U.Va. Scientists Ranked Among World’s Top Young Innovators
By Technology Review, Mit’s Magazine Of Innovation
September 21, 2004 --
Two interdisciplinary researchers at the University
of Virginia — Richard
Kent, assistant professor of mechanical and aerospace engineering, and Shayn
Peirce, assistant professor in biomedical engineering — were named to Technology
Review’s 2004 list of the world’s 100 Top Young Innovators, the magazine
TR100 list comprises 100 individuals under the age of 35
whose work may have a profound impact on technology.
by the editors
of Technology Review,
a magazine published by the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, and an
elite panel of judges, this year’s honorees represent
disciplines ranging from biotechnology and medicine to computing
was one of a handful of institutions with more than one honoree
the list. Others with multiple winners included MIT and Stanford University.
U.Va. researchers work at the intersection of engineering
and medical science.
who holds a joint appointment in engineering and medicine,
conducts research with the Department
and Aerospace Engineering and
the Department of Emergency Medicine. His research in the University’s
Center for Applied Biomechanics, which conducts a broad array of research
automobile safety, focuses on developing “smart” seat belts
efforts, built largely on creating new mathematical algorithms,
will enable seat belts and airbags to process data rapidly
during an impending
crash, such as how fast the car is going and the shape of the object
being hit, and combine it with data about the driver, such as size,
weight, bone density,
position, age and health, to determine the best response of the safety
equipment given the circumstances of a particular driver in a particular
has designed complex, quantitative, predictive computer models
that have the potential to speed up the development of new medical
treatments relating to tissue growth and repair.
has used these models to explore embryogenesis, or the process
formation, and learn about the mechanics that contribute
also has used them to predict blood vessel growth in response
to changes in blood pressure and the presence
of a growth protein.
blood vessel formation — believed to be a first in the
emerging field of systems biology — holds promise for
future developments in the treatment of chronic heart disease
through angiogenesis, or the growth of new blood vessels.
The results could be used to develop new treatments for cancer
that involve shutting off the blood supply to cancerous tissue.
panel of TR100 judges featured representatives from academe
and industry, including: Boston University, California Institute
University, CombinatoRx Inc., Concept2Company Inc., Cornell
University, General Electric
Co., Geekcorps, Georgia Institute of Technology, Harvard
Medical School, Hewlett-Packard Development Co. L.P., IBM
LLC, Microsoft Corp.,
MIT, Northwestern University, PureTech Ventures LLC, Singapore
Institute of Bioengineering and Nanotechnology, TIAX LLC,
The Wharton School
of the University
Xerox Corp. and YankeeTek Ventures.
the five years since we began naming our annual selection
of the world's top innovators under age 35, inclusion among
the TR100 has become one of the
most prestigious awards for young innovators around the
world," said David
Rotman, executive editor of Technology Review. “This
are all pioneering fascinating innovations in the fields
of biomedicine, computing and nanotechnology, and were
chosen after a rigorous selection and judging process.
The result is an elite group whose visions and inventions
will shape the future of technology.”
and Peirce will be honored in Boston on Sept. 29-30 at Technology
Emerging Technologies Conference at MIT.
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one of the top public universities in the country, was founded
in 1819 by Thomas Jefferson.
when a course
engineering was added
to the University’s curriculum, the School of
Engineering and Applied Science has grown to 175 full-time
teaching and research faculty, 50 full-time researchers,
and a student body of more than 1,900 undergraduates
and 600 graduate students
in eight departments.
more information about their research, contact Richard Kent
by phone at (434) 296-7288 or by email at firstname.lastname@example.org;
or, Shayn Peirce by phone at
243-9335 or by email at email@example.com. For more information about the
TR100 awards and Technology Review, contact Kristen Collins,
KMC Partners, by phone
at (617) 833-5574, or by email at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Charlotte Crystal, (434) 924-6858