2013 Inventor Award Ceremony & Reception

Tuesday, November 19, 2013

Four Seasons Austin Hotel
Austin, Texas
6:30-7:15pm  Cocktail reception
7:15-8:30pm  Dinner & program

[ Inventor Award Reception and Ceremony ]

2013 Inventor of the Year

Thomas Milner


ON TUESDAY, NOVEMBER 19, 2013, at the Inventor Award Ceremony, the UT Austin Inventor of the Year, Thomas Milner, was announced to members of the university and Austin commercialization and innovation community. UT Austin researchers with U.S. patents issued in the past fiscal year were also recognized. Kicking off the 2013-14 Colloquium on Commercialization series, this program recognized the inventors whose innovative work has made substantial contributions to society.

Previous winners


S.V. Sreenivasan
John T. MacGuire
Professor of
Mechanical Engineering
Thornton Centennial
Fellow in Engineering


C. Grant Willson
Rashid Engineering
Regents Chair


John Goodenough
Virginia H. Cockrell
Centennial Chair
in Engineering


Adam Heller
Research Professor
Department of Chemical
Engineering, Cockrell
School of Engineering



Cocktail reception on the lawn
Dinner (continues through program)
Welcome remarks
Dan Sharp, Associate Vice President for Research and Director, Office of Technology Commercialization, UT Austin
Dr. Juan Sanchez, Vice President for Research, UT Austin
Dr. Robert Metcalfe, Professor of Innovation and Murchison Fellow of Free Enterprise, Cockrell School of Engineering, UT Austin
Dr. Gregory Fenves, Executive Vice President and Provost, UT Austin
Inventor recognition / Inventor of the Year announcement / remarks
Inventor patent recognition: Dan Sharp
Inventor of the Year announcement: Dr. Juan Sanchez
Inventor of the Year video tribute
Inventor of the Year tribute remarks: Dr. Nicholas Peppas, Fletcher S. Pratt Chair in Engineering, Depts. of Biomedical Engineering, Chemical Engineering, and Parmaceutics, and Chairman, Dept. of Biomedical Engineering, UT Austin
Presentation of award: Dr. Gregory Fenves
Inventor of the Year acceptance remarks
Program concludes


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The Four Seasons Hotel Austin

98 San Jacinto Boulevard
Austin, Texas 78701-4039

A resort-like haven just steps from Austin’s central business and entertainment districts, Four Seasons Hotel in downtown Austin boasts an unrivalled setting on the banks of Lady Bird Lake. Four Seasons Hotel Austin is widely recognized for its outstanding conference and banquet facilities, the sites of many of Austin’s most prestigious events. The Hotel’s spectacular lakeside setting also offers unrivalled opportunities for outdoor receptions or functions—access from the ballrooms to the lawns and terraces is effortless.

The story of Four Seasons Hotels and Resorts, which opened its first hotel in 1961, is a tale of continual innovation, remarkable expansion and a single-minded dedication to the highest of standards. The Canadian-based company has, for nearly 50 years, transformed the hospitality industry by combining friendliness and efficiency with the finest traditions of international hotel keeping. In the process, Four Seasons has redefined luxury for the modern traveler.

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