The University Record, October 22, 2001

Tech Transfer celebrates invention

By Susan Farley

The Michigan League Ballroom was the scene of the 2001 “Celebrate Invention” reception Oct. 15. The Office of Technology Transfer (Tech Transfer), formerly the Technology Management Office, hosted the event, designed to honor researchers from the Ann Arbor, Dearborn and Flint U-M campuses.

The keynote address was delivered by Paul Israel, author of Edison: A Life of Invention, and co-editor of The Thomas A. Edison Papers at Rutgers University. In addition to exploring inventions by Edison, Israel discussed 19th-century invention versus 20th- century innovation.

Brief remarks were given by Ken Nesbit, executive director of Tech Transfer, who expressed the “deepest appreciation for the accomplishments” of the inventors. “We’re proud of the contributions made to our continuing tradition here at the University,” said Nesbit.

Fawwaz Ulaby, vice president for research, said, “The social contract between the University and society-at-large includes several elements, including being dedicated to the education of students and becoming major contributors to the social good in all of its manifestations, from the humanities and the arts, to the sciences and the professions.”

Referencing the inventors, Robert Kasdin, executive vice president and chief financial officer, also noted the “very long tradition of excellence here at the U-M.”

The inventors were honored for their disclosures, issued patents and licenses.