We are thrilled to announce the winner of Reclamation's Imperfection Detection Challenge, an endeavor aimed at advancing the field of non-destructive evaluation for existing fiber-reinforced polymer (FRP) composite structures. The challenge called for innovative and portable solutions that could effectively assess the condition of these structures without causing any damage. After rigurous prototype testing at Reclamation facilities, we are pleased to announce Team Permittivity's success!

Congratulations to Team Permittivity! 🎉

Team Permittivity has been awarded the grand prize of $25,000 for their entry “Utilizing Space Tech to Detect FRP Damage on Earth.” While the submitted prototype did not meet all of the award requirements, its inventive approach has demonstrated significant promise as a viable, low-cost solution for the future. The judging panel was impressed by the team's dedication, creativity, and determination in addressing the complex challenges associated with assessing FRP composite structures.

We would like to extend our sincere gratitude to all the teams and individuals who participated in this challenge since its inception in 2021. The quality and diversity of submissions were truly inspiring, reflecting the collaborative spirit of the scientific and engineering community. The Imperfection Detection Challenge has highlighted the potential for innovative solutions to transform the way we assess and maintain FRP composite structures.

Once again, congratulations to Team Permittivity for their outstanding achievement. We eagerly anticipate the impact that their work will have on the field, and we look forward to witnessing the continued progress of all participants in their pursuit of excellence.

Thank you for your dedication to advancing science and engineering. Together, we are shaping a brighter future for infrastructure and technology.