November 1, 2014

Texas A&M System inventors receive Patent and Innovation Awards

April 25, 2014

Vertical LogoCOLLEGE STATION, April 25, 2014 – Texas A&M Technology Commercialization today 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 2013.

“Our researchers are working diligently behind the scenes developing innovations that will help us in our everyday lives,” said Texas A&M University System Chancellor John Sharp. “By commercializing these advancements, we are able to take their research to the marketplace where it can help the most people.”

Texas A&M University professors Dr. Yue Kuo, Dr. Stephen Safe and Dr. Karen Wooley were presented with the Innovation Awards.  The Innovation Award is given in recognition of an individual whose research exemplifies the spirit of innovation within the A&M System.

Kuo is a Dow Professor in the Chemical Engineering Department with a joint appointment in Materials Science and Engineering and Electrical Engineering at Texas A&M, where he established the renowned Thin Film Nano & Microelectronics Research Laboratory. He joined Texas A&M University in 1998 after finishing two decades industry research and development in TBM T.J. Watson Research Center and Silicon Valley.

Safe is a faculty member in the Department of Veterinary Physiology and Pharmacology with a cross-appointment in the Department of Biochemistry and Biophysics and is the director of the Center for Environmental and Genetic Medicine. Most recently, he founded SpKD Company, LLC, a start-up focusing on further development of a class of compounds to reduce tumor formation and metastasis.

Wooley is a distinguished professor of chemistry and has held the W.T. Doherty-Welch Chair in Chemistry at Texas A&M since 2009. She is the first female to receive the American Chemical Society Award in Polymer Chemistry – a prestigious accolade that recognizes outstanding fundamental contributions and advancements in polymer systems and materials.

Patent Award winners by A&M System institution include:

•     Texas A&M University – Dr. Peter M. McIntyre, Dr. Muhammad Suhail Zubairy and Dr. Marlan Scully.

•     Texas A&M Health Science Center – Dr. Magnus Höök, Dr. Elizabeth M. Cosgriff-Hernandez, and Dr. Stephen H. Safe.

•     Texas A&M University-Corpus Christi – Dr. Wen-Long Jang

•     Texas A&M Engineering Experiment Station – Dr. B. Don Russell, Dr. Karthick Muthu-Manivannan, Dr. Peng Xu, Dr. Gwan S. Choi, Dr. John C. Criscione, Dr. Charles H. Culp, Dr. David E. Claridge, Dr. Mark T. Holtzapple, Dr. Jun Kameoka, Dr. Hung-Jue Sue, Carl L. Benner, Sebastian Taco–Vasquez, and Dazhi Sun.

•     Texas A&M Transportation Institute – Dr. Dean C. Alberson, Dr. D. Lance Bullard Jr., Dr. Roger P. Bligh, Dr. Eugene Buth and Dr. Hayes E. Ross, Jr.

•     Texas A&M AgriLife Research – Dr. Luc Berghman, Dr. William L. Rooney, Dr. David M. Stelly, Dr. Stephen H. Safe and George L. Hodnett.

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 $3.8 billion. Through a statewide network of 11 universities, seven state agencies, two service units and a comprehensive health science center, the A&M System educates more than 131,000 students and makes more than 22 million additional educational contacts through service and outreach programs each year. Externally funded research expenditures exceed $820 million and help drive the state’s economy.

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