Invention of the Year Awards

Each year, OTC hosts the Invention of the Year Reception to honor inventors and inventions from the previous year. Below is listed highlights from recent years.

UMD Golf Course2013 Reception (for 2012 Inventions)

The University of Maryland’s Office of Technology Commercialization (OTC) hosted the 26th Annual Invention of the Year Awards on Tuesday, April 16, 2013 from 4:30-6:00 pm at the University of Maryland Golf Course Club House (pictured).

Information Science Category Winner:

  • Time-Reversal Division Multiple Access for Wireless Broadband Communications
    Feng Han, Yu-Han Yang, Beibei Wang, Yongle Wu and K. J. Ray Liu


Life Science Category Winner:

  • A Method for Early Diagnosis of Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis (ALS)
    Eva Chin and Dapeng Chen

Physical Science Category Winner:

  • A Method for Rapid, Inexpensive Prototyping of Microfluidic Devices
    Omid Rahmanian, Donald DeVoe

Press Release:

UMD Recognizes Most Promising Innovations at Invention of the Year Awards


2011 Reception2011 Reception (for 2010 Inventions)

Press Release: University of Maryland Names Its Four Best Inventions of 2010


  • Active Sensing for Dynamic Spectrum Access
    by Nathan Goergen, Wan-Yi Lin, and K. J. Ray Liu
  • Molecular Container to Enhance Solubility of Drugs
    by Lyle Isaacs, Da Ma, Volker Briken, Gaya Hettiarachchi, and Duc Nguyen
  • Targeted Carriers for Drug Delivery across the Gastrointestinal Epithelium
    by Silvia Muro-Galindo and Rasa Ghaffarian
  • Thermoelastic Cooling
    by Ichiro Takeuchi, Jun Cui, Manfred Wuttig and Yiming Wu

Prior to 2011

Past winners of Invention of the Year Awards include:

  • Real Time Sound Field Camera and an Image Transfer from a System of Video Cameras and Sound Field Cameras, which has led to the successful start-up VisiSonics Corporation
  • Enzyme Systems for Saccharification of Plant Cell Wall Polysaccharides by a Marine Bacterium to Release Fermentable Sugars, later developed into University start-up Zymetis, Inc.
  • 2008 Life science winner “Nano-Velcro”: A New Biomaterial for Improved Hemorrhage Control, currently being developed into a biodegradable sponge and spray-on bandage by start-up Remedium Technologies.


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