2017 Award Recipients


Jason Botten, Ph.D., Assistant Professor of Medicine and Microbiology and Molecular Genetics

The goal of this project is to create the first therapeutic for treating a life-threatening disease caused by hantaviruses. This therapy has the potential to be a first-line antiviral for the treatment or prevention of hantavirus disease in the Americas. Climate change has brought rodent populations into closer contact with humans, increasing the risk of infection with hantavirus. HCPS is responsible for killing roughly 40 percent of afflicted patients.

2017 Winners Panel copyDarren Hitt, Ph.D., Professor of Mechanical Engineering
Ryan McDevitt, Ph.D.’14, Co-founder & Lead R&D Engineer, Benchmark Space Systems
Patrick Lee, Ph.D., Assistant Professor of Mechanical Engineering

The goal of this project is to develop a cost-effective propulsion system for small satellites that will enable them to make small adjustments to their position and orientation in orbit. A major technical challenge facing constellations of small satellites is the ability to maintain relative orientation.  This microthruster project addresses this issue and is a $1 billion market opportunity within the rapidly emerging $6 billion small satellite market.    

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