Today Professor Peter Burke was honored with a faculty innovator award. The Innovators Award is presented each year to an individual or team of faculty and/or researchers who best demonstrate innovation in the development of a product and/or technology originating from the UCI research enterprise. Innovation is defined as the act, process or product that creates a new dimension of performance. This award recognizes the achievements of an individual or team whose innovation has successfully translated the research emanating from our laboratories into new products and/or technologies that can be used by the public at large.
“I am honored to be recognized for my efforts in innovation and entrepreneurship”, said Burke. “I hope to continue my effort with my students and lab to develop new technologies that impact peoples lives in a meaningful way.”
The Innovator of the Year award is intended to recognize a UCI HSSoE researcher who is working actively to promote commercialization of university intellectual property. The innovation can be characterized through a number of venues. These include the translation or application of research outcomes into a product, design or process that exhibits technological novelty. It can also include contribution to invention disclosures filed, patents applied for and/or received, technologies licensed, or spinoff companies formed.