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Konneker Medal

konneker medal pic The Konneker Medal. Credit: Kaitlin Owens/Ohio University.


The Ohio University Foundation established the Konneker Medal for Commercialization and Entrepreneurship to recognize current and former faculty members or students who have demonstrated excellence in innovation, invention, commercialization and entrepreneurship. Up to three awards will be given each year.

The award is named for Wilfred Konneker, an Ohio University alumnus with a distinguished record in research and entrepreneurship. He received his bachelor's degree in chemistry in 1943 and his master's degree in physics and astronomy in 1947. He received a doctoral degree in nuclear physics from Washington University in 1950.

Konneker founded the Nuclear Consultants Corporation in St. Louis, Missouri, and either founded or co-founded six additional high-tech start-up companies. The alumnus was instrumental in the establishment of Ohio University's small business incubator, the Innovation Center, as well as the university biotechnology spin-off company Diagnostic Hybrids, Inc. He was one of the principle architects of the Cutler Scholars program. The research laboratories housing the Edison Biotechnology Institute at the Ridges were named in his honor to recognize his leadership and service. The Konneker Alumni Center also was named for the alumnus and his wife, Ann Lee. Konneker was a member of the Ohio University Foundation Board of Trustees.


Nomination Process


Nominations for the 2017 medal may be submitted until Tuesday, Oct. 31, 2017.

Nominations should consist of a letter and an optional appendix of supporting documentation. Entries should address, and will be judged by the degree to which they establish, a record of demonstrated excellence in innovation, invention, commercialization and entrepreneurship by the nominee. Submissions should be sent electronically to Joseph Shields, vice president for research and creative activity, at  research@ohio.edu.

The selection committee, which is chaired by the vice president, will include the director of the Technology Transfer Office, one dean and two faculty members. The committee will make its selection by Dec. 1. Up to three awards may be given per year. The Konneker Medal will be presented to the recipient(s) in February 2018.


Previous Recipients and News about the Konneker Medal


Ohio University recognizes the faculty, staff and student inventors of 2016 [ read more ]

Jake Sigal to receive 2016 Konneker Medal [ read more ]

Winston Breeden III, Joseph Jachinowski, receive 2015 Konneker Medal [ read more ]

Rick Hawkins, Hua-Thye Chua receive 2014 Konneker Medal [ read more ]

Beale named recipient of 2013 Konneker Medal for Commercialization and Entrepreneurship [ read more ]

David Scholl, John Kopchick receive 2012 Konneker Medal [ read more ]

Wilfred Konneker discusses the Konneker Medal [ video ]

Siblings create winning design for new medal that celebrates innovation [ read more ] [ view design submission and its explanation ]


inventors dinner group pic Ohio University President Roderick McDavis, far left, and Vice President for Research and Creative Activity Joseph Shields, far right, present the 2016 Konneker Medal to the family of Jake Sigal. From left to right, father-in-law Chris Hilyard, parents Reta and Bernie Sigal, and wife Abbee Sigal. Credit: Kaitlin Owens/Ohio University.