The Society of Innovators at Purdue University Northwest is seeking nominations for the 2020 Innovators Awards.
Awards will be presented to individuals and teams. Honorees also will be selected for two inaugural awards including the Richard C. Sussman Prize for Team Innovation and the John H. Davies Lifetime Achievement Award.
“The Society of Innovators has a storied history of creating a buzz around innovation found in every corner of our region,” said Sheila Matias, executive director of the society of innovators. “By honoring innovators, we help our community to realize that the creative energy of innovation and innovators can be found in every shop, in every business and in every organization across Northwest Indiana.”
The Society of innovators launched in 2005 to celebrate the spirit of creativity and ingenuity by celebrating innovators from across the seven-county region of Northwest Indiana. The organization affiliated with Purdue University Northwest in August 2018 after Ivy Tech Community College ended its affiliation with the group.
Nominations are being accepted online through Aug. 21. Honorees will be selected by a committee through a rigorous process, which will be guided by society board-approved criteria. The selection committee will be comprised by members selected by the organization’s board of directors.
“Northwest Indiana is known as a global center of heavy industry,” said Gary Johnson, president of Mortar Net Solutions and board chair of the Society of Innovators. “Often overlooked are important innovations developed locally in other sectors such as technology and not-for-profit enterprises (and) these awards present an opportunity for the community to bring to light the innovators around us and for the 2020 honorees into the Society to join more than 1,000 innovators inducted into the society over the past 15 years.”