CONGRATULATIONS TO OUR 2024 AWARDS RECIPIENTS!

The IRI Innovation Excellence Awards represent an unwavering commitment to innovation and pushing the boundaries to set new organizational standards in research and development. These awards honor both organizations and individuals whose outstanding vision and tireless pursuit of excellence is already impacting our lives today and shaping the industries of tomorrow.  

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IRI Innovation Leadership Award (Individual)  

This award celebrates visionary leaders whose exceptional contributions and transformative influence have significantly advanced the landscape of innovation.  

Edward F. Rakiewicz – PPG

Summary based on judges’ comments regarding Edward F. Rakiewicz 

Edward F. Rakiewicz’s receipt of the IRI Innovation Leadership Award from PPG is met with admiration for his significant contributions, accomplishments, and exemplary leadership qualities. His development and implementation of the technical strategy for PPG ZIRCOBOND® pretreatment, utilized in millions of cars, exemplifies his innovative prowess and strategic vision. With a substantial patent portfolio and successful ventures in aerospace and sustainable product expansion, Rakiewicz has left an indelible mark on PPG’s innovation landscape.

Omkaram Nalamasu – Applied Materials

Summary based on judges’ comments regarding Omkaram Nalamasu 

Omkaram Nalamasu’s recognition with the IRI Innovation Leadership Award from Applied Materials is acknowledged with respect for his extensive contributions and leadership role as President of Applied Ventures, the company’s investment arm. His team’s development of a crucial technology addressing cost barriers in the OLED TV market highlights his innovative prowess and strategic vision. Nalamasu’s long and impactful career, particularly as Chief Technology Officer at Applied Materials, underscores his significant impact on the industry and brings much experience to the innovation field.

IRI Promising Young Innovation Professional Award (Individual)

The IRI Promising Young Innovation Professional Award recognizes individuals 35 and under at the time of nomination who have already begun to make an impact in the field of innovation in their organization, inspiring others to follow in their footsteps. 

Rebecca Seigelman – Dupont

Summary based on judges’ comments regarding Rebecca Siegelman

Rebecca Siegelman’s receipt of the IRI Promising Young Innovation Professional Award from Dupont reflects her remarkable achievements and contributions. She stands out for her outstanding commercial impacts across diverse fields and a solid commitment to community engagement. In roles such as scientist, project manager, and talent recruiter, Siegelman’s accomplishments, including the prestigious R&D 100 Award, underscore her significant influence on innovation. Her prolific publication record and proactive patent applications demonstrate her dedication and expertise. Overall, Siegelman emerges as a standout candidate, embodying the qualities of a promising and influential innovation professional. (Peiwan Zheng accepting on behalf of Rebecca.)

Peiwan Zheng accepting on behalf of Rebecca.

IRI Excellence Award for Innovation in Sustainability (Company)  

The IRI Excellence Award for Innovation in Sustainability is designed to recognize recent outstanding achievement and projects that have made a meaningful impact and significant contribution to sustainability efforts in their organization or industry. 

Global Paper Products, Sonoco

Summary based on judges’ comments regarding Sonoco Alloyd

The Sonoco Alloy, recipient of the IRI Excellence Award for Innovation in Sustainability, is hailed as a highly impactful and targeted sustainability initiative. Its focused approach and tangible outcomes make it a standout winner, with potential for significant positive impacts. Notably, the project’s emphasis on creating jobs by using byproducts underscores its practicality and potential for socio-economic advancement. This recognition highlights the project’s effectiveness in addressing sustainability challenges while generating meaningful benefits for communities and industries. (Scott Hartley accepting on behalf of Sonoco)

Sonoco Website

IRI Excellence Award for Outstanding Innovative Culture (Company)

The Excellence Award for Outstanding Innovative Culture recognizes organizations that foster inclusive, diverse, equitable, and psychologically safe workplaces – cultivating an environment where innovation thrives. It honors companies championing upskilling and professional development to ensure their teams’ adaptability and success in a rapidly changing world.  

