Researcher Earns Top Honors for Commercial Inventions

UA President Ann Weaver Hart (left) and College of Engineering dean Jeff Goldberg (right) present ECE professor Linda Powers with the i-Squared Award for Innovation and Impact at the second annual Tech Launch Arizona awards event.

Electrical and computer engineering professor Linda Powers received a 2015 Tech Launch Arizona award for her contributions to commercializing new technology.

“This is a great moment for us to recognize those who are applying knowledge to today’s major challenges and questions and giving voice to the importance of moving that knowledge out into the world,” said UA President Ann Weaver Hart, who presented eight awards to UA researchers and two to UA alumni on April 30 at Tech Launch Arizona’s second annual awards event, the I-Squared Awards for Innovation and Impact.

Powers, the Thomas R. Brown Distinguished Chair in Bioengineering, has developed hand-held sensors to detect contaminants and bioterrorism agents, technology to rapidly test for bacteria in water, and disposable blood tests for diseases such as HIV, malaria and TB.

Powers is also known for her work with organizations supporting diversity among engineering students, faculty and professionals.

“Linda Powers is one of the most giving faculty we have,” said Jeff Goldberg, dean of the College of Engineering. “She has done an incredible amount of work to bring diversity to our faculty and student body.” 

With its I-Squared Awards, Tech Launch Arizona -- the arm of the University that helps move inventions, technologies and intellectual property from the laboratory to the marketplace -- honors researchers whose hard work and persistence have advanced technology to the benefit of society. 

“Researchers are the lifeblood of the technology commercialization process,” said Doug Hockstad, TLA director of technology transfer. “It’s important to recognize individual inventors to both acknowledge their contributions as well as encourage others to participate in the commercialization process.” 

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