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Research Open House Awards

Congratulations to this year’s in-person Research Open House award winners. We celebrate you, your accomplishments, and the future of your achievements.

People’s Choice Award – 

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Greg Sheward (far right) and Jason Vigneri-Beane (far left) at the Research Yard interacting with Research Open House attendees.

Sustainability Award – The research that best represents the importance, possibilities, or the future of sustainability.

  • Awarded to: Helio Takai and Cindie Kehlet, School of Liberal Arts and Sciences, and Karol Murlak, School of Design, for Aqua-Sacs 
Helio Takai presenting his winning project and research accelerator, the Environmental Exploration Lab, which has permanent space in Pratt’s new research facility where the event took place.

Innovation Award – The research that offers the most unique approach to the research/creative process or the most unique outcome.

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Meta Brunzema explaining the project she’s working on that received a DEI Seed Grant earlier this year.
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Anthony Cocciolo standing by his research poster, which contains information on his award winning project.

Impact Award – The research that shows the greatest impact in the local community, and/or national community, and/or in the scholarly community, and/or in business or government.

Start-Up Power Award –  The research that suggests the great possibility to become a for-profit start-up or a non-profit organization. Awarded to: Lawrence Blough, David Burney, and Deborah Gans, School of Architecture, for the Co-Housing Center

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Lawrence Blough at the Research Open House on March 10th, 2023.