MSU Innovation Celebration
The third annual MSU Innovation Celebration was Thursday, June 6, in the MSU Union.
This networking reception showcased eleven of the innovative technologies developed in campus labs and beyond, honors MSU researchers who reported an invention during the academic year, and recognizes the winners of multiple awards for innovation and acheivement in technology transfer.
Via MSU Today: MSU Innovation Center Recognizes Inventors and Inventions
The award for Innovation of the Year went to Dr. Norbert Mueller, Associate Professor, Department of Mechanical Engineering, for his invention, the Woven Turbomachine Impeller. The woven impeller may be used in compressors and turbines. Its unique design uses a bundle of fibers woven together into a lightweight, high-strength form. The woven shape also lends itself to novel components for electric motors and generators. The technology has been proven in field testing and is applicable in a wide variety of green energy applications. US patent 7,938,627 was issued for the technology on May 10, 2011.
The 2013 MSU Technology Transfer Achievement Award is awarded to Dr. Donald Penner, professor in the Department of Plant, Soil and Microbial Sciences, for his Herbicide Adjuvant Project. Penner developed an adjuvant system to boost the productivity of herbicides, which delays the appearance of resistant weeds and allows farmers to apply herbicide at lower rates per acre. These products were applied to tens of millions of acres last year, and generated more than $800,000 in royalties.
A serial inventor at MSU with 18 invention disclosures, Penner’s inventions relate to improving herbicide activity or protecting crop plants against herbicide injury. He has developed herbicide-resistant plants, including glyphosate-resistant turfgrass that is licensed to The Scotts Company, and sulfonylurea-resistant sugar beets that are licensed to SES VanderHave. One invention, designed to allow insecticides and/or herbicides to penetrate a canopy of plants and reach soil or water underneath, may be useful in the global fight against mosquitoes carrying malaria and yellow fever.