December 10, 2012

UT’s Inventors of the Year


Grant Willson and S.V. Sreenivasan

It’s said that necessity is the mother of invention. If so, then surely education is the father. When the two come together in a place like The University of Texas at Austin, great things happen. Last week we honored two faculty members as our Inventors of the Year through UT’s Office of Technology Commercialization.

S.V. Sreenivasan is a professor of mechanical engineering and the Thornton Centennial Fellow in Engineering. His innovations in imprint lithography help create the extremely small features required in today’s semiconductor memory devices and have applications in emerging display, hard disk drive and light-emitting diodes, solar energy, and biotechnology.

Grant Willson is a professor of chemistry and chemical engineering whose research involves the design and synthesis of functional organic materials with emphasis on materials for microelectronics. His work, supported by grants from both government and industry, has enabled the manufacturing of smaller, faster, and more efficient microelectronic components. He was awarded the National Medal for Technology and Innovation by President George W. Bush.

In addition, Molecular Imprints Inc., the company these two faculty members cofounded, has become a model for how top research institutions can partner with business to bring new technologies to market.

I congratulate Dr. Sreenivasan and Dr. Willson for their momentous contributions to society, the full scope of which we won’t know for many decades to come. I also honor the efforts of all the University’s many inventors. It is never more evident than on occasions like this that what starts here changes the world.


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9 Responses to “UT’s Inventors of the Year”

  1. Dinesh Srirangpatna says:


  2. P.K.PALAMI says:

    I am really proud to think that my classmate has been achieving heights and I wish him many more laurels to his credit.
    (1987 Batch RECT, Production)
    Currently: Associate professor/Mech, GCT, Coimbatore)

  3. Kalyan says:

    This one is from SV’s undergrad batch-mates .. Terrific recognition of a tensile toughie’s capabilities. Way to go, mate ! Congrats and wish you, Dr. Willson, Molecular Imprints and UT many more successes. Greetings from India.

  4. Jim Reeves, MD says:

    Grant: Congratulations for a job well done.

    Jim Reeves, MD

  5. F Ciuba says:

    Congratulations SV and Grant. Yea Molecular, Hook’em!

  6. Austin Collins says:

    I’m proud to say I’m an ex-Wilson. He carries the same passion into the classroom that he had in the industry. Glad he’s getting this recognition!

  7. Angie Hodge says:

    Congratulations to you both on your many accomplishments.

  8. V.R.Satyanarayana RAO says:

    Very happy to congradulate”UT’s INVENTORS OF THE YEAR”

  9. Vidhu Shekhar Chaturvedi says: