CENTER VALLEY, Pa., Sept. 20 /PRNewswire/ -- Olympus, a precision
technology leader creating innovative opto-digital solutions in healthcare,
life science and consumer electronics products, today announced the Olympus
Innovation Award Program for 2008. The national program, executed by
Olympus in partnership with the National Collegiate Inventors and
Innovators Alliance (NCIIA), recognizes individuals who have fostered or
demonstrated innovative thinking in education.
The awards will be given to faculty nominees chosen from among the
nearly 200 member institutions of 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 12th
Annual Meeting in Dallas on March 21, 2008.
"Innovation is at the core of every new technology we have pioneered at
Olympus," stated F. Mark Gumz, president and chief operating officer of
Olympus America Inc. "For this reason, we understand the importance of
encouraging and rewarding the curiosity that promotes innovative thinking.
The Olympus Innovation Award Program with the NCIIA is designed to
recognize innovation in U.S. academia to foster tomorrow's pioneering
The Olympus Innovation Award Program, now in its fourth 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.
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 candidates' methods and philosophies have inspired
students, and detail the resulting student innovations. The winner will
receive a $10,000 prize 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
in their own universities and throughout academia. The winner will receive
a $2,500 prize award.
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.
"The Olympus Innovation Award Program has recognized excellence in
curricular innovation and high impact teaching methods that foster
innovative thinking," said Phil Weilerstein, executive director, NCIIA,
based in Hadley, Mass. "We are delighted to continue building the
partnership between the NCIIA and Olympus."
Judges for all three awards will include David E. Barlow, Ph.D., Vice
President of Research & Development for Medical Systems at Olympus America;
Phil Weilerstein, NCIIA; 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.
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, 2007. For more
information about the Olympus Innovation Award Program, 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
products. 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. These include:
-- 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 entrepreneurship.