2015 Inventor Award Ceremony & Reception

Wednesday, November 18, 2015

Four Seasons Austin Hotel
Austin, Texas
5:30-7:00pm  Cocktail reception
7:00-8:00pm  Program

By invitation only

[ Inventor Award Reception and Ceremony ]

The 2015 Inventor of the Year

Dr. Joseph Beaman

The 2015 Emerging Inventor of the Year

Dr. Jennifer Maynard

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ON WEDNESDAY, NOVEMBER 18, 2015, Dr. Joe Beaman was announced as the 2015 Inventor of the Year and Dr. Jennifer Maynard was announced as the 2015 Emerging Inventor of the Year at the 2015 Inventor of the Year Ceremony & Reception. Business and technology leaders from around the Austin area joined with The University of Texas at Austin faculty to honor these inventors. Also recognized were those UT Austin researchers who were issued U.S. patents in FY 2014-15.

Message from the President

President Greg FenvesThe highest expression of human ingenuity is an invention. Inventors take materials around them, comingle them with knowledge established and new, and create something that advances society. The University of Texas at Austin has been the home of many inventors, and tonight we celebrate two of them.

The Inventor of the Year is Joseph J. Beaman Jr., the Earnest F. Gloyna Regents Chair in Engineering. Dr. Beaman pioneered the development of selective laser sintering (SLS), a widely used additive manufacturing process for the direct production of high-value functional parts. SLS, more commonly known as 3D printing, is a process rapidly changing manufacturing. It is used in a variety of industrial sectors, from implantable medical devices to jet engines. Dr. Beaman has developed SLS design and processing methodologies for polymer, ceramic, and metallic materials and has made fundamental contributions to the understanding of the role of surface tension, melt viscosity, and temperature in the sintering process. In 2014 he was inducted into the National Academy of Inventors.

The Emerging Inventor of the Year is Dr. Jennifer Maynard, the Laurence E. McMakin Jr. Centennial Fellow in Chemical Engineering and an associate professor in the McKetta Department of Chemical Engineering. Her research focuses on biotechnology, vaccine development, protein therapeutics, and applied microbiology. Recently, Dr. Maynard received a grant from the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation to fund further evaluate monoclonal antibodies for prevention of whooping cough (pertussis). Her numerous awards include Most Outstanding Professor in Chemical Engineering at UT Austin, the National Research Service Award from the National Institutes of Health, and the Texas Exes Teaching Award.

Dr. Beaman and Dr. Maynard are examples to our students of what research excellence—and inventiveness—looks like. Congratulations to both of them, and thank you to all of the university’s inventors.

(signed) Greg Fenves
Gregory L. Fenves, President
The University of Texas at Austin


Previous winners

2014


George Georgiou
Cockrell Family
Regents Chair
in Engineering #9

2014


James McGinity
Johnson & Johnson
Centennial Chair Emeritus
in Pharmacy

2013


Thomas Milner
Marion E. Forsman
Centennial Professor
in Engineering

2012


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

2012


C. Grant Willson
Professor
Rashid Engineering
Regents Chair

2011


John Goodenough
Professor
Virginia H. Cockrell
Centennial Chair
in Engineering

2011


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

Bios and Videos

2015 Inventor of the Year: Dr. Joseph Beaman

Joseph BeamanDr. Joseph Beaman’s work in pioneering the development of selective laser sintering (SLS) from rapid prototyping to the rapid manufacturing of industrial parts has been credited as the “manufacturing technology that will change the world” (The Economist, 2011) and as a “bridge to the future” (The Economist, 2015). SLS is an additive manufacturing (AM) technology, referred to by most as 3D printing, which Dr. Beaman and his student invented in 1985 at The University of Texas at Austin’s Mechanical Engineering Department.

SLS has grown to be one of the world’s most advanced and promising manufacturing methods in use today; and as varying industries continue to expand uses for 3D printing, Dr. Beaman’s innovation in technology will continue to be referred to as a technology that has changed the world.