Orsted

Summary based on judges’ comments regarding the Orsted

Orsted’s IRI Excellence Award for Outstanding Innovative Culture win is commendable for their pioneering initiative to “Democratize AI.” Their commitment goes beyond passive monitoring, actively engaging their entire organization in applying AI across various domains. While utilizing AI for efficiency improvement may seem commonplace, Orsted’s approach stands out for its inclusive and proactive stance toward integrating AI throughout its operations. Although still in its nascent stage, the potential for innovation and tangible improvements through democratizing AI within Orsted is promising, marking a significant step towards fostering a culture of innovation within the company.

Orsted Website

IRI Excellence Award for Digital and Technological Innovation (Company)  

The IRI Excellence Award for Digital and Technological Innovation recognizes outstanding achievements in the development or application of digital and technological solutions. The award seeks to inspire innovation and encourage organizations and teams to push the boundaries of what’s possible in their respective industries.  

Dow Inc.

Summary based on judges’ comments regarding the Dow Inc.

Remarkable platform designed for the B2B realm, lauded for its customer-centric approach that elevates the customer journey. Judges recognized the platform for its innovation and potential to enhance customer experiences; this platform represents a significant milestone for Dow Inc. Its positive impact is evident in its ability to streamline development processes and foster greater efficiency.

Dow Inc. Website

Life Achievement Award

Jim Euchner

2023 Holland Award Winner

Michael Obal (one of the authors accepting the award)

Nominations are closed for the
2024 IRI Innovation Excellence Awards

Have you submitted your nominations for individuals and teams pushing the boundaries to set new organizational standards in innovation?

The IRI Innovation Excellence Awards represent an unwavering commitment to innovation and pushing the boundaries to set new organizational standards in research and development. These awards honor organizations and individuals whose outstanding vision and tireless pursuit of excellence are already impacting our lives today and shaping the industries of tomorrow.

Companies of all sizes and industries are encouraged to participate. Additionally, consultants and university partners are encouraged to nominate their colleagues to recognize their accomplishments. Deadline to submit is February 15, 2024!

Award winners will be announced on May 16, 2024 at Innovators Summit!

IRI Innovation Leadership Award (Individual) 

This award celebrates visionary leaders whose exceptional contributions and transformative influence have significantly advanced the landscape of innovation.

IRI Excellence Award for Innovation in Sustainability (Company) 

The IRI Excellence Award for Innovation in Sustainability is designed to recognize recent outstanding achievements and projects that have made a meaningful impact and significant contribution to sustainability efforts in their organization or industry.

IRI Excellence Award for Outstanding Innovative Culture (Company)

The Excellence Award for Outstanding Innovative Culture recognizes organizations that foster inclusive, diverse, equitable, and psychologically safe workplaces – cultivating an environment where innovation thrives. It honors companies championing upskilling and professional development to ensure their teams’ adaptability and success in a rapidly changing world.

IRI Excellence Award for Digital and Technological Innovation (Company)

The IRI Excellence Award for Digital and Technological Innovation recognizes outstanding achievements in the development or application of digital and technological solutions. The award seeks to inspire innovation and encourage organizations and teams to push the boundaries of what’s possible in their respective industries.

IRI Excellence Award in Scientific Advancement (Company)

The IRI Excellence Award in Scientific Advancement is presented annually to innovation teams that have demonstrated remarkable leadership and accomplishment in scientific advancements.

IRI Promising Young Innovation Professional Award (Individual)

The IRI Promising Young Innovation Professional Award recognizes individuals 35 and under at the time of nomination who have already begun to make an impact in the field of innovation in their organization, inspiring others to follow in their footsteps.

Who should enter the IRI Innovation Excellence Awards? This program is for you if:

  • You’re an innovator using technology to improve operational performance or become more sustainable
  • You have created a more collaborative, engaged office culture that celebrates innovation.
  • You have a high-performing leader (or up-and-coming leader) driving your sustainability initiatives
  • You are a consultant or university partner working on an exciting new project with a company to do any of the above.

Nominations are being accepted through February 15th, 2024.  Questions? Reach out to Victoria Kanevsky for additional information.

CONGRATULATIONS TO OUR 2023 AWARDS RECIPIENTS!

