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Gabriel P. López, Ph.D.

Gabriel P. López, Ph.D. Vice President for Research Professor, Department of Chemical & Biological Engineering Founding Director and Member, Center for Biomedical Engineering The University of New Mexico 2016 RAINFOREST INNOVATION FELLOW A great innovator innovates everywhere. As the 2016 STC Innovation Fellow, this is particularly true of Dr. López who was recognized for his innovative technologies and leadership at UNM. His technologies are unique micro- and nanomaterials and devices that …Read More

C. Jeffrey Brinker, Ph.D.

C. Jeffrey Brinker, Ph.D. Distinguished and Regents’ Professor Emeritus Department of Chemical & Biological Engineering Member, Comprehensive Cancer Center The University of New Mexico 2015 RAINFOREST INNOVATION FELLOW As a 2015 Rainforest Fellow, Dr. Brinker is internationally recognized for his work in advanced materials and as a pioneer in developing sol-gel processing, a method for making inorganic materials molecule by molecule. Over the past two decades he and his research team have developed …Read More

Cheryl L. Willman, M.D.

Cheryl L. Willman, M.D. Director & CEO UNM Comprehensive Cancer Center Distinguished Professor Department of Pathology The Maurice and Marguerite Liberman Distinguished Chair in Cancer Research The University of New Mexico 2015 STC.UNM INNOVATION FELLOW Over the past 20 years, Dr. Willman has served as the Director and CEO of the UNM Comprehensive Cancer Center (UNMCCC). She pioneered the development of the clinical, research, education, and community outreach programs of …Read More

Plamen B. Atanassov, Ph.D.

Plamen B. Atanassov, Ph.D. Chancellor’s Professor Department of Chemical & Biomolecular Engineering University of California, Irvine Formerly, UNM Research Professor Department of Chemical & Biological Engineering The University of New Mexico 2014 STC.UNM INNOVATION FELLOW As the 2014 STC Innovation Fellow, Dr. Atanassov is recognized as an outstanding example of how one individual can have a tremendous impact on fostering a culture of innovation that is felt on the local, …Read More

Graham S. Timmins, Ph.D.

Graham S. Timmins, Ph.D. Associate Professor Department of Pharmaceutical Sciences The University of New Mexico 2013 STC.UNM INNOVATION FELLOW As the 2013 STC Innovation Fellow, Dr. Timmins is recognized for his dedication to improving the diagnosis and treatment of lung diseases that affect the young, the elderly, and disadvantaged populations around the world. He develops stable isotope-labeled compounds as drugs and diagnostics to detect bacteria in the lung, determine drug …Read More

Stephen D. Hersee, Ph.D.

Stephen D. Hersee, Ph.D. Professor Emeritus IEEE Fellow Department of Electrical & Computer Engineering Member, Center for High Technology Materials The University of New Mexico 2012 STC Innovation Fellow As the 2012 STC Innovation Fellow, Dr. Hersee is recognized as an outstanding innovator in developing nanoscale epitaxial materials. Especially gallium nitride (GaN) and related materials that are important for solid-state lighting and high-speed transistors. Since the 1990’s Dr. Hersee’s vision …Read More

Larry A. Sklar, Ph.D.

Larry A. Sklar, Ph.D. Distinguished and Regents’ Professor Department of Pathology Director, Center for Molecular Discovery Member, Comprehensive Cancer Center The University of New Mexico 2011 STC Innovation Fellow As the 2011 STC Innovation Fellow, Dr. Sklar is recognized for his ingenuity and dedication in expanding the vision of drug discovery to save lives. Dr. Sklar has invented new technologies in the areas of signal transduction, cell adhesion, leukocyte biology …Read More

Steven R.J. Brueck, Ph.D.

Steven R. J. Brueck, Ph.D. Distinguished and Professor Emeritus Department of Electrical & Computer Engineering Director Emeritus, Center for High Technology Materials The University of New Mexico 2010 STC.UNM INNOVATION FELLOW As the recipient of the first annual STC.UNM Innovation Fellow Award in 2010, Dr. Brueck was the stand-out choice for exemplifying the spirit of innovation at UNM. As the most prolific inventor at UNM, his technologies continue to receive …Read More

Justin T. Baca, M.D., Ph.D.

Justin T. Baca, M.D., Ph.D. Assistant Professor Department of Emergency Medicine Health Sciences The University of New Mexico Dr. Baca’s research focuses on developing point-of-care diagnostics and devices. As a practicing emergency medicine physician with a research background in analytical chemistry, he works with a broad range of clinicians, scientist, and engineers to develop and test new technologies in a clinical setting.  His recent work includes developing a hand-held sensor …Read More

Gennady Smolyakov, Ph.D.

Gennady Smolyakov, Ph.D. Research Associate Professor Department of Electrical & Computer Engineering Center for High Technology Materials Dr. Smolyakov’s research interests are in the areas of semiconductor injection lasers, physics and simulation of semiconductor quantum-well and quantum-dot devices, colloidal quantum dots, radiation detection, and plasmonic solar water splitting. Dr. Smolyakov and his co-inventors have proposed a new concept of ultrafast transmitters for 4G and 5G wireless networks and data centers, based …Read More