Baylor research shines at Big 12 economic conference

April 27, 2007
A Baylor University researcher and a Baylor alumnus were honored earlier this spring at the Big 12 Innovation and Capital Formation Conference in Kansas City.
The conference brought together professors, venture capitalists and business leaders to discuss strategies for commercializing technologies to drive economic development in the Big 12 region.
Ian Gravagne, assistant professor of electrical and computer engineering, received the Rising Star Award for research in applying mathematics to distributed control networks, and for designs enabling automated user identification and data acquisition with exercise circuits.
Mark Hurd, a 1979 Baylor alumnus and CEO, chairman of the board and president of Hewlett-Packard, received a Big 12 Heroes award for leadership that has encouraged innovation in a Big 12 community.
At the conference, several Baylor researchers presented innovative work rated as having strong commercialization potential.

  • Kevin Chambliss and Peter van Walsum: Research into by-products of created cellulosic ethanol production.

  • Kevin Pinney: Work on a new compound that might lead to a new drug to treat clinical depression, with potentially fewer side effects.

  • Charles Garner: Work on an organic gelling agent that allows organic liquids like oils to be immobilized as transparent gels.

  • Greg Leman: Discussed different programs in technology entrepreneurship at Baylor's Hankamer School of Business.

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