New ideas. New devices. New processes. New methods. Innovation is all of these. Different from invention, innovation is not focused on creating a new product. More often, innovation is centered in creativity. It involves taking a creative approach to something known, something done, and giving it new life — thus, a new audience or a new market. The emphasis on innovation at UNT transcends any one area of study, or department, or school. It breaks down walls and silos, allowing for creativity across multiple disciplines — thus dynamic outcomes. The UNT Office of Research and Innovation is pleased to introduce and present the inaugural UN Innovator Awards. UNT believes strongly that great ideas can come from anyone, anywhere. We know, too, that it takes special people to bring innovation to light. UNT is proud to introduce you to some special people — our award winners, innovators all.
Faculty Innovator — Guido Verbeck, associate professor of chemistry
Staff Innovator — Peter Palacios, geographic information systems manager
Graduate Student Innovator — Derek Nelson, biology doctoral
Undergraduate Student Innovator — Christopher Kennedy, biology senior