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Faculty Members, Student Win All Three 2012 Innovator of the Year Awards

To support entrepreneurial activity among Ohio State researchers, OSU presents three annual university-wide awards recognizing research creativity and commercialization: Innovator of the Year, Early Career Innovator of the Year, and Student Innovator of the Year. With great respect for all of our amazing faculty, the William G. Lowrie Department of Chemical and Biomolecular Engineering is proud to announce that this year, the CBE received all three awards! In the history of the award to date, a single college has never before been the recipient of all three awards, let alone a single department.

Following this morning's State of Research Address, Vice President for Research Dr. Carolyn Whitacre highlighted some of Dr. L.S. Fan's transformational work and accomplishments in pronouncing him the Innovator of the Year. Qussai Marashdeh, who works with Dr. Fan, received the Student Innovator of the Year Award, and Dr. Jessica Winter was recognized with the Early Career Innovator of the Year Award for her work in nanoparticles and biomedical imaging. These chemical engineers are working hard to produce more efficient, economical, and sustainable energy and healthcare technology that can play a significant role in supporting the economy and improving the quality of life for others.

We celebrate the accomplishments of recipients Qussai Marashdeh (Student Innovator of the Year), Dr. Jessica Winter (Early Career Innovator of the Year), and Dr. L.S. Fan (Innovator of the Year) and look forward to future contributions from them, as well as other faculty members working towards similar goals.

For more details on these exciting awards, visit the Office of Research page at

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