Dr. Beaman graduated with a B.S. in Mechanical Engineering from The University of Texas at Austin in 1972, then earned his Sc.D. in Mechanical Engineering from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology in 1979. That same year, he became a faculty member at The University of Texas at Austin and is currently the Earnest F. Gloyna Regents Chair in Engineering and a professor in the Department of Mechanical Engineering at the Cockrell School of Engineering.

Dr. Beaman is a Fellow of the American Society of Mechanical Engineers, and a member of the Dynamic Systems and Control Division. He has received numerous awards throughout his career, including the National Science Foundation Presidential Young Investigator Award, Distinguished Mechanical Engineer, Faculty Excellence Award, the DuPont Young Faculty Award, two Engineering Foundation Awards, and many more.

2015 Emerging Inventor of the Year: Dr. Jennifer Maynard

Jennifer MaynardIn the 1930s, whooping cough (pertussis) was the number-one cause of death for infants in the United States. Although modern-day vaccines have reduced this, the disease has become more common. Dr. Jennifer Maynard is recognized with developing a second pair of antibodies, which synergistically neutralize pertussis toxin to treat whooping cough, as well as crystallizing the first structure of an autoimmune T cell receptor-peptide-major histocompatibility complex, used to design new therapeutic approaches to treat multiple sclerosis.

Additionally, Dr. Maynard focuses her research in biotechnology, vaccine development, protein therapeutics, and applied microbiology. Most recently, she received a grant from the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation to fund further evaluation of monoclonal antibody for prevention of whooping cough.

Notably, the FDA recently accepted her biological license agreement for a therapeutic antibody which neutralizes anthrax toxin. She has received numerous awards including the Most Outstanding Professor in Chemical Engineering at The University of Texas at Austin, The National Research Service Award from the National Institutes of Health, and the Texas Exes Teaching Award, to name a few.

Dr. Maynard received a B.A. in Human Biology from Stanford University, her Ph.D. in Chemical Engineering at The University of Texas at Austin, and then continued her postdoctoral studies as an NIH Postdoctoral Fellow at Stanford University. She has been a faculty member at The University of Texas at Austin since 2007.

Patent Holders

Inventors awarded U.S. patents in FY14-15

Adam Heller
U.S. Patent Nos. 8,889,305 and 9,070,934Adela Ben-Yakar
U.S. Patent No. 8,894,637

