CAMBRIDGE, Mass. (June 14, 2011) Proving that technological entrepreneurship can have groundbreaking impact when inventive concepts stretch across disparate fields, renowned innovator, materials scientist and applied physicist Dr. John A. Rogers was announced today as recipient of the 2011 $500,000 Lemelson-MIT Prize. Rogers' research has resulted in the creation of revolutionary products integral to human health, fiber optics, semiconductor manufacturing and solar power, with many currently in commercial use. Rogers will accept the prestigious prize and present his accomplishments to the public at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology during the Lemelson-MIT Program's fifth-annual EurekaFest, a multi-day celebration of the inventive spirit, June 15 18.
Rogers' interest in science and technology began during childhood, with a physicist father and an accomplished poet mother, both encouraging the importance of thinking imaginatively. His ongoing education and research further propelled this interdisciplinary path, with an approach to invention based on leveraging creative ideas, but pursuing them within the constraints of practical utility. His current work demonstrates expertise as an entrepreneurial innovator, bringing lab work to multi-industry marketplaces. He is Co-founder and Director of mc10, Inc. and Semprius, Inc., among various other companies.
Humanizing Electronics for Healthcare
Bridging the gap between biology and electronics, Rogers and colleagues launched mc10 in 2008 to address a fundamental challenge in the use of traditional silicon wafer-based electronics for surgical procedures the devices are rigid, flat and therefore cannot match the soft contours of the human body. Rogers devised a way to transform these systems into soft, flexible devices with tissue-like characteristics that can be used in cardiology and neurology to make surgical diagnosis and treatment easier. Thin, silicon-based electronics and s
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