It is with great pleasure that we announce the winners of the 2023 IRI Excellence Awards and the IRI Innovation Leadership Award. These honor the outstanding achievements and contributions of IRI’s member organizations across several categories. Congratulations to our 2023 Award Winners!

Dr. Alexa Dembek (DuPont)

IRI Innovation Leadership Award

For her  exceptional leadership and vision in driving innovation and transformation, resulting in significant contributions to her organization, industry, and society. Her work at DuPont has set the standard for environmental, social, and governance (ESG) leadership.

Michelman

IRI Excellence Award for Corporate Citizenship Award

For strong commitment to sustainable chemistry in the design of their products and technologies, and for establishing partnerships with other organizations to drive sustainable innovation.

Lam Research Corporation

IRI Excellence Award for Culture of Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion Award

For their robust programs supporting diversity, equity, and inclusion, and for creating a workplace where all employees feel welcomed, respected, safe, and valued.

The Lubrizol Corporation

IRI Excellence Award for Digital and Technological Innovation

For the development of Q.life, a virtual testing and data analytics system that enables the company to rapidly develop and launch new products, reduce costs, and improve efficiency.

DuPont

IRI Excellence Award for Member Engagement

For demonstrating exceptional commitment to engaging with and contributing knowledge to the IRI community, and advancing the field of innovation management.

PPG Industries

IRI Excellence Award for Scientific Advancement

For the development of Copper Armor Antimicrobial (in partnership with Corning Incorporated), a breakthrough product in the paint industry and a valuable tool in reducing the spread of diseases.

Holland Award Crystal

Maurice Holland Award Recipients

D. Bruce Merrifield (1982) Warren R. Stumpe (1983) George E. Manners, Jr., Joseph A. Steger, Thomas W. Zimmerer (1984) Robert A. Frosch (1985) Richard N. Foster, Alan M. Kantrow, Lawrence H. Linden, Roger L. Whiteley (1986) Harry W. Coover (1987) Roland W. Schmitt (1988) Lester C. Krogh, Julianne H. Prager, David P. Sorensen, John D. Tomlinson (1989) Albert C. Perrino, James W. Tipping (1990) Robert G. Cooper (1991) Walter L. Robb (1992) Graham R. Mitchell (1993) C. K. Prahalad (1994) Robert G. Cooper (1995) Mark R. Gallon and Harold M. Stillman (1996) Deb Chatterji (1997) Sheldon A. Buckler (1998) John Seely Brown (1999) William C. Herbein, Robert C. Morris, and Gregory R. Smith (2000) Ian C. MacMillan and Rita Gunther McGrath (2001) Marc H. Meyer and Paul C. Mugge (2002) Robin A. Karol, Ross C. Loeser, and Richard H. Tait (2003) Jeffrey T. Glass, Ingrid M. Ensing, and Gerardine DeSanctis (2004) Jay Paap and Ralph Katz (2005) Miles P. Drake, Nabil Y. Sakkab, and Ronald Jonash (2007) Raymond R. Cosner, E. Jefferson Hynds, Alan R. Fusfeld, Carl V. Loweth, Charles Scouten, and Richard Albright (2008) Paul B. Germeraad and Ronald P. Taylor (2009) Seongkeun Jang, Yongki Yoon, Inseong Lee, and Jinwoo Kim (2010) William Banholzer (2011) Bilal Kaafarani and Jane Edison Stevenson (2012) Peter Toft, Bill Crandall, and Paul Henderson (2013) Ray O. Johnson and John D. Evans (2014) Abhijit Ganguly and James Euchner (2015) Anita Friis Sommer, Christian Hedegaard, Iskra Dukovska-Popovska, and Kenn Steger-Jensen (2016) Emily B.Kennedy and Thomas A. Marting (2017), Andrew Harrison (2018), Robert Cooper and Anita Friis Sommer (2019); Sihem Ben Mahmoud-Jouini, Didier Boulet, and Sebastian Fixson (2020); Pam Henderson, Terry Rosenstiel, and Kent Young (2021); Kah-hin Chai, James Nebus, Annapoornima S. Subramanian (2022); Dirk J Primus (2023)