Agham-Bayan Posadas
U.S. Patent No. 9,023,662

Alan Watts
U.S. Patent No. 9,044,391

Alexander Demkov
U.S. Patent No. 9,023,662

Allen Bard
U.S. Patent Nos. 8,840,774; 8,871,917; 9,086,370; and 9,096,430

Andrei Karpiouk
U.S. Patent No. 8,839,672

Andrew Ellington
U.S. Patent No. 9,090,674

Andrew Dunn
U.S. Patent No. 8,823,790

Andrie Karpiouk
U.S. Patent No. 8,932,223

Angela Belcher
U.S. Patent Nos. 8,846,190; 8,859,456; and 8,969,252

Arjang Hassibi
U.S. Patent No. 8,969,781

Arumugam Manthiram
U.S. Patent No. 8,974,960

Arun Mancikam
U.S. Patent No. 8,969,781

Ashish Rastogi
U.S. Patent No. 9,005,649

Barbara Ekerdt
U.S. Patent No. 8,821,899

Benny Freeman
U.S. Patent No. 8,911,540

Bo Wang
U.S. Patent Nos. 8,839,672; 8,904,871; and 8,932,223

Borje Jacobsson
U.S. Patent No. 8,926,888

Brian Reiss
U.S. Patent No. 8,969,252

Brittany Needham
U.S. Patent No. 8,945,587

Bugao Xu
No. 8,823,775

Bulent Ozpolat
U.S. Patent No. 9,073,851

C. Grant Willson
U.S. Patent No. 8,926,888 and 9,040,121

CB Hurta
U.S. Patent No. 8,996,099

Chongyang Liu
U.S. Patent No. 8,840,774

Chrisopher Ellison
U.S. Patent No. 9,040,121

Christine Schmidt
U.S. Patent No. 8,946,194

Christopher Hoy
U.S. Patent No. 8,894,637

Christopher Bates
U.S. Patent No. 9,040,121

Chuanbin Mao
U.S. Patent No. 8,846,190 and 8,969,252

Daniel Boutz
U.S. Patent No. 9,090,674

Daniel Hellebusch
U.S. Patent No. 8,926,888

Daniel Solis
U.S. Patent Nos. 8,846,190 and 8,969,252

David Giles
U.S. Patent No. 8,945,587

David Young
U.S. Patent No. 8,951,551

David Burgess
U.S. Patent No. 9,061,027

Donald Paul
U.S. Patent No. 8,911,540

Edgar Perez-Herrero
U.S. Patent No. 8,940,394

Edward Marcotte
U.S. Patent No. 9,090,674

Eric Anslyn
U.S. Patent No. 9,116,147

Erica Rausch
U.S. Patent No. 9,040,121

Fei Xue
U.S. Patent No. 9,048,330

Fu-Ren Fan
U.S. Patent Nos. 9,086,370 and 9,096,430

Gabriel Lopez-Berestein
U.S. Patent No. 9,073,851

Gary Pope
U.S. Patent Nos. 8,822,391; 8,841,241; and 9,109,152

Ge Zhang
U.S. Patent No. 8,921,103George Georgiou
U.S. Patent No. 9,090,674

Grant Offord
U.S. Patent No. 8,911,540

Himali Hewage
U.S. Patent No. 9,116,147

Jack Lee
U.S. Patent No. 9,048,330

James Lawler
U.S. Patent No. 8,975,810

Jason Lavinder
U.S. Patent No. 9,090,674

Jason McConville
U.S. Patent Nos. 9,044,391 and 9,061,027

JeeHyun Kim
U.S. Patent No. 8,996,099

Jeffrey Andrews
U.S. Patent No. 9,078,138

Jeffrey Perry
U.S. Patent Nos. 8,908,989 and 9,064,190

Jessica Lancaster
U.S. Patent No. 8,921,088

Jignesh Shah
U.S. Patent No. 8,904,871

Jim Upshaw
U.S. Patent No. 8,995,232

Jimmy Su
U.S. Patent Nos. 8,839,672 and 8,904,871

Johannes Burge
U.S. Patent No. 8,917,346

John Goodenough
U.S. Patent No. 9,093,692

Joshua Engstrom
U.S. Patent No. 8,968,786

Julia Cushen
U.S. Patent No. 9,040,121

Jung Hwan Oh
U.S. Patent Nos. 8,989,849 and 8,996,099

Karen Kirk
U.S. Patent No. 8,989,411

Karen Twu
U.S. Patent Nos. 8,916,519 and 9,079,944

Keith Johnston
U.S. Patent Nos. 8,968,786; 9,044,391; and 9,061,027

Keshav Pingali
U.S. Patent No. 8,863,104

Kevin Dalby
U.S. Patent No. 9,073,851

Kimberly Homan
U.S. Patent No. 8,839,672

Krishnendu Roy
U.S. Patent No. 9,096,830

Kyle Riding
