According to 2009 Olympus Award winner Andy Hargadon, innovation becomes meaningful only when there is a network that can take that great idea and turn it into an invention that matters.
The UC Davis professor, who won the Emerging Educational Leader Award and is director of both the Center for Entrepreneurship and the Energy Efficiency Center at Davis, recently talked 'innovation' with Forbes Magazine.
Last week they won the second place award (and $2,500) at NCIIA's BMEidea biomedical engineering competition in New York. A couple of days later, the University of Cincinnati's SurgiSIL team picked up third place and another $5,000 at the ASME Innovation Showcase, held in Palm Desert, CA.
The winners were:
1st place ($10,000) - Rice University's PRIME team
2nd place ($7,000) - MIT's Solar ORC team
3rd place ($5,000) - University of Cincinnati's SurgiSIL team.