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Faculty Innovator Award 2012

Presented on University Day - September 7, 2012

jana Zvibleman

on 30 November 2012

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Transcript of Faculty Innovator Award 2012

WHEREAS the ONAMI Board of Directors appreciates the outstanding contributions made by Professor Richard Peterson to the ONAMI Leadership Team since his appointment in June 2009,

And WHEREAS the ONAMI Board of Directors appreciates the leadership Professor Peterson demonstrated in his role as co-director of the Microproducts Breakthrough Institute and as one of the Institute’s core founders,

And WHEREAS the ONAMI Board of Directors appreciates Professor Peterson’s contributions as the Program Manager for the US Army/ONAMI Tactical Energy Systems project,

And WHEREAS the ONAMI Board of Directors appreciates Professor Peterson's creative contributions to technology development, including work with ONAMI Gap Fund company HD+ to develop a water “pasteurizer” being used by dialysis patients,

And WHEREAS the ONAMI Board of Directors admires Professor Peterson’s creative contributions to development of grid energy storage technology as the President, CTO, and co-founder of ONAMI Gap Company Applied Exergy,

And WHEREAS the ONAMI Board of Directors is greatly saddened by Professor Peterson’s untimely passing on February 24, 2012,

RESOLVED, that the Board of Directors recognizes and commends the outstanding contributions made by Professor Peterson, to ONAMI, to Oregon State University, to the State of Oregon, and beyond. Faculty Innovator Award 2012 Celebrating impact
through engagement in commercialization partnerships Resolution of the Board of Directors of the
Oregon Nanoscience and Microtechnologies Institute (ONAMI) Richard Peterson posthumously awarded to
Rich was fiercely independent but passionate about his research making a positive impact. He also cared deeply about teaching and leaves behind a legacy of engineers who will continue making impact. He will be sorely missed. Leading researcher in
miniature and microscale energy systems ” His work was supported by significant grants from the National Science Foundation, U.S. Department of Energy and Department of Defense. Richard Peterson’s research focused on energy storage systems, new types of more efficient heat pumps, and use of low-grade thermal sources. Just in recent years, Peterson developed a “heat-actuated cooling system” that uses microchannel technology and has great promise to use waste heat from automobiles or factories, and produce either air conditioning or electricity. Technology of this type may one day help save energy in homes, automobiles and industry around the world. Other recent inventions included a “water pasteurizer” now being commercially developed, and a start-up company founded by Peterson that will address major challenges in grid-level energy storage. One of his inventions is being used by patients on dialysis by providing a pure water source. Professor of
Mechanical Engineering Prominent national expert in
heat transfer, thermodynamics and combustion Associate Director of the
Microproducts Breakthrough Institute Director of the
Advanced Tactical Energy Systems Program Rich was a prolific inventor whose research will have a profound impact on lives well into the future. - Brian Wall, director of the OSU Office for Commercialization and Corporate Development He received his doctorate from the University of California at Berkeley in 1984 Richard Peterson came to OSU in 1985, where he spent 27 years developing one of the nation’s leading programs in thermal engineering. He had more than 80 papers in professional journals and conference proceedings and a number of patents and inventions. Recognizing a faculty member whose extraordinarily high impact innovations from research are translated into transformative results that help promote economic development and social progress. “ He submitted 34 invention disclosures in the past 15 years. Rich really believed in the potential impact his discoveries could have on millions of lives. ” Brian Paul, OSU professor of industrial and manufacturing engineering,
director of the Microproducts Breakthrough Institute. “ Richard Peterson died on Feb. 24, 2012,
following a long illness. The Oregon State University
Research Office
Faculty Awards 2012 presented by The Research Office /
Office for Commercialization
& Corporate Development
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