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Konneker Medal

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 2016 medal may be submitted until  Oct. 31, 2016.

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. 


Previous Recipients and News about the Konneker Medal


Konneker Medal

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 ]



17968162682_6234b51aca_z OHIO alumnus Rick Hawkins accepts the Konneker Medal and provides a keynote talk on innovation in Southeast Ohio at the March 31, 2015 event.  (Photo credit: Sway the Crowd Productions)




17348709704_54f35bb911_z Russ College Dean Dennis Irwin accepts the Konneker Medal on behalf of H.T. Chua at the March 31, 2015 event.  (Photo credit: Sway the Crowd Productions)