During the spring semester, UM Ventures hosts the Invention of the Year Awards to honor university inventors and inventions from the previous year. Clark School faculty members, researchers, and students are regular recipients in the three invention categories.

Invention of the Year Award Winners

Term Recipient(s) Invention Category
2023 Teng Li, Bo Chen, and Shuangshuang Jing Eco-Friendly Composite-Based Water Harvesting System From Air Overall Physical Sciences
2023 Po-Yen Chen, Tianle Chen, and Liangbing Hu, Herbert Rabin Programmable Creation of All-Natural Plastic Substitutes Information Sciences
2023 YuHuang Wang, Daniel Heller and Mijin Kim, Anand Jagota, and Ming Zheng Detection of Ovarian Cancer via the Spectral Fingerprinting of Quantum-Defect-Modified Carbon Nanotubes in Serum by Machine Learning Life Sciences
2023 Uday Saha and Edo Waks Low Noise Quantum Frequency Conversion Scheme for Trapped Ion Quantum Network Quantum
2022 Cheng Gong 2D Materials-Based Nanosensors for Rapid Monitoring of Meat Freshness

Physical Sciences

2022 Srinivasa Raghavan and Leah K. Borden Suture-free Repair for Surgery, Cuts and Wounds Life Sciences
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 Sciences
2018 Chi-Hun Park and Bhanu Telugu Novel Method of Internal Organ Generation For Therapy and Research in Humans and Animals Life Sciences
2018 Amitabh Varshney, Sarah Murthi, Gary Schwartzbauer, and Xuetong Sun Augmented Reality Enabled Catheter Information Sciences
2017 Alireza Khaligh, Jiangheng Lu, and Ayan Mallik Integrated Power Electronics Interface for Enhanced Electric Vehicle Charging Physical Sciences
2017 Ryan Huiszoon, Pradeep Rajasekaran, and Reza Ghodssi Flexible Urinary Catheter Insert to Detect and Prevent Bacterial Infections Life Sciences
2017 Rajeev Ranjan, Carlos Castillo, and Ramalingam Chellappa Robust System for Large Scale Facial Verification and Search Information Sciences
2016 Charles Thomas Harry and Nancy Gallagher Cyber Disruption Index and Framework Information Sciences
2016 John T. Patton Rotavirus and Norovirus Dual Vaccine Life Sciences
2016 Steven Anlage, Frank Cangialosi, Tyler Grover, Scott Roman, Liangcheng Tao, and Andrew Simon A New Method for Remote Wireless Power Delivery Physical Sciences
2015 Ramalingam Chellappa, Rajeev Ranjan, and Vishal Patel (Ph.D. ’10) New Advancements in Face Detection Technology Information Sciences
2015 Scott Walsh and Lila Kashi1 A New Vaccine for Leukemia Life Sciences
2015 Chunsheng Wang and Liumin Suo2 Safer and More Affordable Energy Storage Physical Sciences
2014 Min Wu Verifying the Source of Video Streams Using Electric Network Frequency (ENF) Signals Information Sciences
2014 Javier Atencia-Fernandez A Groundbreaking New Bacteria Detection Method for Testing Complex Food Samples Life Sciences
2014 Gary Rubloff and Sang Bok Lee (Chemistry) A Revolutionary, High Energy Density Nanopore Battery Physical Sciences
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 Sciences
2013 Donald DeVoe and Omid Rahmanian Method for Rapid, Inexpensive Prototyping of Microfluidic Devices Physical Sciences
2012 Min Wu, Ravi Garg, Avinah L. Varna Environmental Signatures for Forensic Analysis and Alignment of Media Recordings Information Sciences
2011 K.J. Ray Liu, Nathan Goergen, Wan-Yi Lin Active Sensing for Dynamic Spectrum Access Information Sciences
2011 Silvia Muro, Rasa Ghaffarian Targeted Carriers for Drug Delivery Across the Gastrointestinal Epithelium Life Sciences
2011 Ichiro Takeuchi, Manfred Wuttig, Jun Cui, Yiming Wu Thermoelastic Cooling Physical Sciences