IRI medal

Previous IRI Medalists (Legacy Award)

Willis Rodney Whitney (1946) Charles Allen Thomas (1947) Garnes Slayter (1948) Vannevar Bush (1949) Frank Baldwin Jewett (1950) Randolph Thomas Major (1951) Roy Chester Newton (1952) Eger Vaughan Murphree (1953) Mervin Joe Kelly ( 1954) Ernest Henry Volwiler (1955) Victor Conquest (1956) Clifford Fred Rassweiler (1957) Elmer William Engstrom (1958) Frank Koch Schoenfeld (1959) Augustus Braun Kinzel (1960) Max Tishler (1961) Chauncey Guy Suits (1962) James Brown Fisk (1963) Ray Harold Boundy (1964) Edwin Herbert Land (1965) Paul Lawrence Salzberg (1966) Emanual Ruben Piore (1967) John Hans Dessauer (1968) Patrick Eugene Haggerty (1969) William Oliver Baker (1970) Henri Busignies (1971) Peter Carl Goldmark (1972) William Earl Shoupp (1973) Robert William Cairns (1974) James Hillier (1975) Hendrik B.G. Casimir (1976) John J. Burns (1977) Malcolm E. Pruitt (1978) Arthur M. Bueche (1979) Lewis H. Sarett (1981) Wm. Houston Armistead (1981) N. Bruce Hannay (1982) Edward E. David Jr. (1983) Harry W. Coover (1984) Ralph E. Gomory (1985) George E. Pake (1986) Ian M. Ross (1987) Abraham B. Cohen (1988) Roland W. Schmitt (1989) Edward M. Scolnick (1990) Mary L. Good (1991) John S. Mayo (1992) George H. Heilmeier (1993) Walter L. Robb (1994) John J. Wise (1995) Robert A. Frosch (1996) Donald E. Elson (1997) Arno A. Penzias (1998) John Seely Brown (1999) Gordon F. Brunner (2000) Phillip Needleman (2001) Charles W. Deneka (2002) Lewis S. Edelheit (2003) John W. Miley (2004) Paul M. Horn (2005) David O. Swain (2006) Nabil Y. Sakkab (2007) Ralph Snyderman (2008) Norman R. Augustine (2009) Nicholas M. Donofrio (2010) Uma Chowdhry (2011) F. Emil Jacobs (2012) Robert S. Langer (2013) George M. Whitesides (2013) Joseph DeSimone (2014) Subra Suresh (2015) Peter H. Diamandis (2016) Vinton G. Cerf (2016) Henry Chesbrough (2017) Joichi Ito (2017) Yann LeCun (2018)
Leroy Hood (2019), David Wineland (2020), Demis Hassabis (2021)
Achievement Award Bird

IRI Achievement Award Past Recipients (Legacy Award)

William F. Gresham (1974) William G. Pfann (1975) Maurice R. Hilleman (1976) LeGrand Van Uitert (1977) Robert H. Wentoff, Jr. (1978) Frank B. Colton (1979) Stanley D. Stookey (1980) Andrew H. Bobeck (1981) Robert N. Noyce (1982) Herbert W. Boyer (1983) John W. Backus (1984) Allan S. Hay (1985) John E. Franz (1986) Robert D. Maurer (1987) Howard G. Rogers (1988) Alfred Yi Cho (1989) Robert H. Dennard (1990) Leonard S. Cutler (1991) Victor Mills (1992) Richard H. Frenkiel (1993) Marvin M. Johnson (1994) Marinus Los (1995) Andrzej M. Pawlak (1996) Stephanie L. Kwolek (1997) Simon F. Campbell (1998) James E. West (1999) Harry W. Coover (2000) C. Don Bateman (2001) George H. Beall (2002) Madan M. Bhasin (2003) Edith M. Flanigan (2004) Dennis M. Richie ( 2005) Paul D. Trokhan ( 2006) Rakesh Agrawal (2007) Dean L. Kamen (2008) Ashok J. Joshi (2009) Linden Blue (2010) Richard Hayes (2011) John J. Curro (2012) Charles “Chuck” Hull (2015), Tan Le (2018)