Fifth Annual Inventorship Showcase Celebrated LSU’s Marketplace of Ideas

Group photo from LSU 2019 Inventorship Showcase

LSU Office of Innovation & Technology Commercialization recognized LSU faculty who have received patents and national recognition for their innovative work at the fifth annual Inventorship Showcase.  Photo Credit: LSU.

BATON ROUGE – LSU Office of Innovation & Technology Commercialization recognized faculty inventors, new patents and the spirit of innovation at the fifth annual Inventorship Showcase last night.

“At LSU, we create new knowledge and ideas for the benefit of society. The inventiveness and creativity amongst our faculty and their students are second to none,” said Andy Maas, director of the LSU Office of Innovation & Technology Commercialization.

Maas introduced 12 new patents developed by LSU researchers between July 1, 2017 and June 30, 2018. Among those presented was a novel, cost-efficient platform that can detect small, airborne pollutants developed by LSU Boyd Professor Isiah Warner and colleagues. Another patent presented was a new surgical instrument that can be used in ACL reconstruction developed by LSU Professor and Director of the Laboratory for Equine and Comparative Orthopedic Research Mandi Lopez. Lopez thought of the design of this new instrument while fixing her daughter’s hair with a barrette that works similarly.

“Thank you for your contributions to the marketplace of ideas,” said LSU Provost Stacia Haynie at the event held at the Lod Cook Alumni Center.

Excellence in Innovation awards also were given to:

  • Roger Laine, professor of biochemistry and molecular biology in the LSU Department of Biological Sciences and LSU Department of Chemistry, who was elected as a National Academy of Inventors fellow this year.
  • Guoqiang Li, the Major Morris S. & DeEtte A. Anderson Memorial LSU Alumni Professor of Mechanical Engineering, who has five patents and has developed a spin-off company called Louisiana Multi-functional Materials Group, LLC.
  • Ralph Portier, emeritus faculty and Distinguished Professor of Environmental Sciences in the LSU College of the Coast & Environment, who has eight patents stemming from his research on using microorganisms to detoxify contaminated soil and sediments.
  • Les Butler, professor of inorganic and materials science in the LSU College of Science, and Kyungmin Ham, LSU assistant professor at the Center for Advanced Microstructures and Devices, whose high resolution imaging technology is partially derived from research conducted at LIGO Livingston and may be applied to the aerospace industry.

National Academy of Inventors Senior Members Shafiqul Chowdhury, Michael Khonsari and Dandina Rao were recognized as well as LSU Office of Innovation & Technology Commercialization Associate Director Robert Brown, who received the Association of Technology Managers Volunteer Service Award this year.


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