2014 Innovation Award Series—Gutmark Receives Lifetime Achievement Award for Innovation

By: Ashley Duvelius

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UPDATE: The 2014 Business Courier Innovation Awards were a major success as industry and community members alike gathered on April 10, 2014 to recognize not only the finalists and innovation winners but also the newest achievements across the Tri-State region.
Nikki Kingery, Business Courier Associate Editor, explains, “The program honors businesses making significant strides in the areas of bioscience, engineering, information technology and marketing, as well as emerging companies that show the potential for growth. We also honor what we call Pacesetters—organizations and individuals whose innovative contributions have changed their industry or our community.”
One such game-changing individual is Ephraim Gutmark, PhD and Distinguished Professor of Aerospace Engineering and CEAS Professor of Otolaryngology. Gutmark was honored with the Lifetime Achievement Award for Innovation for his novel research and development of innovative fluid engineering applications spanning over 30 years.
It’s individuals like Gutmark and other UC CEAS faculty who will continue to lead the region in innovation.
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Ephraim Gutmark will receive the Lifetime Achievement Award for Innovation at the 2014 Business Courier Innovation Awards on Thursday, April 10th.

Ephraim Gutmark, PhD and Professor of Aerospace Engineering and Otolaryngology

Ephraim Gutmark, PhD and Professor of Aerospace Engineering and Otolaryngology

Ephraim Gutmark, PhD and Distinguished Professor of Aerospace Engineering and Professor of Otolaryngology at the UC College of Engineering and Applied Science (CEAS), will receive the Lifetime Achievement Award for Innovation at the 2014 Business Courier Innovation Awards on Thursday, April 10th for his research and development of innovative fluid engineering applications.

For over 30 years, Gutmark has made outstanding contributions to his field. His novel research and development of innovative fluid engineering applications have impacted diverse technical areas including stable and clean combustion, quiet aircraft engines, improved missile propulsion systems, aerodynamic flight control, turbomachinery for power generation, automotive turbochargers and new actuators.

Gutmark joined UC in 2000 and has been instrumental in generating over 30 new research projects in a range of multidisciplinary topics with a budget of over $27 million. He’s garnered several awards for his various research efforts including: the 2013 ASME Fluids Engineering Lifetime Achievement Award; the AIAA Aerospace Sciences Meeting Best Paper Award for his work, “Plasma Dynamics and Lasers”; the 2013 ASME Fluid Engineering Lifetime Achievement Award; and the American Physical Society (APS) Fellowship.

Gutmark received his bachelor’s, master’s and doctoral degrees in Aerospace and Aeronautical Engineering from the Technion-Israel Institute of Technology in Haifa, Israel. He has experience working in industry, government and academe. Prior to joining UC, he was a chaired Professor of Mechanical Engineering and the Chairman of the Mechanical Engineering Department at Louisiana State University from 1995 to 2000. He joined the faculty at LSU after working as a Senior Research Scientist at the Naval Air Warfare Center in California where he developed a national program on flow and combustion control.

Also being honored at the 2014 Business Courier Awards are:

A&B Sensor Technologies, founded in 2009 by Anastasios Angelopoulos (PhD and CEAS Department of Biomedical, Chemical, and Environmental Engineering associate professor) and Dr. Jonathan Bernstein (MD and College of Medicine Internal Medicine and Immunology professor), brings unique catalyst-based optical sensing devices to the market. In particular, the researchers have developed a non-invasive breath analysis method of measuring blood-glucose in diabetics.  For this novel device, A&B Sensor Technologies has been named a finalist in the 2014 Business Courier Innovation Awards.

CEAS spin-off company, General Nano LLC, has been named a finalist of the 2014 Business Courier Innovation Awards. The young company, which manufactures nanoscale materials for aerospace and defense applications, licenses inventions from UC. General Nano previously won the Engineering Innovation Award at the 2013 Business Courier Innovation Awards.

Also nominated for recognition were:

 Effuelent, a waste-to-energy company founded by University of Cincinnati students, was named as a 2014 Business Courier Innovation Awards nominee for UC’s novel Waste Grease Extraction process.

Andrew J. Steckl (PhD and professor in the UC CEAS Department of Electrical Engineering and Computing Systems) and Giovanni Pauletti (PhD and associate professor at the UC James L. Winkle College of Pharmacy) recently prototyped a low-cost, paper-based microfluidics diagnostic device which will allow patients to adequately self-monitor their oral anticoagulation therapy. For their prototype POC diagnostic testing device, Steckl and Pauletti each earned a nomination in the 2014 Business Courier Innovation Awards.

Ian Papautsky, PhD and associate professor in the CEAS Department of Electrical Engineering and Computer Systems, heads a team of University of Cincinnati researchers who have developed a portable sensor that measures metal levels in humans. His efforts as principal investigator of the project earned him a nomination in this year’s Business Courier Innovation Awards.

The Innovation Awards celebrate innovative people and companies “that show how new ideas can be developed into fuel for the Tri-State’s economic engine.” The program is presented by the Business Courier and community partner CincyTech. Sponsors of the award include: UC College of Engineering and Applied Science; Frost Brown Todd LLC; and SS&G.

Winners will be announced at the event on April 10, 2014 and will be featured in the April 11th Business Courier.

For more information about the UC College of Engineering and Applied Science, please visit: http://ceas.uc.edu

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