As Ohio State continues to expand its role in the commercialization of research, it is important to create an environment that facilitates and rewards research creativity and entrepreneurship. To support and stimulate entrepreneurial activity among Ohio State researchers, several university-wide awards were presented on April 24, 2019, at the Research and Innovation Showcase hosted by the Office of Research and Corporate Engagement Office.
Innovator of the Year
Katrina Cornish, PhD
Ohio Research Scholar/Endowed Chair, Bioemergent Materials
Department of Horticulture and Crop Science
College of Food, Agricultural, and Environmental Sciences
Katrina Cornish is the Endowed Chair and Ohio Research Scholar for Bioemergent Materials, and Technical Director of Ohio State’s Program of Excellence in Natural Rubber Alternatives. She is an internationally recognized expert and innovator in bioproducts, specifically in alternative natural rubber/latex crops and their processing and formulation technologies, as well is in valorization of wastes. She holds 25 issued or pending patents spanning a range of fields including transgenic enabling technologies, plant utility patents, process engineering, value added-materials, sustainable fillers and medical products and devices. She has invented processes to both fully mechanize developed world applications and address third-world low-tech practicalities. Dr. Cornish is a Fellow of the National Academy of Inventors and the American Association for the Advancement of Science, and founder and CEO of EnergyEne, Inc., as well as other startup companies. She holds a BSc in biological sciences, and a PhD in plant biology from the University of Birmingham, Edgbaston, England.
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Early Career Innovator of the Year
Tim Raderstorf, MSN, RN
Chief Innovation Officer
College of Nursing
Tim Raderstorf is the Chief Innovation Officer in the College of Nursing. He is the first nurse to hold this academic title in the United States and works to educate the nation on the role of the nurse as an innovator and entrepreneur. In 2017, he founded The Innovation Studio, a makerspace/incubator that provides interprofessional healthcare teams with the tools and mentorship needed to turn ideas into actions. Outside of Ohio State, Raderstorf is the founder of Quality Health Communications and co-author of Evidence-Based Leadership, Innovation and Entrepreneurship in Nursing and Healthcare: A Practical Guide for Success. He received his BS in humanistic medicine from Ohio State, his MS in nursing from Xavier University and is completing his doctor of nursing practice at Ohio State.
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Next Generation Innovator of the Year
Department of Geography
College of Arts And Sciences
Forrest Schoessow is pursuing a doctorate in geography at The Ohio State University and directs the Mountain Drone Team at the Byrd Polar and Climate Research Center. His research focus is on advancing scientific understanding of glaciers as water resources and hazards in a rapidly changing world through the development of custom sensors and unmanned aerial systems. He approaches tackling societal problems by fusing engineering and science, driving advances in the application of aviation systems for the good of the world’s economy and environment. In 2015 Schoessow was the expedition leader and navigator of the Mississippi River Survey Expedition, conducting a human-environmental survey of the river to chronicle its historical development and impact on society and the natural world. He holds a BA in history from Ohio State and an MS in geography from Utah State University.
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Next Generation Innovator of the Year
Electrical Engineering and Computer Science
University of Michigan
Wesley Thio received his BS in electrical and computer engineering from The Ohio State University and is currently pursuing his MS in electrical and computer science at the University of Michigan. His undergraduate research studies centered on batteries and self-powered wearable technologies. He was awarded Ohio State’s Tech Hub 2017 Student Project Grant and was selected as a semi-finalist for the 2018 Lemelson-MIT Student Prize for his research in development of flexible batteries powered by electrochemical fabrics. Wesley completed an internship at the Università degli Studi di Catania in Catania, Italy in 2015 studying chaotic circuits, and interned at the National Taiwan University in 2016 studying solid state devices. His work in electronics and batteries has resulted in 11 publications, and six patents, with three pending.
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The Innovator of the Year and Early Career Innovator of the Year awards recognize Ohio State researchers who are actively working to promote commercialization of university intellectual property, through invention disclosures filed, patents applied for and/or received, technologies licensed or spin-off companies formed. 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 Next Generation Innovator of the Year award is open to postdocs along with undergraduate and graduate students. The award recognizes innovation and entrepreneurship that has contributed to the development or commercialization of a new technology. It may also recognize a trainee-initiated start-up company whose success is a result of entrepreneurial talent, creativity and energy.