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New Jersey Inventors Hall of Fame to Honor Stevens Researchers at Annual Banquet

Hoboken, N.J. – Six members of the Stevens Institute of Technology community will be honored at the 2013 New Jersey Inventors Hall of Fame (NJIHoF), recognizing their contributions to innovation in the Garden State. 

The NJIHoF is an annual awards banquet, co-sponsored by Stevens, which honors New Jersey’s leading scientists, engineers, inventors, entrepreneurs and organizations.

At a formal awards banquet on Oct. 17, 2013 at the W Hotel in Hoboken, Stevens Professors Antonio Valdevit, Jenny Zilberberg and Yu-Dong Yao, Stevens graduate students Xuening Chen and Wenting Zhang, and Stevens alumnus Joseph Giovannoli ’62 will join dozens of other Stevens faculty, students and alumni who are counted among NJIHoF winners.

Dr. Valdevit and Dr. Zilberberg will each accept an Innovators Award, which recognizes significant scientific achievement. Valdevit, a professor of biomedical engineering, is renowned for his innovations related to spinal research and new medical devices. Zilberberg, a visiting professor from Hackensack University Medical Center, has led pioneering research related to an ex vivo method to determine the effectiveness of personalized treatment strategies for multiple myeloma cancers.

Dr. Yao, director of the department of electrical and computer engineering, is the winner of an Advancement of Invention Award, which honors scientists and educators with sterling records of sustained encouragement of invention and innovation. Yao has led technology advancements in the field of satellite communications and CDMA radio link protocols and their use in multiple networks.

Accepting Graduate Student Awards will be Chen, who earned a Ph.D. in chemistry, chemical biology and biomedical engineering in 2013, and Zhang, a master’s student in chemical engineering and material science. Chen’s research is related to biomimetic bone tissue engineering and regenerative medicines. Zhang collaborates with Zilberberg on her research.  

Finally, Stevens alumnus Joseph Giovannoli ’62 will accept an Inventor of the Year Award, recognizing inventors who successful patented and commercialized an invention. Giovannoli has created and marketed technologies which revolutionized automated reverse auction systems and markets.

“These accomplished award-winners from Stevens truly live up to the university’s mission to solve the most challenging problems of our time through cutting-edge, technology-based research and entrepreneurship,” said Dr. Christos Christodoulatos, vice provost of the Office of Innovation and Entrepreneurship at Stevens.

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About Stevens Institute of Technology

Stevens Institute of Technology, The Innovation University®, is a premier, private research university situated in Hoboken, N.J. overlooking the Manhattan skyline. Founded in 1870, technological innovation has been the hallmark and legacy of Stevens’ education and research programs for more than 140 years. Within the university’s three schools and one college, more than 6,100 undergraduate and graduate students collaborate with more than 350 faculty members in an interdisciplinary, student-centric, entrepreneurial environment to advance the frontiers of science and leverage technology to confront global challenges. Stevens is home to three national research centers of excellence, as well as joint research programs focused on critical industries such as healthcare, energy, finance, defense and STEM education and coastal sustainability. The university is the fastest-rising college in the U.S. News & World Report ranking of the best national universities, and it is consistently ranked among the nation’s elite for return on investment for students, career services programs, and mid-career salaries of alumni. Stevens is in the midst of a 10-year strategic plan, The Future. Ours to Create., designed to further extend the Stevens legacy to create a forward-looking and far-reaching institution with global impact.