A dozen people were recognizedÂ for receiving U.S. Patent and Trademark Office patents during theÂ ninth annual Y-12 Technology Transfer awards ceremony, held to celebrate fiscal year 2012 achievements, and 74 were honored for submitting invention disclosures.
The year was a record-breaking one for new patents at Yâ€‘12, with 11 awarded. The Silver Acorn Award, bestowed upon first-time patent recipients, went to Ed Babelay, Bill Barkman, Amy DeMint, Jackie Gooch, Patrick Thomas, and Paul Vanatta.
â€œIâ€™m excited to receive a patent; itâ€™s something most people donâ€™t get to experience,â€ said Vanatta, a nine-year Y-12 employee. â€œRusty Hallman and I began working on the Intrinsically Safe Moisture Blending System in 2007 as a solution to a need within Yâ€‘12. Now weâ€™ve received a patent and are working to transfer the technology to the private sector.â€
Invention disclosures and patent awards were not the only technology transfer achievements celebrated. Six honorees took home cash in the form of a Government Use Award, which recognizes inventions that add significant value to the U.S. Department of Energy or other government agencies.
â€œExamples of innovations showcased during the awards ceremony demonstrate what we can do to directly benefit NNSA and the private sector,â€ saidÂ Van Mauney, Y-12 vice president for program management and one of the award presenters.
Ashley Stowe and Lee Bzorgi each earned a Technology Support Award, which recognizes employees whose efforts go above and beyond the call of duty, contributing to technology development support, promotion and/or licensing.
More details on the event can be found at http://www.y12.doe.gov/business/technologies/awards2012.php.