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Wednesday, July 23, 2003
Kirby, Shepodd, Reichmuth Win R&D 100 Award

A team of Sandia National Laboratories researchers was awarded with an R&D 100 award for its work on materials and surface develoments for high-pressure microfluidic valving systems. Brian Kirby, Tim Shepodd, and Dave Reichmuth were co-inventors and co-developers of the technology. The annual contest, sponsored by the Chicago-based trade magazine R&D Magazine, uses technical experts to help determine the best applied new technologies. One hundred winners are chosen from an international pool of contestants from universities, private corporations, and government labs. The sole criterion for winning, according to a description released by the magazine, is “demonstrable technological significance compared with competing products and technologies.” Properties noted by judges include smaller size, faster speed, greater efficiency, and “higher environmental consciousness.”
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