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ASU researchers nominated for World Technology Award

July 02, 2009

Two Arizona State University researchers learned recently that they are among a select group chosen as nominees for a 2009 World Technology Award by The World Technology Network (WTN), in association with TIME magazine, Fortune magazine, and Science magazine, among others.

Scientists Qiang Hu and Milton Sommerfeld in the College of Technology and Innovation at ASU’s Polytechnic campus, have been selected as nominees for the award for their work with algal feedstocks and biodiesel fuel. In November 2008, TIME magazine selected the researchers’ work as one of the top 10 best innovations for 2008.

Winners of the WTN Award will be announced on July 16, 2009, in New York, at the World Technology Awards gala ceremony at the TIME & Life Building at the conclusion of the two-day World Technology Summit. The World Technology Awards recognize individuals and corporations from 20 technology-related sectors, viewed by their peers as being the most innovative and doing the work of the greatest likely long-term significance. Award categories range from biotechnology, space and energy through to ethics, design and entertainment.

Nominees for the 2009 World Technology Awards were identified based on an intensive, global process over a period of many months in which current individual WTN members -- primarily elected WTN Fellows from previous awards cycles who now number over 1000, spread out over 60 countries -- as well as others made their nominations based on who they think is doing the innovative work in their field of the greatest likely long-term significance. After the WTN gathers further information from nominees, WTN individual member then vote on their preferences within their category. The top five selections in each category are announced from the podium on stage at the awards ceremony, and inducted into the WTN membership as Fellows. The winner receives an award on stage and makes comments about their innovative work to those assembled.

For information on the World Technology Network, World Technology Awards and World Technology Summit, visit


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Christine Lambrakis, Arizona State University, 480/727-1173, 602/316-5616,
James P. Clark, The World Technology Network,


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About The World Technology Network
The World Technology Network is a New York-headquartered organization that was created to "encourage serendipity” - happy accidents - amongst those individuals and companies deemed by their peers to be the most innovative in the science and technology world. The WTN's areas of interest range from IT and communications to biotech, energy, materials, space, as well as related fields such as finance, marketing, policy, law, design, and ethics. Each year, WTN members are brought together through an ongoing global series of regional roundtables, global Summits, and other events. The WTN has also convened the World Energy Technologies Summit at UNESCO headquarters in Paris. The central events in the WTN calendar include the annual World Technology Summit and World Technology Awards - the culmination of a global judging program through which new members are nominated and selected and by which the network grows and is refreshed.