LANL: Discover Innovative Technologies At DisrupTECH And Attend Richard P. Feynman Innovation Prizes Awards Ceremony Aug. 30

LANL: Discover Innovative Technologies At DisrupTECH And Attend Richard P. Feynman Innovation Prizes Awards Ceremony Aug. 30

K Modules and their inventor Kalpak Dighe will be recognized for their entrepreneurial spirit at the Feynman Innovation Prizes Aug. 30. K Modules are capacitors replacing existing technology that is 40 years old and expensive to maintain. Photo Courtesy LANL

Tamper-evident containers are just one national-security innovation to be showcased at DisrupTECH. Photo Courtesy LANL

Tech transfer takes center stage in Los Alamos Aug. 30, when Los Alamos National Laboratory’s Richard P. Feynman Center for Innovation hosts the 9th Annual DisrupTECH presentations 1:30-4:30 pm at in the Oppenheimer Study Center at the Laboratory, followed by the Feynman Innovation Prizes Awards ceremony 5-8 p.m. at SALA Event Center in Los Alamos.

All types of innovators and entrepreneurial-minded people are invited, and both events include time for professional networking.

Held virtually, the 9th Annual DisrupTECH showcases Lab scientists’ cutting-edge technologies with tech-transfer potential such as integrated lasers, biodegradable plastics, tamper-evident containers and cancer screening via ultrasound. At the conclusion, attendees will vote on Best Pitch and Most Fundable Technology.

The Richard P. Feynman Innovation Prizes will honor tech-transfer achievements that are commercially ready in such areas as forensic science, hydrogen fuel cell systems and clean energy. The event takes place in person only at the SALA Event Center, 2551 Central Ave., Los Alamos. Lab Director Thom Mason is the keynote speaker.

Click here for the full schedules and to register to attend either event — or both!

The Feynman Center for Innovation facilitates pathways to technology commercialization and supports scientists and engineers in developing entrepreneurial skills. It is named for theoretical physicist Richard P. Feynman who worked on the Manhattan Project in Los Alamos from 1941­ to 1945 and was equally well known for his physics knowledge and as his compelling scientific presentations.

Program overview:

1:30 p.m. In-person Registration and Networking
2:00 p.m. Welcome
2:05 p.m. Presentations

  • Clement Livache, Colloidal Nanocrystals for Integrated Lasers
  • Thom Weber, Pulsed Power Switching
  • Lauren Misurek, AmSi Radiography
  • Kwan-Soo (Kwan) Lee, Next Generation Biodegradable & Biocompatible Plastics
  • Alessandro Cattaneo and Alex Marchi, Additively Manufactured Tamper Evident Container (TEC)

3:20 p.m. Break
3:30 p.m. Presentations

  • Mike Craig, Intercept Imaging: Ultrasound Imaging for Breast Cancer Detection
  • Sang-Min Shin, THERMAS: Thermophiles for High-throughput Engineering of Robust Mesophile enzymes with Augmented Stability
  • Vigneshwaran Chandrasekaran, Telecom Single Photon Sources for Quantum Communication
  • Shawn Jones, Exploring Collections by Selecting Exemplars

4:30 p.m. Program Adjourn

  • Voting Best Pitch and Most Fundable Technology 

Feynman Awards at SALA Event Center

5:00 p.m. Networking: hors d’oeuvres & beverages, and cash bar
5:45 p.m. Welcome & Introductions
5:50 p.m. Highlights of 9th Annual DisrupTECH presentations
6:00 p.m. Keynote Address: Thom Mason, Director, Los Alamos National Laboratory
6:30 p.m. Presentation of the Richard P. Feynman Innovation Prizes

  • Entrepreneurial Spirit Award: Kalpak Dighe 
  • Next Big Idea Award: BioGoo Team of Vlad Henzl, Ann Junghans and Rollin Lakis
  • Notable New Mexico Start-Up: Pajarito Powder LLC and Siddharth Babu, Kui Li, Xiaojing Wang and Rod Borup
  • Outstanding Partnership: Kairos Power and Timothy Coons, Sabrina Hadinoto and Dasari Rao
  • Technology Transfer Excellence: Advent Technologies Holdings, Inc and Yu Seung Kim, Sandip Maurya, Eun Joo (Sarah) Park, Katie H. Lim and Youngkwang Kim

Open Networking
8:00 p.m. Event Concludes