A San Francisco MBA Fast Track student and a Wellesley 2-year MBA have won 2nd and 3rd places in AbsolutelyNew's nationwide Student Invention Contest.

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Two students in Babson’s MBA program are winners in AbsolutelyNew’s nationwide Student Invention Contest

Lou Kaileh, a member of the inaugural class of Babson’s San Francisco MBA Fast Track cohort, won 2nd place for his invention, the “EZ-Reach Duster.” The EZ Reach Duster has a unique handle enabling it to reach the most awkward places that need dusting, such as underneath furniture, behind wall units, and even cobwebs on the ceiling.

Kaileh, from Belmont, Calif., is a Systems Engineer at Merchant e-Solutions. He has won $8,000 worth of Intellectual Property Protection, Market Research & Product Development.

Mazin Alshanbari, a second-year MBA student at Babson in Wellesley, Mass., earned 3rd place for his “Marble Run Puzzle.” The Magnetic Marble Run Puzzle is a collaborative and challenging puzzle game with an infinite number of puzzles and an infinite number of solutions to every puzzle for players to create, solve, re-solve, and share. Players can also take the experience digitally, receiving and issuing puzzles on a network via mobile device.

The concept was developed in a Product Design & Development class at Babson with classmates: Caroline Himmelman, Ronny Froimzon, Priyank Saxena, and Art Tayarachakul.

Alshanbari spent four years in banking before coming to Babson for his MBA, which he will receive on May 14. His prize is $2,000 worth of Intellectual Property Protection, Market Research & Concept Sketches.

First place went to Scott Takahashi, of Stanford University, for his “Refuel Water Bottle.” He won $20,000 worth of Intellectual Property Protection, Market Research, and Product Development & Marketing.

AbsolutelyNew is an innovative consumer goods and invention services company that develops and launches unique products from independent inventors in a wide range of categories. The diverse products are sold in leading stores, catalogs, websites and more.

Entrants were allowed to submit up to 10 ideas for the Student Invention Contest. The criteria used to select the winners included: originality/patentability, market potential, manufacturability, and safety.

The winners are also announced here:

Babson College in Wellesley, Mass., is recognized internationally as a leader in entrepreneurial management education. Babson grants BS degrees through its innovative undergraduate program, and grants MBA and custom MS and MBA degrees through the F.W. Olin Graduate School of Business at Babson College. Babson Executive Education offers executive development programs to experienced managers worldwide. For information, visit

By Michael Chmura,, 781-239-4549 | 05/12/2011 06:00