April 30, 2012
The Texas A&M University System’s Office of Technology Commercialization recently presented Patent Awards to individuals and teams who are currently employed by the A&M System and whose inventions were granted patent protection from the United States Patent & Trademark Office in 2011.
“This event gives us the chance to formally recognize the researchers within the A&M System whose work has significant real-world applications,” said Chancellor John Sharp. “Through commercialization of their inventions, research that began in a lab now has the chance to extend its reach and make a difference in people’s lives.”
During the awards ceremony, Dr. Lloyd W. Rooney from Texas A&M University was presented with the Innovation Award. Rooney is a Regents Professor and Faculty Fellow in the Cereal Quality Lab, in the Department of Soil and Crop Sciences. The Innovation Award is given in recognition of an individual whose research exemplifies the spirit of innovation within the A&M System.
Patent Award winners by A&M System institution include:
- Texas A&M — Dr. Edward S. Fry, Dr. George W. Kattawar, Joe Musser, and William Merka.
- Texas AgriLife Research — Dr. Alejandro Castillo, Dr. Allen Knutson, Dr. Amir Ibrahim, Gaylon Morgan, Dr. Jackie C. Rudd, James Heitholt, Joseph Emory Maxim, Dr. Keerti S. Rathore, LeAnne Mohr Campbell, Lloyd R. Nelson, Dr. Mona B. Damaj, Russell L. Sutton, Dr. T. Erik Mirkov, and Dr. Terry L. Thomas.
- Texas Engineering Experiment Station — Dr. Andrew R. McFarland, Dr. B. Don Russell, Carl L. Benner, Dr. Charles H. Culp III, Dr. David E. Claridge, Dr. Jeff Haberl, Dr. John C. Criscione, Karthick Muthu-Manivannan, Dr. Mark Holtzapple, Mehrdad Ehsani, Dr. Saurabh Biswas, Dr. Sunil P. Khatri, Dr. William D. Turner, and Dr. Zixiang Xiong.
- Texas A&M Health Science Center—Dr. Magnus Höök and Dr. Mark E. Benden.
- Texas Transportation Institute — Dr. Akram Abu-Odeh, Dr. C. Eugene Buth, D. Lance Bullard Jr., Dr. Dean C. Alberson, and Dr. Roger P. Bligh.
About the A&M System
The A&M System is one of the largest systems of higher education in the nation, with a budget of $3.3 billion. Through a statewide network of 11 universities, seven state agencies and a comprehensive health science center, the A&M System educates more than 120,000 students and makes more than 22 million additional educational contacts through service and outreach programs each year. Externally funded research expenditures exceed $780 million and help drive the state’s economy.
Contact: Steven B. Moore