The Arizona Technology Council's 2013 Governor's Celebration of Innovation Names Finalists and Select Winners
Aug 30, 2013 (Close-Up Media via COMTEX) --
The Arizona Technology Council in conjunction with the Arizona Commerce Authority, announced Student and Teacher Awards as well as Individual Award winners and Company Award finalists for the 2013 Governor's Celebration of Innovation awards presented by Avnet, Inc.
"The GCOI awards honor companies at all stages of growth as well as academic centers of excellence, lawmakers and individuals that are impacting people's lives through inspiration and innovation," said Steven Zylstra, president and CEO of the Arizona Technology Council, in a release. "This year's finalists and winners are all deserving recipients and we congratulate them on their achievements."
"These companies and individuals are a testament to the exceptional quality of innovation and top talent that exists in Arizona," said Sandra Watson, President and CEO, Arizona Commerce Authority. "We congratulate those recognized for their significant contributions to the technology sector and for strengthening Arizona's position as a global leader in innovation."
Committee members included:
-Hunter Bennett, OneNeck IT Services
-James Goulka, Arizona Technology Investor Forum
-Mani Janakiram, Intel Corp.
-Bill Loux, Arizona Technology Enterprises
-Mary O'Reilly, Science Foundation Arizona
-Bob Rasmussen, Honeywell Aerospace
The Individual/Company Award winners are:
-William McWhortor Community Service Leader of the Year: The Thomas Brown Foundations
-Ed Denison Business Leader of the Year: Clark Peterson, CEO, Telesphere
One company within each of the following award categories will be announced as the winner at the GCOI event:
The Company Award Finalists are:
-Innovator of the Year - Start-Up Company: Inovy Technology, Chandler, Arizona; Nasseo Inc., Peoria; Traklight, Phoenix; Yolia Health, Peoria
-Innovator of the Year - Small Company: Cummings Engineering, Chandler; Parchment, Scottsdale; ServerLIFT Corp., Phoenix; Strongwatch, Tucson
-Innovator of the Year - Large Company: CyrusOne, Phoenix; Lumension Security, Scottsdale
-Innovator of the Year Academia: Controlled Environment Agriculture Center, University of Arizona, Tucson; iPlant Collaborative, Tucson; Landscape Evolution Observatory, University of Arizona, Tucson; McGuire Center for Entrepreneurship, University of Arizona, Tucson
The "Future Innovators" and "Teacher of the Year" award winners were evaluated and chosen by a selection committee independent of the Council including members of the Arizona Council of Engineering and Scientific Associations. ACESA supports, promotes and coordinates programs and activities of the engineering and science associations within the state of Arizona through facilitated communication and leadership.
Teacher of the Year Award Winner:
- Michael McKelvy, Basha High School, Chandler. Science is fun, exciting and fascinating in its ability to explain why the world behaves as it does. Having co-founded, directed, and taught the nationally-recognized ASU Science is Fun Program while working at ASU, this is also the approach McKelvy uses while teaching science subjects to his students. Throughout his six year teaching career he has taught between 110 -140 students annually and served as a science/science and engineering fair judge at numerous school/district, state and international competitions, including the International Science and Engineering Fair.
Teacher of the Year Award Honorable Mentions:
- Christopher Brandt, Saguaro High School, Scottsdale.
- Andrew Lettes, Pueblo Magnet High School, Tucson.
Future Innovators of the Year Award Winners:
- Manav Sevak and Tejas Dharmaraj, Chandler High School, Chandler, for team project: "Indicting Alzheimer's: Novel Methods of Preventing Glial Scarring"
- Anvita Gupta and Sejal Aggarwal, BASIS High School, Scottsdale for team project: "Pancreatic Adenocaarcinoma"
- Eric Epstein, Tucson High Magnet School, Tucson for project: "Olfactory discrimination between regular and deuterated compounds in European honeybees"
- Shelby Yuan, University High School, Tucson for project: "Preparation of Magnetic Nanovesicles for Biomedical Applications"
Future Innovators of the Year Award Honorable Mentions:
- Kelsey Barter, University High School, Tucson for project: "Targeting Survivin as a Potential Cancer Therapeutic"
- Soumya Kambhampati and Thomas Liu, McClintock High School, Tempe, Arizona for team project: "Social Network Analysis of SAT Phase Transition"
This year marks the tenth anniversary of this prestigious event that attracts more than 1,000 technology industry leaders for an "academy awards" theater-style presentation complete with a technology showcase of over 50 booths, a strolling dinner and an after party with deserts and live music.
The 2013 GCOI will take place Nov. 14, from 4 p.m. 8 p.m. at the Phoenix Convention Center, 100 North Third Street, in the West Building, third floor. Tickets are on sale now and can be at aztechcouncil.org.
The Arizona Technology Council is a trade association for science and technology companies.
The Arizona Commerce Authority is an economic development organization.
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