Alexandria, VA (October 19, 2006) -- A new way of forecasting the weather has earned the top honor in the Collegiate Inventors Competition, an annual program of the National Inventors Hall of Fame Foundation. Matthew Haugland of the University of Oklahoma conducted research based on weather observations in microclimates to create his method. He was announced as the grand prize winner of the Competition, receiving a $25,000 prize.
This year's winners also include Craig Hashi and YiQian Zhu of the University of California, Berkeley in the graduate category for their tissue-engineered vascular graft, and Fan Yang of Johns Hopkins University in the undergraduate category for her work with anti-adherent compounds for contact lenses. Hashi and Zhu receive a $15,000 prize, and Yang receives a $10,000 prize. The 2006 Competition is sponsored by the Abbott Fund and the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office.
This year's winners were announced during a Thursday evening awards ceremony at the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office. They were recognized for their cutting edge achievements, along with the other finalists in the competition, in front of an audience of National Inventors Hall of Fame inductees, technology leaders, and educators. Students' advisors are also recognized with a $3,000 prize.
Marcian (Ted) Hoff, a final phase judge and an inductee in the National Inventors Hall of Fame for his invention of the microprocessor, said, "We're impressed by the high caliber student inventions that we reviewed, and we look forward to seeing these inventions put to use in the near future. I know that all the judges join me in congratulating all of the students for their innovative work."
Eleven finalists endured rigorous scrutiny during an initial evaluation process that judged their entries on the originality of the idea, process or technology, and the potential value and usefulness of their invention to society. The finalists presente
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