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MSU honors university inventors with National Academy of Inventors membership

September 11, 2014 -- MSU News Service

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BOZEMAN - Nearly 100 Montana State University faculty members and students and 28 local companies were honored for their creativity with induction into the National Academy of Inventors in ceremonies held at MSU today.

“MSU has a strong tradition of giving back to Montana and to the whole world,” Montana Gov. Steve Bullock told the audience. He said the inventions born at MSU are “moving Montana’s commerce forward into the 21st century.”

Keynote speaker Renee Reijo Pera, MSU’s vice president for research and economic development as well as an internationally recognized stem cell scientist who is regarded as one of the world’s authorities on embryonic stem cells, said “University research makes a difference in the world.”

She told the honorees her own story of growing up in a small town in Wisconsin to her unlikely rise in the field of genetics. She likened how becoming a researcher improved her own life to how research improves the lives of the university and its community, both intellectually and financially.

“And the path begins with an idea,” she said.

Reijo Pera, who has been at MSU for seven months, said she is optimistic about continued success for MSU research funding for a variety of reasons, beginning with the fact that 39.5 percent of MSU research applications are funded, which is twice the national average.

Other positive indicators include the diversity of MSU’s research portfolio and the competitiveness of MSU faculty.

Reijo Pera said her vision is that MSU would be the number one research university in the Rocky Mountain region, which she believes is possible for a variety of reasons. Those include MSU’s enviable geography, fundability of MSU faculty, and a good financial base in the community and surrounding area.

Reijo Pera said MSU needs to submit more applications, target more top peer journals and fully engage the surrounding business community.

Anne Camper, a Montana University System Regents Professor in MSU’s College of Engineering, was honored during the luncheon for her selection as one of just 143 scientists nationally inducted as a NAI Fellow. Camper, who is principal investigator or co-principal investigator on more than 75 grants related to drinking water treatment or distribution, was inducted into the select group by Deputy U.S. Commissioner for Patents Andy Faile in ceremonies held in Alexandria, Va., last March. Camper is MSU’s first NAI Fellow.

John Jutila and Robert Swenson, both former MSU vice presidents for research, received honorary membership in NAI for laying the foundation for MSU’s research excellence.

“These men’s efforts to establish a strong research and development program at MSU provided the base that ultimately led to our university’s induction into the NAI,” said MSU President Waded Cruzado.

Calling the gathering a “Who’s Who event at Montana State University,” Cruzado told the inductees that their tireless and quiet work had resulted in inventions that have improved the quality of life of every person in Montana.

“Our lives have been touched in some way -- and improved upon – by the inventions and creativity of the people sitting in this room,” Cruzado said. “And that is something to be celebrated.”

The National Academy of Inventors was established to honor academic invention; recognize and encourage inventors; enhance the visibility of university technology and innovation; encourage the disclosure of intellectual property; educate and mentor innovative students; and translate the inventions of its members to benefit society.  MSU inventors named on issued patents and Plant Variety Protection Certificates were honored at the ceremony.

Those honored included:

John R. Amend, Recep Avci, William R. Babbitt, Robert Bargatze, James P. Becker, Jerald W. Bergman, Thomas K. Blake, Nancy Blake, M.S.  Jason Brasseur, Phillip L. Bruckner, David K. Butler, Anne K. Camper, John L. Carlsten, Tiejun Chang, Mary J. Cloninger, Zachary Cole,

Rufus L. Cone, Jim E. Cutler, Bryn Daisy, B.S.  Dave Davies, David L. Dickensheets, Trevor Douglas, Edward A. Dratz, Florence V. Dunkel, Randy W. Equall, Eugene Ford, Victor Gerez, Michael J. Giroux, Pati Glee, Bruce L. Granger, Bill Grey, Paul A. Grieco, Yongmoon Han, Emilie Hansen, M.S.  John HantonTodd L. Harris, Joan M. Henson, Ronald S. Herbst, Phillip A. Himmer, David S. Hoffman, Barry J. Jacobsen, Duane Johnson, Mark A. Jutila, Dmitri Kazmin, Konduru Krishnamurthy, Brock J. LaMeres, Susan Lanning, B.S.  Randy Larimer, M.S.  Eric T. Larson, Rebecca L. Larson, Harley A. Leach, B.S.  Tom Livinghouse, Ruschelle Love, M.S.  Robert C. Maher, Daniel N. March, Frank P. McCandless, Gordon A. McFeters, Bruce R. McLeod, Vince R. Miller, Wataru Nakagawa, 

Neda Nategh,  Walt Newman,  Aiyappa Palecanda,  Mark K. Petersen,  Barry H. Pyle,  Aleksander Rebane,  Randy R. Reibel,  Renee Reijo Pera,  Kevin S. Repasky,  Marcia H. Riesselman, B.S. Krishna M. Rupavatharam,  David C. Sands,  Joseph A. Shaw,  Steven R. Shaw,  Kathy B. Sheehan, B.S. John E. Sherwood,  Maarten Siebel,  David J. Singel,  Charles W. Spangler,  Lee H. Spangler,  Brenda D. Spangler,  Bettie C. Stanislao,  Jean R. Starkey,  Andrea A. Stierle,  Gary A. Strobel,  Andrew Sullivan, B.S. Yongchen Sun,  Luther Talbert,  Baldev Thapar,  Charles W. Thiel,  Kurt A. Toenjes,  Guangming Wang,  David K. Weaver,  Theodore W. Weaver, III,  James Welsh,  Richard S. Wolff,  Mark J. Young and Nina K. Zidack.

Businesses that have spun-off from MSU technologies that were recognized as honorary corporate members were:

406 Aerospace,  ADvR, Inc., Autopilot, Inc., Bacterin International, Inc., Big Sky Statistical Analysis,  BioRobotics,  Biosurface Technologies Corporation, Bridger Photonics, Inc., Endophytics, Gray Matter Research,  Integrated Engineering Software, Inc., Life Resonances, Inc., Microlab, Inc., Montana BioAgriculture, Inc., Montana Gluten Free Processors,  Montana Molecular,  NWB Sensors, Inc., Project WET Foundation, Resonon, Inc., S2 Corporation, Safflower Technologies International, Scientific Materials Corporation, SensoPath Technologies, Inc., Space Weather Integrated Flare Forecasting,  Sustainable Bioproducts, Takeda Vaccines Montana, Inc., Western Feedstock Technologies, Inc.  

Rebecca W. Mahurin, 406-994-7868,

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