Governors Celebration Of Innovation Award Finalists Selected For Their Innovation And Impact On Arizonas Technology Community
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Winners will be Announced at the Awards Ceremony December 6 and Will Commemorate Arizona’s Top Technological and Business Achievements
Tempe, Arizona – (September 27, 2007) –The Arizona Technology Council, in partnership with the Arizona Department of Commerce, announced today the following companies have been chosen as finalists for the Governor’s Celebration of Innovation in their respected categories. The award recipients were selected by an independent selection committee comprised of local business and academic leaders, based on their contribution to the business and technology community and their technological innovation. One company, within each category, will be announced as the winner on the night of the awards gala.
The award categories and finalists are as follows:
The Pioneering Innovation Award
- Global Solar Energy
- Iridium Satellite, LLC
The Innovator of the Year Award
Note: “Innovator of the Year” distinction is comprised of four levels.
Innovator of the Year Award – Start-up
- MSDx LLC
- MedApps, Inc.
Innovator of the Year Award- Small Company
- Inilex, Inc.
- Paragon Space Development Corporation
Innovator of the Year Award- Large Company
- Intel Corporation
- Raytheon Missile Systems
Innovator of the Year Award- Academia
- BiO5 Institute at The University of Arizona
- Project: BIO5 Drug Discovery and Development Initiative
- The University of Arizona
- Phoenix Mars Mission
- Biodesign Institute at Arizona State University
- Project: Center for Infectious Diseases and Vaccinology
William F. McWhortor Community Service Leader of the Year Award
- Terree Parlett Wasley
- ASU Technopolis
- Bob Horn
- Cybernetic Research Laboratories, Inc.
- Brian Mueller
- University of Phoenix/Apollo Group, Inc.
Ed Denison Business Leader of the Year Award
- Chuck Vermillion, President
- One Neck IT Services, Corp.
- Vicki L. Chandler, PhD
- BIO5 Institute at The University of Arizona
- James H. Hooker, President and CEO
Pioneering Innovation Award
- Global Solar Energy
- Iridium Satellite, LLC
Young Innovator of the Year Award Winners
The “Best of the Best” of the Arizona Engineering and Science Fairs (grades 9-12) for the year 2006. Each of these students will receive a $1000 scholarship to further enhance their education.
- Edward Lee – ’07- ’08 Senior
Hamilton High School- Chandler, Arizona
Sub-category: Electrical & Mechanical Engineering
Project: A Universal Unique and Efficient Heating & Cooling System for Industrial and Commercial
Use: A Mathematically Rigorous Approach
- Parker Owan – ’07- ’08 Senior
Category: Energy & Transportation
Project: Maximizing Wind Power: Considering the Effects of Solidarity and Wing Shape on the Performance of a Vertical Axis Wind Turbine
- William Guarino – College Freshman
Salpointe Catholic High School – Tucson, Arizona
Sub-category: Materials Science
Project: A Lighter Metal: High Cycle Fatigue Strength of a new AZ91D-F Magnesium/7075-T651 Aluminum Composite
- Niles Frazier – College Freshman
Tucson High School- Tucson, Arizona Tech Council
Category: Cellular & Molecular Biology
Project: Optimization of Sense-RNAi Efficiency
Teacher of the Year Award:
Timothy J. Barry
Salpointe Catholic HS
1545 E Copper Street
Tucson, AZ 85719-3199
Courses taught: Honors Chemistry. Organic Biochemistry, Science Research
About the Governor’s Celebration of Innovation
The Governor’s Celebration of Innovation was established in 2003 by combining two technology award ceremonies: the High Tech Industry Cluster’s 17-year student awards ceremony and the Arizona Software and Internet Association’s 10-year “Celebration of Innovation”. With the addition of the Governor’s support, the Governor’s Celebration of Innovation has become the premier technology community gathering of its kind in Arizona. The inaugural Governor’s Celebration of Innovation took place in November 2003 and was a colossal success with over 1,200 in attendance.
About Arizona Technology Council
The Arizona Technology Council’s vision is for Arizona to be recognized as a top-tier center for technology-based industries and businesses with an education system that produces a best-of-class 21st century workforce. The Council’s mission is to drive partnerships, policies and programs that advance the business climate for Arizona’s technology community. The Arizona Technology Council is the largest member-driven technology association in the state representing the interests of over 200,000 employees across more than 500 of the leading technology companies their support firms, educational institutions and state-wide economic development groups that collectively form Arizona’s technology community. For more information, visit aztechcouncil.org.
About Arizona Department of Commerce
Collaborating with economic development partners statewide, the Arizona Department of Commerce works to create jobs, expand the tax base, increase per capita income and promote a globally competitive business environment. The agency provides reliable information and research, community assistance, targeted business attraction and development coupled with strategic workforce development. Nationally and internationally, the Department of Commerce promotes Arizona assets: a growing, high-tech workforce; competitive operating environment; easy access to major markets; affordable, available real estate; reliable utilities; abundant natural resources and an unmatched quality of life. For more information, visit azcommerce.com.