CHAMPAIGN, Ill. John A. Rogers, the Lee J. Flory-Founder Chair in Engineering at the University of Illinois, has won the 2011 Lemelson-MIT Prize. The annual award recognizes outstanding innovation and creativity.
Rogers will accept the $500,000 prize one of the world's largest single cash prizes for invention and present his accomplishments to the public at a ceremony during the Lemelson-MIT program's annual EurekaFest at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology June 15-18.
Renowned for his recent pioneering work with semiconductor materials and flexible, stretchable electronics, Rogers applies his expertise to devise technology solutions across such broad fields as solar power, biointegrated electronics, sensing, thin film metrology and fiber optics.
Rogers combines soft, stretchable materials with micro-and nanoscale electronic components to create classes of devices with a wide range of practical applications. His recent work has produced devices from tiny eye-like cameras to less-invasive surgical tools to biocompatible sensor arrays.
Ilesanmi Adesida, the dean of the College of Engineering at Illinois, cited Rogers' ability to span across incongruent fields of work as a reason for his success.
"Rogers can move effortlessly from science to technology and to practical applications with a unique vision for the translation of science to products," Adesida said.
"His work exemplifies how to effectively bolster sciences and technology so the United States can successfully compete and prosper in the global community of the 21st century."
Not content to merely invent, Rogers also is an entrepreneur. He is co-founder and director of the device companies MC10 Inc. and Semprius Inc., both of which work to apply and commercialize technology he has invented. Previously, he co-founded a successful company, Active Impulse Systems Inc., that commercialized his picosecond laser techniques for analysis of th
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