At its April 11,
2002 Annual Inventors Luncheon, NC State honored 40 faculty inventors
who received 48 U.S. patents in 2001. Eight of the 2001 patents awarded
are in the fields of micro- and nanotechnology. There have been approximately
100 nanotechnology invention disclosures and 50 patents filed in the
past three years.
Luncheon speaker Dr. Charles Moreland, Vice Chancellor for Research
and Graduate Studies, presented an overview of the phenomenal growth
in patents and spin-off companies at NC State over the past eight years.
Its important that our research yields innovative results
that pass the uniqueness tests for patentsbut more important that
most of our patents either have been licensed by industry or have been
sufficiently pioneering to serve as the basis for forming new companies
and attracting venture capital. These are some of the clearest signs
of a research universitys economic value.
The following faculty members received awards: Jonathan C. Allen, B.
Jayant Baliga,* Frank A. Blazich, Medwick V. Byrd, Ruben G. Carbonell,*
Denis R. Cormier, Robert T. Croswell, Christopher R. Daubert, Robert
F. Davis,** Joseph M. DeSimone,** Edward A. Foegeding, Ronald S. Gyurcsik,,
John A. Heitmann, Jr., Walter A. Hendrix, Andrew K. Hotchkiss, Heather
M. Hudson, Robert M. Kelly, Saad A. Khan, Peter Kilpatrick, Todd R.
Klaenhammer, Jacob A. Konzelmann, Jonathan S. Lindsey,* Gerardo A. Montero,
H. Troy Nagle, James N. Petitte, Arnold Reisman, Injong Rhee, George
W. Roberts, Edward C. Sisler, Robert C. Smart, Brent Smith, Steven L.
Spiker, Kenneth R. Swartzel, James B. Taylor, William F. Thompson, Mary
B. Tompkins, Wayne A. Tompkins, John G. Vandenbergh, Qiwu Wang, Harvey
A. West, Tsvetanka S. Zheleva
* Two patents awarded
**Three patents awarded