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MSU Innovation of the Year

April 8, 2019

Professor Mukkamala's research to receive top award at the MSU Innovation Celebration

Michigan State University technologies and startups will be featured at the ninth annual MSU Innovation Celebration on April 18.

ECE Professor Ramakrishna Mukkamala will receive this year's MSU Innovation of the Year Award.
ECE Professor Ramakrishna Mukkamala will receive this year's MSU Innovation of the Year Award.

Ramakrishna Mukkamala, professor of electrical and computer engineering, will receive the MSU Innovation of the Year Award for his work in smartphone-based blood pressure monitoring.

He is among four faculty members who will be honored at the Innovation Celebration, 4 to 6 p.m. in the Huntington Club on the fourth floor of Spartan Stadium. Others are:

• Amy Iezzoni, Innovator of the Year: cherry rootstock development

• Marcos Dantus, Technology Transfer Achievement Award: ultrafast lasers and

• David Douches, Corporate Connector of the Year: MSU potato breeding and genetics program. 

“The MSU Innovation Celebration offers the opportunity bring the university and community together to honor MSU innovators and showcase some of the best innovations developed at MSU,” said Charles Hasemann, assistant vice president for innovation and economic development at the MSU Innovation Center.

“The event highlights faculty and student excellence taking place across campus. The economic impact of these innovations we help drive in Michigan and beyond,” Hasemann added.

In addition to the faculty awardees, several faculty researchers and startup companies will be on site with exhibits. This year’s event also includes 25 student startups from the MSU Hatch startup incubator, a program that offers free services, support and funding to MSU students. The startups feature a mix of products and services, such as sustainable clothing, probiotic energy snacks, robotics, music, a tutor scheduling app and more.

“The student teams selected for this showcase is a small yet diverse representation of the 200 innovative teams that are currently active in the Hatch,” said Lori Fischer, events and student program manager.

“Our students involved in the Hatch come from all different majors and colleges. They are independently driven to apply the elements of starting and maintaining their own business,” Fischer said. “Whether they continue their startup or not is up to them, but they now have the entrepreneurial disciplines for the rest of their journey through life.”

The event is free and open to the public. Registration is encouraged.