Inventor of the Year Award

The Inventor of the Year Award is presented each year in recognition of the contribution that the invention has and/or will make towards society as a whole.

For the Call for Nominations - Inventor of the Year rules and instructions, please click here. This year's winner will be awarded $5,000.00. The submission deadline is Friday, January 5, 2018. For additional information, FAQ's.

Name Organization Recognized For Year
Dr. Michael Kass  NVIDIA  Contributions to the field of computer graphics 


Dr. Adrian Krainer
Cold Spring Harbor Laboratory Inventor of U.S. Patent No. 8,980,853, recognized for his research that led to the first-ever drug for the treatment of Spinal Muscular Atrophy (SMA) in children and adults 2017 
Dr. Thaddeus Prusik Temptime Corp. Contributions to the development of low-cost temperature history indicators for use with vaccines and other biologics 2016 
Dr. Brian D'Andrade   Exponent, Inc. Disclosures relating to the field of technologies and materials for organic light emitting diodes (OLEDs)     2015 
Drs. Sadelain and Brentjens  Memorial Sloan-Kettering
Cancer Center
Disclosures relating to the design of chimeric antigen receptors, or CARs  2014
Drs. Schuchman and Desnick Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai Work on Niemann-Pick Disease, leading to the discovery of the gene and subsequently the first genetic screening for the disease. Enzyme replacement therapy is currently under development in phase 2 clinical trials. 2013
Dr. Radoslav Adzic Brookhaven National

Extensive work in the field of nanocatalysts with reduced platinum loading for applications in hydrogen fuel cells 2012
Dr. Rajiv Laroia Qualcomm Flarion Pioneer work in the area of OFDM (Orthogonal Frequency Division Multiplexing) 2011
Barber, et. al. High School Students NYIPLA Young Innovators award for invention related to a Curb Climbing Wheelchair 2011
Dr. Eric R. Fossum Thayer School of Engineering
at Dartmouth
Extensive portfolio of patents related to CMOS pixel image sensors 2010
Dr. Sadeg M. Faris Reveo Lifetime contributions with over 200 patents spanning diverse fields of technology such as superconductivity, electro-optics, energy, water technologies, DNA sequencing  and nanolithography 2009
Dr. James J. Wynne, Dr. Samuel E. Blum, and Dr. Rangaswamy Srinivasan IBM Significant invention in U.S. Patent No. 4,784,135 that led to the current success of LASIK and PRK laser vision correction procedures 2009
Dr. Bernard S. Meyerson IBM IBM Systems & Technology Group - groundbreaking research in Si/SiGe technology 2008
Dr. Pedro M. Buarque De Macedo Catholic University of America Research related to glass science resulting in variety of beneficial applications 2008
Chang Yi Wang, Ph.D United Biomedical Work in "UBITh Peptide Immunogens" 2007
Uzoh, et al. IBM U.S. Patent No. 6,709,562 – relating to copper interconnect technology for semiconductor integrated circuit chips 2006

Dr. Leendert Dorst

Dr. Karen Trovato  

Philips Electronics
North America

Work was for Method and Apparatus for Path Planning 2005
Bonnie Bassler, Ph.D     2004
Dr. Jurg Zimmermann Novartis Inventor of the drug imatinib mesylate (STI-571), the active ingredient in anti cancer drug “Gleevec,” an oral treatment for chronic myelogenous leukemia (CML) - Novartis 2002
Jay Walker Found 2000
Dr. David C. Auth Heart Technology, Inc. Inventor of the ROTABLATOR® device 1994
David T. Green     1991
Dr. John E. Anderson Union Carbide   1989
Dr. Jack Riseman IBM   1988
Dr. Leo H. Sternbach   Inventor of LIBRIUM and VALIUM 1987