Tonight was a big night for science, as INL held their annual Recognition Event at the Colonial Theater in Idaho Falls. Summer Joy stopped by earlier to find out the details and to see who won.
Earlier today the colonial theater was empty, but by tonight there will be over 300 people here to honor more than 120 researchers and inventors during the INL’s annual recognition event.
“We do this because it’s an excellent opportunity not only to honor the scientist and engineers that work at the labatory, but they get a chance to talk to their friends, their family and co-workers and really show case the important work that they have done in the past year or in some cases over their lifetime,” said Misty Benjamin, an INL Spokesperson.
The event didn’t just highlight a few people, they also gave recognition to the scientists who participated in receiving 38 new patents, filing for an additional 26 new patents and submission of 88 new invention disclosures, and copyrights.
In addition to recognizing inventions, INL also gave awards to five special people.
Laura Carroll, Paul Demkowicz, and Richard Schultz for their research. Lyle Roybal and Terry Todd were recognized into the INL Hall of Fame after Roybal received 5 patents and Todd received 15.
The last award given, the technician of the year, was awarded to Paul Hansen. Hansen works on developing innovative casting processes and techniques for metal fuels.
“This is a great opportunity for us to reach out to the scientist and their families and to say thank you. Thank you for what you have done for the laboratory this year or over multiple years. That contribution is significant and we want to recognize you,” added Benjamin.
The INL director, John Grossenbacher, said that their record of invention and research impresses him more each year. Congratulations to those of you who won, those are outstanding achievements.