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On April 18, Tech Launch Arizona held its fourth annual I-Squared Expo & Awards, highlighting University of Arizona researchers whose inventions impact the quality of life of people in Tucson, across Arizona and throughout the world.
During the award presentation, MSE professor Douglas Loy was named Inventor of the Year for the physical sciences.
Loy holds joint appointments in MSE and the UA Department of Chemistry and Biochemistry. A prolific inventor, he is presently developing a nontoxic, long-lasting sunscreen for which he received early-stage funding from TLA through TLA's Asset Development program.
Photo: Douglas Loy (center) accepts his award from David Allen, vice president of TLA, and Kimberly Espy, senior vice president for research at the UA.
On April 25, 12 MSE students will venture north to compete for bragging rights and the Territorial Materials Trophy in the 14th annual Arizona Materials Bowl capstone project and poster competition.
Seniors Kurumi Austin, Jeffrey DuBose, Maxwell Duffy, Jeremy Elias, Jillian Grass, Neil Jenkins, Eric Nelson, Claudia Ramirez, Liam Richards, Brian Swartwout, Chris Tang and Joshua Vita will face off against rivals ASU in Tempe.
They'll be looking to take back the trophy from the Sun Devils, who placed first last year.
Accompanying the students will be MSE professor and department head Pierre Deymier, associate professor Krishna Muralidharan, professor David Poirier and senior program coordinator Elsa Morales.
View this year's event flyer (PDF) online.
Engineering affects virtually every aspect of our lives, and at the University of Arizona's Engineering Design Day on May 1, more than 500 students – including 12 seniors from the UA Department of Materials Science and Engineering – intend to prove it.
The public is invited to see the displays in the Student Union Memorial Center Grand Ballroom and on the UA Mall from 11 a.m. until 4 p.m., and to attend the awards ceremony in the ballroom from 4 to 5:30 p.m., when industry sponsors will present more than $25,000 in cash prizes to project teams.
Douglas A. Loy, University of Arizona professor of materials science and engineering and chemistry and biochemistry, has received one of seven 2017 Asset Development awards from Tech Launch Arizona.
The funds will aid him in developing a nontoxic, long-lasting sunscreen based on bridged polysilsesquioxanes nanoparticles. He previously received TLA support to create and market biologically based sun protection.
Marek Romanowski, a UA biomedical engineering professor with a joint appointment in MSE, was also awarded Asset Development funding, to develop a solid-state camera system for monitoring cranial nerve pathways in anesthetized patients.
Photo courtesy of Paul Tumarkin/Tech Launch Arizona