Ohio State’s 2012 Innovator of the Year is Liang-Shih (L.S.) Fan, Distinguished University Professor and C. John Easton Professor of Engineering, Department of Chemical and Biomolecular Engineering. Jessica Winter, associate professor, Department of Chemical and Biomolecular Engineering and Biomedical Engineering, is the 2012 Early Career Innovator of the Year, and Qussai Marashdeh, senior research associate, Department of Biomolecular Engineering, is the 2012 Student Innovator of the Year. These awards, established to support and stimulate entrepreneurial activity at Ohio State, recognize researchers working actively to promote commercialization of university intellectual property.
Thank you for all of the nominations for the 2012 Innovators of the Year. Nominations are closed and will be reviewed by a committee composed of individuals both internal and external to the university. The winners will be announced immediately following the “State of Research” address given by Dr. Whitacre on October 11, 2012, at the Wexner Center Film/Video Theater.
On Thursday, October 11, 2012, Caroline Whitacre, vice president for research, will deliver the 2012 annual State of Research address. The event, which is open to the public, will take place at 8:30 a.m. in the Wexner Center Film/Video Theater. Dr. Whitacre will also be presenting the Innovator of the Year Awards. A reception follows in the Mershon Hall lobby.
As Ohio State continues to expand its role in the commercialization of research, it is important that we create an environment that facilitates and rewards research creativity and entrepreneurship. To support and stimulate entrepreneurial activity among our researchers, three university-wide awards will be presented this year to reward our most successful entrepreneurs. Nominations are sought in the following categories: Innovator of the Year, Early Career Innovator of the Year, and Student Innovator of the Year. One award will be given in each category.