During the spring semester, UMD's Office of Technology Commercialization hosts the Invention of the Year Reception to honor university inventors and inventions from the previous year. Clark School of Engineering faculty, researchers, and students are regular recipients in the three invention categories.

Past Clark School Invention of the Year Awards

Term Clark School Recipient(s) Invention Category
2018 Christopher Monroe, Guide Pagano, Paul Hess, Harvey Kaplan, Wen Lin Tan, and Philip Richerme Cryogenic Ion Trapping and Storage System for Quantum Information Overall
2018 Liangbing Hu, Yubing Zhou, Chaoji Chen, Teng Li, and Robert Foster Strong and Tough Graphite-Paper Composites Physical Science
2018 Chi-Hun Park and Bhanu Telugu Novel Method of Internal Organ Generation For Therapy and Research in Humans and Animals Life Science
2018 Amitabh Varshney, Sarah Murthi, Gary Schwartzbauer, and Xuetong Sun Augmented Reality Enabled Catheter Information Science
2017 Alireza Khaligh, Jiangheng Lu, and Ayan Mallik Integrated Power Electronics Interface for Enhanced Electric Vehicle Charging Physical Science
2017 Ryan Huiszoon, Pradeep Rajasekaran, and Reza Ghodssi Flexible Urinary Catheter Insert to Detect and Prevent Bacterial Infections Life Science
2017 Rajeev Ranjan, Carlos Castillo, and Ramalingam Chellappa Robust System for Large Scale Facial Verification and Search Information Science
2016 Charles Thomas Harry and Nancy Gallagher Cyber Dispruption Index and Framework Information Science
2016 John T. Patton Rotavirus and Norovirus Dual Vaccine Life Science
2016 Steven Anlage, Frank Cangialosi, Tyler Grover, Scott Roman, Liangcheng Tao, and Anfrew Simon A New Method for Remote Wireless Power Delivery Physical Science
2015 Ramalingam Chellappa, Rajeev Ranjan, and Vishal Patel (Ph.D. ’10) New Advancements in Face Detection Technology Information Science
2015 Scott Walsh and Lila Kashi (11) A New Vaccine for Leukemia Life Science
2015 Chunsheng Wang and Liumin Suo (10) Safer and More Affordable Energy Storage Physical Science
2014 Min Wu Verifying the Source of Video Streams Using Electric Network Frequency (ENF) Signals Information Science
2014 Javier Atencia-Fernandez A Groundbreaking New Bacteria Detection Method for Testing Complex Food Samples Life Science
2014 Gary Rubloff and Sang Bok Lee (Chemistry) A Revolutionary, High Energy Density Nanopore Battery Physical Science
2013 K.J. Ray Liu, Feng Han, Yu-Han Yang, Beibei Wang, and Yongle Wu Time-Reversal Division Multiple Access for Wireless Broadband Communications Information Science
2013 Donald DeVoe and Omid Rahmanian Method for Rapid, Inexpensive Prototyping of Microfluidic Devices Physical Science
2012 Min Wu, Ravi Garg, Avinah L. Varna Environmental Signatures for Forensic Analysis and Alignment of Media Recordings Information Science
2011 K.J. Ray Liu, Nathan Goergen, Wan-Yi Lin Active Sensing for Dynamic Spectrum Access Information Science
2011 Silvia Muro, Rasa Ghaffarian Targeted Carriers for Drug Delivery Across the Gastrointestinal Epithelium Life Science
2011 Ichiro Takeuchi, Manfred Wuttig, Jun Cui, Yiming Wu Thermoelastic Cooling Physical Science
2009 Martin Peckerar,Neil Goldsman World's Highest Energy Density Thin-Film Battery. Physical Science
2009 Matt Dowling,Srini Raghavan "nano-velcro" chitosan-based bandage, which could significantly reduce mortality rates among cases with uncontrollable bleeding. Life Science
2009 John Baras A a key exchange system to secure Internet transactions. Information Science
2008 Peter Kofinas,Daniel Janiak Their invention is a molecularly imprinted polymer (MIP) capable of filtering viruses from the blood. Life Science
2008 Jaydev Desai,
