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Five winners named of 2002 Tech Museum Awards: Technology Benefiting Humanity

Friday, Nov. 8, 2002

SANTA CLARA, Calif., Nov. 7, 2002 -- The Tech Museum Awards: Technology Benefiting Humanity announced five winners in the categories of education, equality, environment, health and economic development.

Each winner picked by a panel of judges assembled by Santa Clara University received a $50,000 cash honorarium to encourage continued innovations and to honor their contributions in applying technology to solve global challenges and improve the lives of people around the world.

The 2002 Tech Museum Award winners are:

Bunker Roy, from The Barefoot College in Rajasthan, India, received The NASDAQ Stock Market Education Award for teaching practical technology skills, from solar power to rainwater harvesting systems, to India's rural poor.

Light Up the World Foundation, located in Alberta, Canada, received The Knight Ridder Equality Award for developing WELDs (White Light Emitting Diodes), an unconventional, affordable, and efficient lighting solution.

International SeaKeepers Society, located in Key Biscayne, FL, received The Intel Environment Award for deploying monitoring equipment on private yachts to provide real-time research data on ocean health, fish populations, and weather conditions.

Andreas Plückthun, from the University of Zurich in Switzerland, received The JPMorgan Chase Health Award for pioneering technology to create recombinant antibodies, which may hold the future to proactively treat cancer and other diseases.

ApproTEC, with offices in San Francisco and Nairobi, Kenya, received The Accenture Economic Development Award for developing an efficient, low-cost, stair-master irrigation pump that allows poor rural farmers to increase production capacity for income.
The Center for Science, Technology, and Society at Santa Clara University once again conducted the impartial judging process for the Tech Museum Awards. Center director Jim Koch had announced the 25 finalists for the awards in September. The center assembled five prestigious panels of judges from around the world — one for each award category area, and each was again chaired by an SCU faculty member.

In addition to the five SCU faculty chairs, the judges are comprised of another 10 SCU faculty, plus CEOs and senior executives from some of the world's largest multinational corporations and thought leaders from research institutions and the public sector. This summer, these panels again reviewed more than 460 nominations from 59 countries, and carefully selected the 25 Laureates.

In addition, six of these SCU faculty and University President Paul Locatelli, S.J., are members of the Global Leadership Council for The Tech Museum Awards, as is alumnus Michael Hackworth.

The SCU faculty participants are:

Jim Koch, chair of the judging process; Paul Soukop, S.J., communication, chair of judges for The NASDAQ Education Award; Emile McAnany, communication, member of education panel; Allen S. Hammond, law, chair of judges for The Knight Ridder Equality Award; Christine Bachen, communication, and Hans-Peter Dommel, computer engineering, members of the equality panel; Dorothy Glancy, law, chair of judges for The Intel Environment Award; William Eisinger, biology, and Amy Schacher, chemistry, members of the environmental panel; Leilani Miller, biology, chair of The JP Morgan Chase Health Award; Neil Quinn, computer engineering, and Craig Stephens, biology, members of the health panel; Alexander Field, economics, chair of judges for The Accenture Economic Development Award; Michael Kevane, economics, and Andrew Starbird, operations and management information systems, members of the development panel.

For more information about the Center for Science, Technology, and Society, call 408-551-1789, or see

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