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This year marked an incredible time of innovation and evolution in the scien- tific and technological communities. It is R&D Magazine’s privilege to be the true signal of achievement across so many industries. We reflect these
successes through the well-known, prestigious R&D 100 Awards program which
has touched so many professionals over its rich 53-year history. By simply following the R&D 100s over the decades, you’ll get a clear view of trending indicators
of innovation and significant breakthroughs that have influenced so many lives
around the globe.
The R&D 100 Awards showcase the companies,
technologies and new products that are on the cut-
ting edge of research and development. And the year
2015 is no different—except for one new tradition.
This year, we are focused on the achievements of
many more companies and their R&D teams with this
special edition of R&D Magazine—the 2015 R&D
100 Finalist Special Issue. With this edition, we acknowledge the noteworthy
top technology innovations unveiled in the past 15 months that our judging
panels felt deserved high recognition as Finalists. We are devoting this issue to
their achievements across five major categories—Analytical/Test, IT/Electrical,
Mechanical/Materials, Process/Prototyping, and Software/Services.
It’s an abundant collection of innovations. As you peruse the descriptions, you’ll
understand the direct impact they will have on the technology and processes
that affect millions of people and bring us closer to real-world solutions. They
represent significant gains in scientific and technical knowledge that are positioned to move us forward in research for human disease, the environment,
energy, data and much more. You’ll definitely want to keep this issue on hand for
many years to come to chronicle the growth of these global industries and the
rapid pace of innovation.
The R&D 100 Awards are set to be unveiled on November 13 in Las Vegas at
Caesars Palace as we honor all of these outstanding Finalists—and announce
“The One Hundred.” Special Recognition Awards and Editor’s Choice Awards
are also on tap for that evening—and we invite everyone to enter their best innovations for the 2016 R&D 100s as nominations are open! Industry professionals
have learned the value of the R&D 100 Awards program and that becoming part
of it brings not only prestige, but visibility as well.
Congratulations are also on order for the scientist who graces this R&D Magazine cover—Astronaut Scott Kelly, who is still circling the globe in his year-long
space mission. It is our great privilege to announce him as our Scientist of the
Year in this special issue. His journey and work in space makes an amazing story.
At the R&D 100 Awards ceremony, we’ll also announce the Innovator of the Year,
Skylar Tibbits, who directs MIT’s Self-Assembly Lab and creates novel manufacturing processes. Look for his profile in the upcoming November/December
issue—along with all of the R&D 100 Award Winners—as we celebrate the high
achievements of everyone and look forward to new moments of discovery.