Purdue student inventors to be recognized for patented discoveries

November 28, 2012  

WEST LAFAYETTE, Ind. – A special reception set for Wednesday (Dec. 5) will honor the record number of Purdue University students who made discoveries in the past year. In the 2011-12 fiscal year, 355 student inventors contributed to a Purdue discovery, up from 218 in 2010-11.  

The "Purdue Student Innovators Reception" will be held from 5-7 p.m. in the Meredith Residence Hall, Gathering Place, 201 Martin Jischke Drive on the Purdue West Lafayette campus.

"More and more, university students are augmenting their educational pursuits by developing and protecting their discoveries," said Elizabeth Hart-Wells, assistant vice president of the Purdue Office of Technology Commercialization. "Interest in translating discoveries to products is definitely a growing trend among university students across the country."

Examples of Purdue students' patented inventions include:

*A visual perception technology that could help robots see in 3-D like humans.

*A visual analytic toolkit to help law enforcement officials track criminal activities within various areas of a community to better identify areas of need.

*A technology that helps quickly test, commercialize and market mobile applications that are developed with Purdue resources.

*A soybean-based resin that can be used to make computer circuit boards that are biodegradable, ecofriendly and reusable.

The event is sponsored by the Purdue Research Foundation's Office of Technology Commercialization, Burton D. Morgan Center for Entrepreneurship and the Purdue Certificate in Entrepreneurship and Innovation Program.

"Despite having many time commitments due to their educational studies, these students go above and beyond and find the additional work they do in research and patenting sets a foundation for their future professions," said Richard Cosier, the Avrum and Joyce Gray Director of the Burton D. Morgan Center for Entrepreneurship. "Activities like a student reception recognize the work that they are doing and encourage them to continue to excel in their endeavors."

Purdue Office of Technology Commercialization operates one of the most comprehensive technology transfer programs among leading research universities in the United States. The office provides ongoing support for Purdue economic development initiatives and that benefit the university's academic activities.

The Certificate in Entrepreneurship and Innovation Program is a series of five business-development courses for undergraduate students to gain a certificate.

Burton D. Morgan Center for Entrepreneurship fosters the understanding and application of entrepreneurship with faculty and students across the Purdue campus.

Media contact: Cynthia Sequin, 765-413-6031, casequin@prf.org

Source: Elizabeth Hart-Wells, 765-588-3473, eahart-wells@prf.org

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