Clark School Innovators Honored with Invention of the Year Award Nominations
From clean energy and better batteries to advances in human health and human–computer interaction, the Clark School’s 2021 Invention of the Year award nominees span the range of engineering research and entrepreneurship. Among the University of Maryland’s nine nominees this year, four are led by or include Clark School researchers.
Each year since 1987, UMD honors exceptional inventions that have the potential to make a transformative impact on science, society, and the free market. Invention of the Year award finalists are selected from prior year invention disclosures.
“What happens at the Clark School helps the world. We believe in engineering as a public service, and are proud that our faculty and student inventors fulfill that service by improving people’s lives,” said Robert Briber, interim dean of the Clark School. “Next-generation remote monitoring of cardiovascular health; alternative energy sources that are safe, cost-effective, and environmentally friendly; and helping computers understand how you feel—that’s the work of Maryland engineers.”
This year’s winners will be announced April 21 at the Innovate Maryland event, which is part of UMD President Darryll Pines’ Inauguration Week activities.
The Clark School’s 2021 Invention of the Year award nominees are:
Membrane Reactor for Natural Gas Conversion to High-Quality Fuels
With virtually zero CO2 emissions, this innovative natural gas conversion system has potential applications for power storage and generation, chemical manufacturing and application, and more.
Novel Devices to Unobtrusively Determine Cardiovascular Function
This innovative new method would allow for unobtrusive determination and trend tracking of cardiovascular parameters; with further development, it may be useful for remote, continuous monitoring of patients outside of hospital settings.
Reversible Chemistry in Graphite Cathode for Safe, High-Energy Batteries
With potential applications for electric cars, wearable devices, and other energy storage needs, this innovation offers an energy-dense battery that is safe, flexible, and cost effective.
Using Artificial Intelligence to Recognize Emotion
With potential applications for advertising, gaming and entertainment, and more, this invention—an emotion recognition algorithm—uses three different factors (face, speech, and text) to accurately determine human emotions.
April 19, 2021