Thomas A. Edison Patent Award
The Thomas A. Edison Patent Award, established in 1997, recognizes creativity of a patented device or process that has the potential of significantly enhancing some aspect of mechanical engineering.
Nominations for this award are expected to demonstrate the significant impact of the nominee'/s invention to the practice of mechanical engineering or the significant impact that the invention had on at least one industrial/commercial sector. Such an impact might include: (a) creating a new business or industry, (b) substantially improving the efficiency, method of operation, or productivity of an existing machine or process, (c) dramatically reducing the size, weight, or energy requirements of an existing machine or device, (d) improving the quality of life for a definable segment, or all, of humanity, and (e) financially impacting an existing business or industry.
The nomination should focus on a single patent rather than the inventor'/s entire body of work.
|Form of Award:||A $1000 honorarium, a plaque, a certificate, and a travel supplement not to exceed $750|
|Limitation(s):||The patent must have been registered in the U.S.|
|Administrative Responsibility:||Design Engineering Division|
|Nomination Deadline:||February 1|
|Nomination Sent To:||Thomas A. Edison Patent Award Committee|
|Committee Chair:||J.R. Mountain|
|Awarded By:||Committee on Honors (COH)|
THOMAS A. EDISON PATENT AWARD RECIPIENTS
|2000||Herman H. Viegas|
|2001||Alexander M. Gorlov|
|2003||John N. Basic, Sr.|
|2004||Faydor L. Litvin|
|2006||Charles A. Garris|
|2007||Norman R. McCombs|
|2008||Kyriacos A. Athanasiou|
|2009||Alex J. Severensky|