CENTER VALLEY, Pa., Sept. 18 /PRNewswire/ -- Olympus, a precision
technology leader, designing and delivering imaging solutions in
healthcare, life science and photography, today announced the Olympus
Innovation Award Program for 2007. The national program, offered by Olympus
in partnership with the National Collegiate Inventors and Innovators
Alliance (NCIIA), recognizes individuals who have fostered or demonstrated
innovative thinking in higher education.
The awards will be given to faculty nominees chosen from among the
nearly 200 member institutions of the NCIIA, a national alliance of
colleges and universities fostering invention, innovation and
entrepreneurship in U.S. higher education. Olympus will present the awards
at the NCIIA's 11th Annual Meeting in Tampa, Fla., on March 22, 2007.
"Innovation has been and increasingly will continue to be key for
business success in the ever more interconnected global marketplace,"
stated F. Mark Gumz, president and chief operating officer of Olympus
America Inc. "At Olympus, we understand the power of encouraging and
rewarding curiosity to promote innovative thinking. Our awards program with
the NCIIA is designed to recognize innovation in U.S. academia, which will
foster the next generation of business leaders."
The Olympus Innovation Award program, now in its third year, represents
Olympus' ongoing commitment to technological innovation and education. The
program includes three awards: the Olympus Innovation Award, the Olympus
Lifetime of Educational Innovation Award and the Olympus Emerging
Educational Leader Award. Each winner will receive a cash prize and a
The Olympus Innovation Award recognizes a faculty member who fosters an
environment of innovative thinking among students through inventive
teaching methods and hands-on educational opportunities. Nominations will
demonstrate how the nominees' methods and philosophies have inspired
students, and will detail the resulting student innovations. The winner
will receive a $10,000 award.
The Olympus Lifetime of Educational Innovation Award recognizes a
faculty member who has demonstrated a sustained contribution throughout his
or her career to stimulating and inspiring innovative thinking in students
at the home university and throughout academia. The winner will receive a
The Olympus Emerging Educational Leader Award, whose winner will
receive a $1,000 prize, 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.
"Since its inception, the Olympus Innovation Award program has
recognized excellence in teaching methods and curricula that foster
innovative thinking, and has drawn a strong group of nominees," said Phil
Weilerstein, executive director, NCIIA. "We are pleased to continue our
partnership with Olympus and look forward to receiving nominations for
Judges for all three awards will include John Ochs, professor of
mechanical engineering, Lehigh University and winner of the 2006 Olympus
Innovation Award; George E. Steares, vice president emeritus, Scientific
Equipment Group, Olympus America(1); Phil Weilerstein; Dr. Abigail Barrow,
founding director, Massachusetts Technology Transfer Center; and Dr. Arthur
A. Boni, deputy director and John R. Thorne, professor, Donald H. Jones
Center for Entrepreneurship, Carnegie Mellon University as well as an
additional distinguished member from among the NCIIA membership.
Olympus and the NCIIA are soliciting nominations for the awards
beginning immediately. Students, faculty, and others at NCIIA institutions
of higher learning in the U.S. may nominate qualified educators by logging
in at http://www.nciia.org/login until November 16, 2006. For more
information about the Olympus Innovation Award, contact the NCIIA at
firstname.lastname@example.org, or visit http://www.nciia.org.
Olympus is a precision technology leader, designing and delivering
imaging solutions in healthcare, life science and photography.
Olympus works collaboratively with its customers and its parent
company, Tokyo-based Olympus Corporation, to leverage R&D investment in
precision technology and manufacturing processes across diverse business
* Gastrointestinal endoscopes, accessories, and minimally invasive
* Advanced clinical and research microscopes;
* Lab automation systems, chemistry-immuno and blood bank analyzers and
* Digital and film cameras and digital voice recorders.
In the U.S. and Canada, Olympus serves healthcare and commercial
laboratory markets with integrated product solutions and financial,
educational and consulting services that help customers efficiently,
reliably, safely, and easily achieve superior results. Olympus is the
leader in gastrointestinal endoscopy and clinical and educational
microscopes. The company's consumer products business spans North and South
America. For more information, visit http://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 entrepreneurship.
(1) Effective April 1, 2006, the Scientific Equipment Group has been part
of Olympus America's new Life Science Group, which also includes the
Diagnostic Systems Group and the Life Science Business Development