CENTER VALLEY, Pa., March 24 /PRNewswire/ -- Olympus, a precision
technology leader creating innovative opto-digital solutions in healthcare,
life science and consumer electronics products, today announced the 2008
winners in the Olympus Innovation Award Program: Tom Byers, Ph.D. and Tina
Seelig, Ph.D., Stanford University; David F. Barbe, Ph.D., University of
Maryland; and Martina Musteen, Ph.D., San Diego State University. The
Program recognizes individuals who have fostered and demonstrated
innovative thinking in education. The winners received their awards at the
12th Annual Meeting of the National Collegiate Inventors and Innovators
Alliance (NCIIA), Olympus' partner in conducting the program.
"At Olympus, we understand the value and power of innovation, since it
is at the core of every new technology we pioneer," stated F. Mark Gumz,
president and chief operating officer of Olympus America Inc. "We are proud
of the continuing success of the Innovation Awards as they recognize
innovation in U.S. academia, which will foster the next generation of
"Every year, we are amazed at how the programs and innovators that
comprise the award candidates continue to get stronger," said NCIIA
executive director Phil Weilerstein. "We had an excellent selection of
candidates this year, and the winners had unique programs that demonstrated
the tremendous impact they had on their students and universities, as well
as their academic peers."
Stanford professors Tom Byers and Tina Seelig, co-founders of the
Stanford Technology Ventures Program (STVP), which encourages top
engineering and science schools worldwide to include entrepreneurship as
part of their curricula, won the Olympus Innovation Award. This award
recognizes faculty who foster an environment of innovative thinking among
students through inventive teaching methods and hands-on opportunities. At
STVP, Byers and Seelig also develop and offer courses, conferences,
internships and research activities.
Martina Musteen, assistant professor at the College of Business
Administration at San Diego State University, received the Olympus Emerging
Educational Leader Award. This award recognizes an individual who has
inspired innovative thinking in students in a discrete area and who, the
judges believe, has the potential to make even greater contributions to the
field in the future. Musteen was also recognized for giving students the
opportunity to work with international entrepreneurial companies to expand
their global market opportunities.
David Barbe, professor of electrical and computer engineering at the
University of Maryland and executive director of the Maryland Technology
Enterprise Institute (MTECH), won the Olympus Lifetime of Educational
Innovation Award. This award recognizes faculty members who have
demonstrated a sustained contribution throughout their careers to
stimulating and inspiring innovative thinking in students in their own
universities and throughout academia. Barbe has a proven record of
leadership in creating one of the leading innovative technology
entrepreneurship cultures at a U.S. university, through successful programs
such as the university's Hinman CEOs program and its Technology Startup
boot camp, both of which have become models that are replicated nationwide,
as well as through the Maryland Industrial Partnerships (MIPS) program.
The Olympus Innovation Award Program, now in its fourth year,
represents Olympus' ongoing commitment to technological innovation and
education. For more information on the Innovation Award Program, as well as
photos from the award ceremony, please visit www.olympuspresspass.com,
contact the NCIIA at firstname.lastname@example.org, or visit www.nciia.org.
Olympus is a precision technology leader, creating innovative
opto-digital solutions in healthcare, life science and consumer electronics
Olympus works collaboratively with its customers and its affiliates
worldwide to leverage R&D investment in precision technology and
manufacturing processes across diverse business lines.
-- Gastrointestinal endoscopes, accessories, and minimally invasive
-- Advanced clinical and research microscopes;
-- Lab automation systems, chemistry-immuno and blood bank analyzers and
-- Digital cameras and voice recorders.
Olympus serves healthcare and commercial laboratory markets with
integrated product solutions and financial, educational and consulting
services that help customers to efficiently, reliably and more easily
achieve exceptional results. Olympus develops breakthrough technologies
with revolutionary product design and functionality for the consumer and
professional photography markets, and also is the leader in
gastrointestinal endoscopy and clinical and educational microscopes. For
more information, visit www.olympusamerica.com.
The NCIIA was established in 1995 with support from The Lemelson
Foundation. Its mission is to foster invention, innovation, and
entrepreneurship in higher education -- components of the higher education
curriculum that are vital to the nation's economic future.
The NCIIA accomplishes its goals by supporting curricula and programs
that encourage the development and the work of E-Teams -- multidisciplinary
teams of students, faculty, and industry mentors working together to take
an idea for a technological innovation and bring it through prototype
development to commercialization. The "E" stands for excellence and