CEAS Proudly Sponsors 2015 Innovation & Technology Awards

By: Ashley Duvelius

CEAS was a proud sponsor of the Cincinnati Business Courier’s fifth annual Innovation & Technology Awards, recognizing businesses and individuals that have helped fuel the region's economy through new ideas and approaches.

All of the individuals and companies representing the winners of the Innovation and Technology Awards.

All of the individuals and companies representing the winners of the Innovation and Technology Awards.

The UC College of Engineering and Applied Science was proud to sponsor, along with Wood Herron & Evans LLP, the Cincinnati Business Courier’s fifth annual Innovation & Technology Awards. Award winners were recognized at a ceremony held Tuesday night at historic Memorial Hall, 1225 Elm St.

The night began with a reception in the Green and Gold rooms as guests networked and discussed their shared interests: technology and innovation. Afterwards, attendees gathered in the auditorium for the award ceremony which kicked off with a few words from the emcee, Jamie Smith, Cincinnati Business Courier Publisher.

Smith said, “The Cincinnati region is teeming with innovation and entrepreneurialism-- qualities that are critical to the health and well-being of the region.  The Innovation Awards were born out of our desire to recognize, support and celebrate innovation in our region. This year, we added a few new technology categories to recognize our best local tech companies and entrepreneurs.”

CEAS Dean Teik C. Lim, PhD, PE, Fellow (ASME, SAE), was opening presenter and announced several of the award winners. Dean Lim reflected, “As we position ourselves to be the Urban Research College, I feel that it is natural for CEAS to be here to recognize the outstanding achievements of local startups, entrepreneurs and lifetime successes in innovative fields.

Our college is already the destination for engineering excellence and with your help, we are embarking on our next goal—to become the center for entrepreneurship and commercialization. CEAS will encompass all aspects of the product lifecycle, from inception, to engineering design to enterprise. We won’t just take you from concept to reality—we’ll show you how WE ENGINEER BETTER™.”

Rick Hensley of Messer Construction, left, and Robert Nichols of Appica, right, accept CIO of the Year awards from Dean Lim.

Rick Hensley of Messer Construction, left, and Robert Nichols of Appica, right, accept CIO of the Year awards from Dean Lim.

CEAS was well represented at the event, with honored guests including: Philip Taylor, Assistant Vice President of UC Research; Geoffrey Pinski, University of Cincinnati Research Institute (UCRI) Director of Technology Transfer; Steven Buchberger, PhD and Head of CEAS Department of Civil and Architectural Engineering and Construction Management; Jay Kim, PhD and Head of CEAS Department of Mechanical and Materials Engineering; Paul Orkwis, PhD and Head of CEAS Department of Aerospace Engineering and Engineering Mechanics; Oxana Prokhorova, CEAS Director of Global Engagement; George Sorial, PhD and Head of CEAS Department of Biomedical, Chemical, and Environmental Engineering; Andrew Steckl, PhD, professor in CEAS Department of Electrical Engineering and Computing Systems; and Dean Lim’s wife, Gina Lim, RN.

Every year, the Business Courier Innovation & Technology Awards honor businesses and individuals that have helped fuel the region's economy through new ideas and approaches. Categories were expanded this year from five to ten, and the nominations were judged by the Circuit, an IT association supporting the Greater Cincinnati area.

The fifteen award winners are:

CTO/CIO of the YearRick Hensley, CIO and vice president of Messer Construction Co., and Robert Nichols, CIO of Appica.

Best Device/ApplicationMedaCheck LLC

Best IT ServicesPomeroy

Best Software ProductAhalogy

Most Promising StartupLisnr

Outstanding Marketing InnovationAssurex Health (large company) and Ahalogy (small company)

Outstanding Advanced EngineeringPolymet Corp. (large company) and AMP Electric Vehicles (small company)

Outstanding Bioscience– Assurex Health (large company) and Airway Therapeutics (small company)

Tech Company of the YearVora Ventures and Assurex Health

Tech Team of the YearZimcom

UC & UC CEAS representatives at the event.

UC & UC CEAS representatives at the event.

For a complete list of award finalists, please visit: http://www.bizjournals.com/cincinnati/blog/2015/03/here-are-finalists-for-the-2015-innovation.html 

For more information about the Innovation & Technology Awards, and for more event photos, please visit: http://www.bizjournals.com/cincinnati/blog/2015/04/see-the-best-photos-from-the-2015-innovation-and.html