This award is designed to highlight any innovation that was employed to battle the worldwide COVID-19 pandemic. This is not limited to medical or pharmaceutical entries—newly developed products and services as diverse as software, safety equipment, or AI that had an impact will be considered.
FEVER: Fast Evaluation of Viral Emerging Risks - GOLD
Platforms develops optimized biosurveillance tools for pathogens.
EpiGrid - SILVER
The nimble and user-friendly software package provides tools for analytical epidemiological decision support.
EpiCast: Simulating Disease Epidemics with Extreme Detail - GOLD
The agent-based simulation uses synthetic, representative populations to simulate infectious disease transmission in the U.S. in tremendous detail. The simulation models human behavior combined with community-specific information to provide a fine-grained projection of the effect of potential mitigation strategies for decision makers. During the COVID-19 pandemic, the CDC and the New Mexico Department of Health used EpiCast simulations to examine what-if scenarios of the combined impact of different intervention strategies.
Sara Del Valle led the Los Alamos team of Timothy Germann, Geoffrey Fairchild, Carrie Manore, Manhong Z. Smith, Lori Dauelsberg, Terece Turton, Morgan Gorris, Chrysm Ross, James Ahrens, Daniel Hemphill, and Kaitlyn M. Martinez.
From an engineering and societal perspective, efficiency and environmental factors play an increasingly important role in the world today. R&D World wants to recognize those innovations that help make our environment greener and our goal towards energy reduction closer.
LightSlingers - GOLD
The novel type of broadband antenna “slings” tightly focused wave packets precisely toward a target location.
Oleo-Furan Surfactants Made from Renewable Biomass - BRONZE
Oleo-furan surfactants (OFS) is a new class of non-toxic, non-irritating cleaning agents (surfactants) for laundry detergent. It is the only surfactant that performs effectively in cold water and in hard water, without additional chemicals that other detergents must use to bind the minerals in hard water. OFS can be produced readily from sustainable, bioderived molecules that don’t tax the environment or compete with the food supply chain.
Andrew Sutton of Los Alamos National Laboratory led the Los Alamos team of Cameron Moore and Xiao (Claire) Yang. Christoph Krumm of Sironix Renewables led collaborators from Sironix.
Engineered Quantum Dots for Luminescent Solar Concentrators
A recipient of the Green Technology Special Recognition Award was the Los Alamos innovation called Turning Windows and Building Facades into Energy-Producing Solar Panels: Engineered Quantum Dots for Luminescent Solar Concentrators.
These revolutionary semitransparent windows contain highly emissive semiconductor nanocrystals (quantum dots) that collect sunlight for photovoltaics and provide a desired degree of shading. The material can turn windows and building facades into electrical generators of nonpolluting power. The nontoxic dots absorb the sunlight, re-emit it at a longer wavelength and waveguide it towards edge-installed photovoltaic cells to produce electricity. This technology can transform once-passive building facades into power-generation units, which can be particularly useful in densely populated areas.
Los Alamos submitted the joint entry with co-developer University of Milano-Bicocca. Victor I. Klimov of Physical Chemistry and Applied Spectroscopy led the team of Kirill Velizhanin of Physics and Chemistry of Materials, Hunter McDaniel (former Los Alamos postdoctoral researcher, currently with UbiQD LLC), Sergio Brovelli, and Francesco Meinardi (University of Milano-Bicocca).
This award is designed to highlight any service from any category as one that forever changed the R&D industry or a particular vertical within the industry. No matter what the specific service is, the focus should be on industry impact.
BioManIAC: Bioplastics Manufacturing with Intelligent Adaptive Control - BRONZE
The technology revolutionizes the process of polymer design and optimization for bioplastics production of biodegradable material.
Terra Spotlight: A New Paradigm in Rapid Change Detection Using Satellite Images - SILVER
The software accomplishes what once seemed impossible: automatic identification of changes in satellite-based imagery collected from multiple independent imaging systems. The rigorous mathematical framework implicitly aligns the disparate sensing systems for multi-satellite, multi-physics data fusion, and rapid discovery of important changes on the Earth’s surface. Terra Spotlight uses more data collected from existing satellite imaging sensors without requiring investment in additional expensive satellite platforms.
Amanda Ziemann led the Los Alamos team of James Theiler and Christopher Ren
SmartTensors AI Platform - BRONZE
Crucial signals can be overlooked in big data. SmartTensors AI Platform uses unsupervised machine learning to transform and compress hundreds of trillions of data bytes into manageable pieces of information. Identifying hidden patterns in the data facilitates the discovery of new phenomena and new mechanisms, which enables informed decisions. Applications include analyses in medicine, disease spread and prediction, energy extraction, material science, carbon sequestration, climate change, economy, infrastructure stability, anomaly detection, text mining, and national security.
Boian Alexandrov and Velimir “Monty” Vesselinov led the Los Alamos team of Bulbul Ahmmed, James Ahrens, Manish Bhattarai, Gopinath Chennupati, Derek DeSantis, Hristo Djidjev, Maksim Erin, Namita Karat, Daniel Livingston, Maruti Mudunuru, Ben Nebgen, Dan O’Malley, John Patchett, Elijah Pelofske, Lakshman Prasad, Jesus Pulido, Kim Rasmussen, Adam Rupe, Erik Skau, Justin Sybrandt, Carl James Talsma, Duc Truong, Ravi Vangara, and Neda Vesselinova
Cluster Integrity, Exception Resolution, and Reclustering Algorithm - GOLD
CIERRA is the first and only software that routinely identifies the most extraordinary and unpredictable type of lightning–megaflashes providing unprecedented quality data for further research. At the forefront of extreme lightning research, CIERRA improves environmental hazard awareness by issuing rapid notifications when a storm starts generating megaflashes, enhancing public safety, weather, and wildfire predictions.
Michael Peterson (LANL) and University of Maryland
Smart Microbial Cell Technology - SILVER
Smart Microbial Cell Technology is an ultra‐high‐throughput biocatalyst screening platform that alleviates the bioengineering testing bottleneck, finds efficient and useful biocatalysts, and delivers optimized custom biocatalysts, accelerating biocatalyst discovery and essential industrial applications like pharmaceuticals and renewable energy. Smart Microbial Cell Technology is a significant breakthrough in biocatalyst discovery, engineering, and evolution, with benefits that will ripple across society.
LANL team: Taraka Dale, Ramesh Jha, and Charlie Strauss
This award is designed to highlight any product from any category as one that has changed the game in any industry. No matter what the specific product is, the focus should be on industry impact. Was your product a game changer in the last year?
GRID-BAL: Grid Regulation Delivered by Aggregations of Loads - GOLD
Coordinates residential air conditioners to enhance electric grid reliability.
Rapid Response Steel Tooling using Additive Manufacturing - GOLD
Technology builds hardened machine tooling.