Without inventors, you'd be reading this blog by deciphering images drawn on a cave wall, instead of on a device small enough to fit in your pocket.
National Inventors' Day is celebrated annually in the U.S. on Feb. 11, which just so happens to be the birthday of one of the most famous inventors of all time: Thomas Edison. Edison is one of a number of inventors with Ohio ties - the Wright brothers (aviation), Charles Richter (Richter Scale), and Josephine Cochrane (dishwasher), to name a few. With our Ohio roots, Battelle is proud to contribute to the noteworthy history of life-changing innovations stemming from this state.
At Battelle, we consider ourselves very fortunate to have some of the brightest and most creative minds walking our hallways and working in our labs. Our intellectual capital is the lifeblood of our business, and we make sure to show our appreciation to those employees who turn their ideas into realities.
We annually recognize the many employees who are named on U.S. patents (there were more than 50 of them last year). We call out those who've received multiple patents and give them the title of Distinguished Inventors. And we annually name one standout employee as Inventor of the Year.
Senior Research Scientist Ram Lalgudi is Battelle's reigning Inventor of the Year. His efforts with encapsulation (creating formulations using ingredients that are normally incompatible) are providing innovative solutions to some of the world's most pressing problems. Learn about Ram's work with the Battelle Smart Corrosion Detector® bead and the Battelle Smart Laundry Capsule™ additive.
As we gear up for our annual Celebration of Solvers event in April, where employees are recognized for outstanding achievements, we look forward to naming our newest Inventor of Year. We can't wait to see what ideas he or she has percolating.