S. K. Gupta,
Nicholas Pappafotis,
Wojciech Bejgerowski
The group's invention is a robot that can assist surgeons operating on brain tumors. Physical Science
2007 Rama Chellappa, Aravind Sundaresan Markerless Motion Capture, which is a way to analyze and express human motion in mathematical terms. Information Science
2007 Marino di Marzo, Amr Baz Integrating Sensor Monitoring the Allowable Heat Exposure Time for Firefighters. Physical Science
Runner Up
2005 Gregory S. Jackson, Bryan W. Eichhorn and Shenghu Zhou Hydrogen from Hydrocarbon Fuels Without the High Levels of Carbon Monoxide Physical
Science
2005 John P. Fisher, Parth Modi, Jennifer Lynn Moreau, and Sachiko Kaihara Biomaterials for Tissue Engineering that Avoid Premature Degradation Life
Science
2005 Maria I. Klapa, Harin Kanani Metabolomics Technology for Highly Accurate and Simultaneous Measurement of Hundreds of Metabolites in Biological Systems Information
Science
2004 Pamela Ann Abshire, Benjamin Shapiro, Elisabeth Smela (9) Cell Sensor Based Pathogen Detection Physical
Science
2004 K.J. Ray Liu, Zoltan Safar, Weifeng Su Coding Techniques for Maximum Achievable Diversity in Space, Time and Frequency for Broadband Wireless Communications Information
Science
2003 Suneel Ismail Sheikh, Darryll J. Pines Navigation Using X-Ray Sources Physical
Science
2003 Ashok K. Agrawala Horus: An RF-Based Location Determination System Information
Science
2002 Balakumar Balachandran, Miao Yu, Moustafa Al-Bassyioumi Fiber Tip-Based Fiber Optic Sensor System Physical
Science
2002 Peter Sandorn, Pameet Singh Mitigation of Obsolescence Cost Analysis (MOCA) Information
Science
2001 Peter Kofinas, Steven Bullock, Sufi Ahmed Controlled Room Temperature Synthesis of Polymer-Templated Magnetic Nanoparticles Physical
Science
2000 Ashok K. Agrawala (1) PinPoint Technology: Locating and Synchronizing Mobile Wireless Nodes Information
Science
1999 Aristos Christou (2) PLZT Spatial Phase Modulator Physical
Science
1999 Christopher Davis Polarization and Wavelength Diversity for Fade Resistance in Optical Wierless Communication Systems Information
Science
1998 Nariman Farvardin (3) Method and Apparatus for Compressing and Decompressing Images Information
Science
1997 James
Hendler (4)
Parka-DB™ Physical
Science
1996 Kawthar A. Zaki Rilter Realizations Using New Transmission Media Physical
Science
1996 Mahammad Moddares (5) Software-Based Expert System for Assessing and Monitoring of Nuclear Power Plants Information
Science
1995 James Sirkis, Harmeet Singh Fiber Optic Three Strain Sensor Physical
Science
1994 John Baras, Aaron Falk, Timothy Kirkwood, Brian Johnson, Anthony Ephremides (6) A System Design for a Hybrid Network Data Communications Terminal Using Asymmetric TCP/IP to Support Internet Applications Physical
Science
1994 Ben Shneiderman (7) University of Maryland Widget Library™ Information
Science
1987 Ben Shneiderman (8) Touch Screen Finger Mouse None
(single award)

(1) Also awarded: A. Shankar (CMPS), Ronald Larsen (OIT), and Douglas Szajda

(2) Also awarded: Maria Linnik

(3) Also awarded: Eiji Atsumi

(4) Also awarded: Killian Stoffel, Merwyn Taylor

(5) Also awarded: Seyed Mohammad Hadavi

(6) Also awarded: Danield Friedman, Narin Suphasindhu, Douglas Dillon

(7) Also awarded: Richard Chimera, Marko Teittinen, Ninad Jog, David Carr, Harsha Kumar

(8) Also awarded: Richard Potter

(9) Also awarded: Denis Wertz (Chemical and Biomolecular Engineering, Johns Hopkins)

(10) Also awarded: Kang Xu, Oleg Borodin, and Arthur V. Cresce (U.S. Army Research Laboratory)

(11) Also awarded: Scott Durum, Julie Hixon, and Wen Qing Li (National Cancer Institute)


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