. A fourth generation Montanan, he looks to bring high-technology jobs to the state. He has his B.S.M.E. from MIT and M.S.M.E from University of Washington.

Team Members
1. James Beck
2. Michael DeGrandpre
3. Reggie Spaulding
4. Jenny Newton
5. Reuben Darlington

Missoula, MT, United States

Website: http://www.sunburstsensors.com/



XPRIZE is an educational (501c3) nonprofit organization whose mission is to bring about radical breakthroughs for the benefit of humanity, thereby inspiring the formation of new industries and the revitalization of markets that are currently stuck due to existing failures or a commonly held belief that a solution is not possible. XPRIZE addresses the world's Grand Challenges by creating and managing large-scale, high-profile, incentivized prize competitions that stimulate investment in research and development worth far more than the prize itself. It motivates and inspires brilliant innovators from all disciplines to leverage their intellectual and financial capital.


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