The University of Tennessee ranks among the top universities in the world that were granted U.S. utility patents in 2017, according to a report released Tuesday by the National Academy of Inventors and the Intellectual Property Owners Association.
The award began in 1973 and as of Friday’s presentation, it has gone to a total of 90 recipients who include ORNL lab directors, scientists, and distinguished statesmen such as Howard Baker and Al Gore. Millhorn won the award for his leadership with both UT and ORNL.
The University of Tennessee Research Foundation recognized researchers for their inventions and commercialization efforts made within the last year at the 2017 Innovation Awards Ceremony, held December 5 at The Foundry on the Fair Site.
Stacey Patterson, University of Tennessee associate vice president for research since 2015, was confirmed by vote of the UT Board of Trustees Nov. 3 as the University’s next vice president for research, outreach and economic development.
The fall program marked the beginning of UT’s participation in the I-Corps South Node, one of eight regional networks developed to support innovation education, infrastructure, and research.