2018 Inventor Award Reception & Ceremony
2018 Inventor of the Year
Gary A. Pope
2018 Emerging Inventor of the Year
Livia Schiavinato Eberlin
ON THURSDAY, NOVEMBER 8, 2018, Dr. Gary Pope was named 2018 Inventor of the Year and Dr. Livia Eberlin as the 2018 Emerging Inventor of the Year at the 8th Annual Inventor of the Year Reception & Ceremony. Business, technology, and industry leaders from around the Austin area joined The University of Texas community to honor the inventors. Also recognized were researchers who had been awarded U.S. patents in the 2017/18 fiscal year.
Message from the President
The English novelist Mary Shelley once wrote, “Invention, it must be humbly admitted, does not consist in creating out of void but out of chaos.” These words imply that a great inventor must engage with the world, embracing its imperfections and inscrutabilities, to devise elegant solutions to difficult problems. Tonight, we honor two UT Austin faculty members who have done just that.
Gary Pope is the Inventor of the Year. He is a professor in the Hildebrand Department of Petroleum and Geosystems Engineering in the Cockrell School of Engineering, and is the Texaco Centennial Chair in Petroleum Engineering. Dr. Pope holds 21 U.S. and 31 international patents for technologies that address two crucial needs — energy and clean water. His research has been dedicated to developing new methods and materials to efficiently extract petroleum out of existing oil fields. He has published 174 journal publications and 201 conference papers, which have garnered over 15,000 citations — a testament to the scope of his influence. Dr. Pope was elected to the National Academy of Engineering in 1999, the highest recognition for an engineer in the United States.
Livia Eberlin is the Emerging Inventor of the Year. She is an Assistant Professor in the Department of Chemistry in the College of Natural Sciences. Her research is focused on developing innovative mass spectrometry technologies to address critical problems in health care. She and her research group invented the groundbreaking MasSpec pen, a handheld device that can be used to detect cancerous tissue within seconds. She received the 2017 Marion Milligan Mason Award for Women in the Chemical Sciences, a Sloan Foundation Fellowship and she received a “Genius” award from the John D. and Catherine T. MacArthur Foundation — one of the most prestigious prizes in the nation.
Gary and Livia’s vision defines UT as a leader in research and innovation. Their research looks to the future, as it provides value to solve the problems of the present day. They enable progress. They change the world.
Gregory L. Fenves, President
The University of Texas at Austin
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2018 Inventor of the Year: Dr. Gary Pope
Dr. Gary A. Pope holds the Texaco Centennial Chair in the Hildebrand Department of Petroleum and Geosystems Engineering at the University of Texas where he has taught since 1977. Previously he worked in production research at Shell Development Company for 5 years. Pope served as Chair of the Petroleum Engineering Department from 1985 to 1989 and Director of the Center for Petroleum and Geosystems Engineering from 1989 to 2013. His teaching and research are in the areas of enhanced oil recovery, reservoir engineering, natural gas engineering, reservoir simulation, CO2 sequestration and subsurface environmental engineering. He holds a BS degree from Oklahoma State University and a PhD from Rice University, both in chemical engineering.
Dr. Pope was elected to the National Academy of Engineering in 1999 for his contributions to understanding multiphase flow and transport in porous media and applications of these principles to improved oil recovery and aquifer remediation. His awards include SPE Honorary Member Award, AIME Environmental Conservation Award, Distinguished Service Award, Hocott Distinguished Centennial Engineering Research Award, SPE IOR Pioneer Award, SPE/AIME Anthony F. Lucas Gold Medal, SPE John Franklin Carll Award, SPE Distinguished Achievement Award, SPE Distinguished Member Award, and SPE Reservoir Engineering Award.
Dr. Pope has supervised more than 200 graduate students and post docs and authored or co-authored more than 400 technical papers and is inventor on 30 patents. In 2013, Drs. Pope and Upali Weerasooriya founded a startup company called Ultimate EOR Services to commercialize their inventions related to chemical enhanced oil recovery.
2018 Emerging Inventor of the Year: Dr. Livia Eberlin
Dr. Livia Schiavinato Eberlin was born and raised in Campinas, Sao Paulo, Brazil. Her passion for mass spectrometry started as an undergraduate student. During her sophomore year at the State University of Campinas (UNICAMP) in Sao Paulo, Brazil, she started research in mass spectrometry in the Thomson Laboratory. That same year, she visited the Aston Laborato1y at Purdue University and continued on as an undergraduate research assistant during subsequent summers. In 2007, she received her B.S. in Chemistry from UNICAMP. In 2008, she entered the PhD program in Analytical Chemistry at Purdue University under the mentorship of Professor R. Graham Cooks. During her PhD, Dr. Eberlin developed and applied ambient ionization mass spectrometry imaging to human cancer diagnosis and surgical margin evaluation. In recognition of her innovative PhD work, Dr. Eberlin received several awards including the Nobel Laureate Signature Award from the American Chemical Society. In 2012, she started her postdoctoral work at Stanford University under the guidance of Professor Richard N. Zare, where she continued to develop mass spectrometry technology for biomedical research. During that period, she received the L’Oreal for Women in Science Fellowship, a K99 pathway to independence award from the NIH/ NCI, and was listed in the Forbes 30 under 30 list in Science and Healthcare.
In 2016, Dr. Eberlin officially started her independent career as an Assistant Professor in the Chemistry Department at the University of Texas at Austin. Livia and her husband, Nathan Sanders, who is also earned a PhD from Purdue University under Professor Graham Cooks’ supervision, have been loving life in Austin with their three children, two daughters and one son.
Dr. Eberlin is passionate about research at the interface of chemistry and medicine. Her research group is focused on developing innovative mass spectrometry technologies to address critical problems in health-related research.
Inventors with FY 17-18 U.S. Patents Issued
A. Frank Seibert
Earl Swartzlander, Jr.
Eric van Oort
C. Grant Willson
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Inventor Award Reception
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Inventor Award Ceremony
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Recognition of Inventors with FY17-18 U.S. Issued Patents
Emerging Inventor of the Year Announcement & Video Tribute
Emerging Inventor of the Year Award Presentation & Remarks
Inventor of the Year Announcement & Video Tribute
Inventor of the Year Award Presentation & Remarks
|Gregory L. Fenves
University of Texas at Austin
|Dr. Daniel Jaffe
Vice President for Research,
Jane and Roland Blumberg Centennial Professor in Astronomy
University of Texas at Austin
Office of Technology Commercialization
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Click links below to view previous Inventor Ceremonies:
Each year, the Inventor Award Ceremony & Reception recognizes UT Austin researchers who excel in their field and are making life-changing discoveries in the university’s labs and research centers.
- 2017 Ceremony & Reception, November 2, 2017
- 2016 Ceremony & Reception, November 9, 2016
- 2015 Ceremony & Reception, November 18, 2015
- 2014 Ceremony & Reception, November 12, 2014
- 2013 Ceremony & Reception, November 19, 2013
- 2012 Ceremony & Reception, December 6, 2012
- 2011 Ceremony & Reception, December 6, 2011