U.S. Patent No. 8,888,910

Larry Britton
U.S. Patent No. 9,109,152

Laura Suggs
U.S. Patent No. 8,921,103

Leon Dean
U.S. Patent No. 9,040,121

Li-Hsin Han
U.S. Patent No. 8,996,099

Logan Santos
U.S. Patent No. 9,040,121

Lonnissa Nguyen
U.S. Patent No. 9,096,830

M. Stphen Trent
U.S. Patent No. 8,945,587

Maria Juenger
U.S. Patent No. 8,888,910

Mark Raizen
U.S. Patent No. 8,975,810

Marta Gomez-Burgaz
U.S. Patent No. 8,821,899

Martin Poenie
U.S. Patent No. 8,921,088

Marvin Whiteley
U.S. Patent No. 8,945,587

Miao Wujiam
U.S. Patent No. 8,871,917

Michael Lewis
U.S. Patent No. 8,995,232

Michael Orshansky
U.S. Patent No. 8,938,069

Michael Kuntzman
U.S. Patent No. 8,989,411

Michael Lin
U.S. Patent No. 8,926,888

Milind Kulkami
U.S. Patent No. 8,863,104

Neal Hall
U.S. Patent No. 8,989,411Nicholas Peppas
U.S. Patent Nos. 8,821,899 and 8,940,394

Paul Ho
U.S. Patent No. 9,005,649

Philip Bowman
U.S. Patent No. 9,005,649

Prapasri Sinswat
U.S. Patent No. 9,044,391

Preetam Singh
U.S. Patent No. 9,093,692

Quoc Nguyen
U.S. Patent No. 9,109,152

R. Malcolm Brown
U.S. Patent No. 8,951,551

Raymond Zowarka
U.S. Patent No. 8,995,232

Rei-Lin Kuo
U.S. Patent Nos. 8,916,519 and 9,079,944

Rituraj Singh
U.S. Patent No. 8,969,781

Robert Flake
U.S. Patent No. 8,867,657

Robert Heath
U.S. Patent No. 8,958,499

Robert Talbert
U.S. Patent Nos. 9,061,027 and 9,044,391

Robert Krug
U.S. Patent Nos. 8,916,519 and 9,079,944

Robert Williams III
U.S. Patent Nos. 8,968,786; 9,044,391; and 9,061,027

Ronalk Houk
U.S. Patent No. 9,116,147

Sai Reddy
U.S. Patent No. 9,090,674

Saloman Stavchansky
U.S. Patent No. 9,005,649

Sarah Taylor-Lange
U.S. Patent No. 8,888,910

Sarah Mayes
U.S. Patent No. 8,946,194

Siddharth Pratap
U.S. Patent No. 8,995,232

S.V. Sreenivasan
U.S. Patent Nos. 8,916,200 and 8,828,297

Stanislav Emelianov
U.S. Patent Nos. 8,839,672; 8,904,871; and 8,932,223

Takehiro Seshimo
U.S. Patent No. 9,040,121

Thomas Milner
U.S. Patent Nos. 8,989,849 and 8,996,099

Timothy Young
U.S. Patent No. 9,061,027

True Roger
U.S. Patent Nos. 9,061,027 and 9,044,391

Upali Weerasooriya
U.S. Patent Nos. 8,822,391; 8,841,241; and 9,109,152

Vikram Chandrasekhar
U.S. Patent No. 9,078,138

Vikramjit Singh
U.S. Patent Nos. 8,916,200, 8,828,297, and 8,961,800

William Bell
U.S. Patent No. 8,926,888

William Durand
U.S. Patent No. 9,040,121

William Tom
U.S. Patent No. 8,823,790

Wilson Geisler
U.S. Patent Nos. 8,908,989; 8,917,346; and 9,064,190

Wojtek Czaja
U.S. Patent No. 8,951,551

Wolfgang Frey
U.S. Patent Nos. 8,839,672 and 8,904,871

Wurong Yu
U.S. Patent No. 8,823,775

Xiaoying Xiao
U.S. Patent Nos. 9,086,370 and 9,096,430

Xin Ge
U.S. Patent No. 9,090,674

Yetkin Yildirim
U.S. Patent No. 8,894,322

Yin Zhang
U.S. Patent No. 8,826,314

Yun-Sheng Chen
U.S. Patent Nos. 8,839,672 and 8,904,871

Yu-Sheng Su
U.S. Patent No. 8,974,960

Zhiquan Luo
U.S. Patent No. 9,005,649

Zhuojie Wu
U.S. Patent No. 9,005,649

Agenda

Agenda

5:30-7:00pm

Inventor award reception

7:00-7:30pm

Inventor award program

Welcome remarks

Dan Sharp, Associate Vice President for Research and Director, Office of Technology Commercialization, The University of Texas at Austin