2009 Martin Peckerar, Neil Goldsman World's Highest Energy Density Thin-Film Battery. Physical Sciences
2009 Matt Dowling, Srini Raghavan "nano-velcro" chitosan-based bandage, which could significantly reduce mortality rates among cases with uncontrollable bleeding. Life Sciences
2009 John Baras A a key exchange system to secure Internet transactions. Information Sciences
2008 Peter Kofinas, Daniel Janiak Their invention is a molecularly imprinted polymer (MIP) capable of filtering viruses from the blood. Life Sciences
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 Sciences
2007 Ramalingam Chellappa, Aravind Sundaresan Markerless Motion Capture, which is a way to analyze and express human motion in mathematical terms. Information Sciences
2007 Marino di Marzo, Amr Baz Integrating Sensor Monitoring the Allowable Heat Exposure Time for Firefighters. Physical Sciences
Runner Up
2005 Gregory S. Jackson, Bryan W. Eichhorn and Shenghu Zhou Hydrogen from Hydrocarbon Fuels Without the High Levels of Carbon Monoxide Physical
2005 John P. Fisher, Parth Modi, Jennifer Lynn Moreau, and Sachiko Kaihara Biomaterials for Tissue Engineering that Avoid Premature Degradation Life
2005 Maria I. Klapa, Harin Kanani Metabolomics Technology for Highly Accurate and Simultaneous Measurement of Hundreds of Metabolites in Biological Systems Information
2004 Pamela Ann Abshire, Benjamin Shapiro, Elisabeth Smela3 Cell Sensor Based Pathogen Detection Physical
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
2003 Suneel Ismail Sheikh, Darryll J. Pines Navigation Using X-Ray Sources Physical
2003 Ashok K. Agrawala Horus: An RF-Based Location Determination System Information
2002 Balakumar Balachandran, Miao Yu, Moustafa Al-Bassyioumi Fiber Tip-Based Fiber Optic Sensor System Physical
2002 Peter Sandorn, Pameet Singh Mitigation of Obsolescence Cost Analysis (MOCA) Information
2001 Peter Kofinas, Steven Bullock, Sufi Ahmed Controlled Room Temperature Synthesis of Polymer-Templated Magnetic Nanoparticles Physical
2000 Ashok K. Agrawala4 PinPoint Technology: Locating and Synchronizing Mobile Wireless Nodes Information
1999 Aristos Christou5 PLZT Spatial Phase Modulator Physical
1999 Christopher Davis Polarization and Wavelength Diversity for Fade Resistance in Optical Wireless Communication Systems Information
1998 Nariman Farvardin6 Method and Apparatus for Compressing and Decompressing Images Information
1997 James Hendler7 Parka-DB™ Physical
1996 Kawthar A. Zaki Rilter Realizations Using New Transmission Media Physical
1996 Mohammad Moddares8 Software-Based Expert System for Assessing and Monitoring of Nuclear Power Plants Information
1995 James Sirkis, Harmeet Singh Fiber Optic Three Strain Sensor Physical
1994 John Baras, Aaron Falk, Timothy Kirkwood, Brian Johnson, Anthony Ephremides9 A System Design for a Hybrid Network Data Communications Terminal Using Asymmetric TCP/IP to Support Internet Applications Physical
1994 Ben Shneiderman10 University of Maryland Widget Library™ Information
1987 Ben Shneiderman11 Touch Screen Finger Mouse None
(single award)

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

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

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

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

5 Also awarded: Maria Linnik

6 Also awarded: Eiji Atsumi

7 Also awarded: Killian Stoffel, Merwyn Taylor

8 Also awarded: Seyed Mohammad Hadavi

9 Also awarded: Danield Friedman, Narin Suphasindhu, Douglas Dillon

10 Also awarded: Richard Chimera, Marko Teittinen, Ninad Jog, David Carr, Harsha Kumar

11 Also awarded: Richard Potter