OSU Office of Research Announces 2012 Innovators of the Year

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Congratulations to this year’s 2012 Innovators of the Year, including IMR members L.S. Fan and Jessica Winter!

 Each year, OSU’s Office of Research recognizes our most successful faculty, staff, and student entrepreneurs with the Innovators of the Year awards.  Last Thursday, OSU Vice President for Research Caroline Whitacre announced this year’s winners after her “State of Research” address, which will soon be available on the Office of Research’s website – http://research.osu.edu/.

 The Innovator of the Year and Early Career Innovator of the Year awards recognize Ohio State researchers who are working actively to promote commercialization of university intellectual property, through invention disclosures filed, patents applied for and/or received, technologies licensed, or spin-off companies formed. These activities support economic development in the Central Ohio region, and serve to attract companies that create a base of operations within the state. The creation of separate categories for more established researchers and for early career researchers allows cultivation of an entrepreneurial spirit among all of our investigators.

 The 2012 Innovator of the Year is Dr. Liang-Shih (L.S.) Fan, Distinguished University Professor and C. John Easton Professor of Engineering, Department of Chemical and Biomolecular Engineering. Dr. Fan’s creativity, inventiveness, and original contributions to energy conversion, environmental engineering, and particle technology have made and will continue to make significant impacts on energy utilization and global climate change within the U.S. and throughout the world.

 The 2012 Early Career Innovator of the Year is Dr. Jessica Winter, associate professor, Department of Chemical and Biomolecular Engineering and the Department of Biomedical Engineering. Her research focuses on the applications of nanotechnology in medicine, an area of research that has led to substantial innovations with potential for commercialization. She is working to develop and commercialize next generation illumination and detection nanoparticles to supplant inferior products currently on the market.

The Student Innovator of the Year award recognizes innovation and entrepreneurship among our students that has contributed to the development or commercialization of a new technology.

The 2012 Student Innovator of the Year is Qussai Marashdeh, a senior research associate in the Department of Chemical and Biomolecular Engineering. Qussai received an MS and PhD in Electrical Engineering from Ohio State. In 2012, he received his Master of Business Administration (MBA).  Qussai has revolutionized the field of capacitance tomography – an innovative imaging technique that has the potential to revolutionize the energy, aerospace, chemical, and healthcare industries.

 For more information on each of the 3 Innovators of the Year, visit http://research.osu.edu/2012/10/liang-shih-fan-jessica-winter-and-qussai-marashdeh-named-2012-innovators-of-the-year/