Speaker remarks

Bob Metcalfe, Professor of Innovation, Innovation Center Faculty Director, Cockrell School of Engineering, The University of Texas at Austin

Recognition of inventors with U.S. patents issued in FY14-15

Dan Sharp

Speaker remarks

Clay Johnston, Dean, Vice President for Medical Affairs, Dell Medical School, The University of Texas at Austin

7:30-8:00pm

Inventor award ceremony

Inventor of the Year announcement

Dan Sharp

Inventor of the Year video tribute

Emerging Inventor of the Year video tribute and remarks

Jennifer Maynard, Associate Professor, Department of Chemical Engineering, Cockrell School of Engineering, The University of Texas at Austin

8:00pm

Program concludes

Speakers

Speakers

Clay Johnston, M.D., Ph.D.
Since March 2014, Clay Johnston has served as the inaugural Dean of the Dell Medical School at The University of Texas at Austin. His ambitious vision includes building a world-class medical school by creating a vital, inclusive health ecosystem that supports new and innovative models of education and healthcare delivery—all with a focus on improving health and making Austin a model healthy city. He is also a neurologist, specializing in stroke care and research. Previously, Clay was associate vice chancellor for research at the University of California, San Francisco. He is a graduate of Amherst College and Harvard Medical School. He received a Ph.D. in epidemiology from the University of California, Berkeley.
Bob Metcalfe, Ph.D.
Bob Metcalfe was an Internet Pioneer starting in 1970 at MIT, Harvard, and Stanford. He invented Ethernet at the Xerox Palo Alto Research Center in 1973 and founded 3Com Corporation in 1979. Ethernet became the industry standard packet plumbing of the Internet. 3Com raised venture capital starting in 1981, went public in 1984, had $5.7B in revenue in 1999, and in 2010 became part of HP. In 2011, Bob became Professor of Innovation in the Cockrell School of Engineering at The University of Texas at Austin. During 2015-16 Bob will be an MIT Visiting Innovation Fellow. His principal interest is in the startup ecosystems surrounding research universities.
Moderator: Dan Sharp, J.D.
Dan Sharp serves as Associate VP for Research and Director of the Office of Technology Commercialization (OTC) at The University of Texas at Austin. In this role, Mr. Sharp oversees the business of OTC, manages all intellectual property (IP) and licensing activities, and coordinates relationships between OTC and faculty university-wide. He is involved in the creation of new licenses and startup companies and provides counsel to licensing staff on strategy, negotiation, terms, and goals.Prior to joining OTC, Mr. Sharp was a practicing attorney—most recently with McKool Smith, PC and Wilson Sonsini Goodrich & Rosati, PC—with a focus on IP and technology law, including patent litigation, technology, and IP licensing. He participated in structuring corporate deals ranging from complex mergers and acquisitions to venture capital financing rounds. Additionally, he participated in multiple jury trials for patent cases with damages models exceeding $100 million. Mr. Sharp has managed complex litigation and corporate transactions. He served as a Law Clerk to the Hon. T. John Ward, the presiding District Judge in the Marshall Division of the Eastern District of Texas, and is a member of the bar in Texas and California.Dan received his J.D. from The University of Texas School of Law and B.S. in Electrical Engineering from The University of Texas at Austin. Currently, Dan serves as a judge and mentor to students competing in the Idea to Product competition and lectures on intellectual property and technology law. Mr. Sharp is a member of the 1883 Council and is involved with the College of Engineering Advisory Board. In 2009 he created a scholarship for engineering students that will be awarded to a student who is the first person from his or her family to attend college.

Venue

Four Seasons Hotel AustinVenue

The Four Seasons Hotel Austin

98 San Jacinto Boulevard
Austin, Texas 78701-4039
512-478-4500

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Platinum sponsors

Meunier
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Gold sponsors

Innovation Center
Dell Medical School
ATT Executive Center