Two professors honored for patents

Two College of Technology professors were honored by Purdue Research Foundation at the tenth annual Inventors Recognition Reception Nov. 18.

Honorees were recognized for receiving a patent during the 2013-14 fiscal year (July 1, 2013-June 30, 2014). Nearly 80 Purdue faculty and staff were honored during the evening.

Qingyou Han, professor of mechanical engineering technology, was honored for his “Method of Producing Particulate-Reinforced Composites and Composites Produced Thereby.” His patent was awarded Dec. 24, 2013. Han is also director of the Purdue Center for Materials Processing Research.

Athula Kulatunga, George W. McNelly professor in the School of Engineering Technology, was honored for his “Regenerative Braking Method." His patent was awarded Oct. 29, 2013.

The event highlighted a record-breaking year in commercialization activities for Purdue. In the 2013-2014 fiscal year, Purdue Research Foundation officials reported 272 invention disclosures, 120 finalized deals, 100 issued U.S. patents, 471 global patent applications filed and $5.94 million in royalty income. Officials also reported that 24 startups based on Purdue intellectual property were launched in the fiscal year.

Full news release about the reception.