When I was in fourth grade, my elementary school art teacher asked if I wanted to participate in DI. I said “yes” even though I didn't really know what DI was. All I understood was that it had something to do with art and I loved art. With a simple three letter assent, I found myself dumped into a group of five strangers at a house I didn't know. It was the team's second year doing DI and I felt quite new and bewildered. I didn't talk much the first year, nor did I speak up the next year after or the year after that. I watched from the sidelines, too timid to voice my opinions.
My name is Alex Doud. I am a medical student and a biomedical engineer. I started doing DI as a high school sophomore where I met my wife, Natalie. She and I now run a design company. Our first year in DI was a little rocky while we were still learning what it’s all about, but after the first state tournament we were hooked. We really put everything we had into our solutions in the coming years and amazingly, our team took first place in global finals 2006, Challenge B.
More than 16,000 participants and volunteers gathered in Knoxville, TN from May 22-25 for Global Finals 2013, the world’s largest celebration of creativity. For the 1,247 teams that participated in the event, the road to Global Finals was one that involved an insurmountable amount teamwork, creativity, perseverance, courage and talent.
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