Press Release

Johns Hopkins Applied Physics Lab Names 2011 Best Inventions

Wed, 04/25/2012 - 09:31

An ultra-compact motor controller used to revolutionize movement in a state-of-the-art prosthetic arm and an innovative algorithm for improving the performance of undersea sensors are the winners of The Johns Hopkins University Applied Physics Laboratory’s Invention of the Year and Government Purpose Innovation awards for 2011.

This year’s winners were selected from 259 inventions that were disclosed at APL in the past calendar year. They were filed by more than 460 APL inventors and collaborators. The Invention of the Year winner was chosen by an outside review panel of 52 representatives from industry, the high-tech sector and patent law. For the second consecutive year, APL’s Government Purpose Innovation Award recognized an invention that has the potential to make a major impact in the defense community, and the nation.

The winners were named at the 13th annual Invention of the Year Award Reception held April 23 on the APL campus in Laurel, Md. Attendees included Ralph Semmel, Director of APL; Maryland State Delegate Guy Guzzone; and Courtney Samuels representing Senator Barbara Mikulski (D-MD). APL Assistant Director for Science and Technology, Jerry Krill and Office of Technology Transfer Supervisor, Norma Lee Todd addressed the inventors and guests and presented trophies and cash awards to the top inventors.