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October 10, 2007

Purdue Research Foundation honors faculty inventors, entrepreneurs

WEST LAFAYETTE, Ind. -
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The Purdue Research Foundation on Wednesday (Oct. 10) recognized 29 Purdue University faculty and staff at its annual Inventors' Recognition Dinner in the Purdue Memorial Union ballrooms.

"This is the fifth year this award has been bestowed, and we are proud to say that each year there is an increasing number of our scholars and researchers who receive a patent for their discoveries," said Joseph B. Hornett, the foundation's senior vice president, treasurer and COO. "Our Office of Technology Commercialization works to help move these inventions into the marketplace and provide services that allow entrepreneurs to keep innovation in Indiana."

The recipients were honored for their discoveries that have resulted, or may soon result, in commercial applications that benefit society. The top honor of the 2007 Outstanding Commercialization Award went to Alok Chaturvedi (pronounced a-LOKE CHAT-ter-veh-dee), a professor of management in the Krannert School of Management; founder and former director of the Purdue Homeland Security Institute at Discovery Park; and founder, president and CEO of Simulex Inc. at the Purdue Research Park.

Chaturvedi was recognized for his role in the development of the Synthetic Environments for Analysis and Simulation (SEAS) technology, which seeks to explain how governments, companies, organizations and the public respond to certain situations, including terrorism. The technology's commercialization led to the formation in 1999 of Simulex, which has 40 employees.

"As part of our research for this technology, we focus on the political, social and economic aspects of other cultures to better understand each other and work together to make the world a more peaceful place," Chaturvedi said. "That is our ultimate goal.

"I am honored to be recognized for this research."

In the fiscal year from July 2006 to June 2007, Purdue Research Foundation reported 222 invention disclosures, compared with 216 the previous year, and 31 issued patents. The foundation also reported the creation of 15 new companies from Purdue-licensed technologies, compared to five the previous fiscal year.

The 28 issued patent holders recognized during the event are:

* Douglas Adams, associate professor, Ray W. Herrick Laboratories, School of Mechanical Engineering, College of Engineering

* Ronald P. Andres, professor emeritus, School of Chemical Engineering, College of Engineering

* Richard Borch, head and professor, Purdue Department of Medicinal Chemistry and Molecular Pharmacology, School of Pharmacy and Pharmaceutical Sciences, College of Pharmacy, Nursing and Health Sciences

* Richard Borgens, director, Purdue Center for Paralysis Research and professor of developmental anatomy, School of Veterinary Medicine

* Ray Bressan, professor, Department of Horticulture and Landscape Architecture, College of Agriculture

* Andrew Brightman, assistant head, Weldon School of Biomedical Engineering, College of Engineering

* R. Graham Cooks, Henry Bohn Hass Distinguished Professor, Department of Chemistry, College of Science

* Mark S. Cushman, professor, Department of Medicinal Chemistry and Molecular Pharmacology, School of Pharmacy and Pharmaceutical Sciences, College of Pharmacy, Nursing and Health Sciences

* Natalia Doudareva, professor, Department of Horticulture and Landscape Architecture, College of Agriculture

* Philip L. Fuchs, R.B. Wetherill Professor of Chemistry-Organic Chemistry, College of Science

* Leslie A. Geddes, Showalter Distinguished Professor Emeritus of Bioengineering, Weldon School of Biomedical Engineering, College of Engineering

* Stanton B. Gelvin, professor, Department of Biological Sciences, College of Science

* Paul Hasegawa, professor, Department of Horticulture and Landscape Architecture, College of Agriculture

* David Kozel, School of Electrical and Computer Engineering, College of Engineering

* Daniel E. Leaird, School of Electrical and Computer Engineering, College of Engineering

* Chunghorng Richard Liu, professor, School of Industrial Engineering, College of Engineering

* James D. McGlothlin (two patents), associate professor of health sciences, School of Pharmacy and Pharmaceutical Sciences, College of Pharmacy, Nursing and Health Sciences

* Richard Meilan, associate professor, Department of Forestry and Natural Resources, College of Agriculture

* D. James Morre, Dow Distinguished Professor of Medicinal Chemistry, College of Science

* Dorothy Morre, professor of foods and nutrition, Center on Aging and the Life Course

* Zheng Ouyang, assistant professor, School of Electrical and Computer Engineering, College of Engineering

* M. Daniel Raftery, professor of analytical and physical chemistry, College of Science

* Robert Santini, director of instrumentation, Department of Chemistry, College of Science

* Seokbo S. Shim, associate professor, Department of Visual and Performing Arts, College of Liberal Arts

* Werner Soedel, Ray W. Herrick Professor of Engineering, School of Mechanical Engineering, College of Engineering

* Sherry Voytick-Harbin, associate professor, Weldon School of Biomedical Engineering, College of Engineering

* Nien-Hwa Linda Wang, professor, School of Chemical Engineering, College of Engineering

* Andrew M. Weiner (two patents), Scifres Distinguished Professor of Electrical and Computer Engineering, College of Engineering

Previous recipients of the Outstanding Commercialization Award include Phillip Low, the Ralph C. Corley Distinguished Professor of Chemistry; Fred Regnier (RE-neer), the John H. Law Distinguished Professor of Chemistry, Cooks; and Geddes.

The Purdue Research Park encompasses 591 acres in West Lafayette, Ind., and is home to the largest university-affiliated business incubator complex in the nation. Within the park, 140 businesses, of which more than 90 are high-tech, employ more than 2,900 people. The Association of University Research Parks recognized Purdue Research Park in 2005 for excellence in technology transfer, and the park received the organization's Research/Science Park Company of the Year Award of Excellence in 2004.

Writers: Cynthia Sequin, (765) 494-4192, casequin@prf.org

Marydell Forbes, (765) 496-7704, mforbes@purdue.edu

Sources: Alok Chaturvedi, (765) 494-9048, alok@purdue.edu

Joseph B. Hornett, (765) 494-8645, jbhornett@prf.org

Purdue News Service: (765) 494-2096; purduenews@purdue.edu

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Alok Chaturvedi, at left, received the 2007 Outstanding Commercialization Award Wednesday (Oct. 10) from Purdue University and the Purdue Research Foundation. His award was one of 32 presented at the Inventors Recognition Dinner. Chaturvedi's research led to the formation of Simulex Inc., a company in the Purdue Research Park with 40 employees. (Purdue News Service file photo/David Umberger)

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