The Eureka Factor
Well before it became a vacuum cleaner company's brand name, and even before the word made its way onto The Great Seal of the State of California, the word "eureka" was simply Greek for "I found it!" Legend has it that, over 2,000 years ago, the mathematician Archimedes solved one of the ancient world's greatest scientific problems while sitting in his large wooden bathtub. "Eureka!" he cried excitedly after he'd figured out the puzzle – he'd discovered that a precise volume of water would be displaced by a solid of equal volume. In this case, the solid was Archimedes himself. he was so excited that he purportedly jumped out of the tub and into the street, naked, shouting at everyone he encountered, "I found it!"
We're not quite that excited down here at the offices of Inside Memphis Business – we're keeping our clothes on – but we are very pleased this month to announce the recipients of our Third Annual Innovation Awards, presented in conjunction with the Fogelman College of Business & Economics at the University of Memphis.
Once again, the competition was stiff; it's remarkable what wonderfully innovative projects are going on inside the research centers of our private and public institutions, and inside the homes and garages of individual Memphians. After reading the next few pages, I think you'll agree with me that all four of this year's winners are truly worthy honorees.
Keep in mind what these awards are all about. Much as we all value business acumen and financial success, this celebration is not about entrepreneurship or profitability. The Innovation Awards salute vision and endurance, and most of all, they celebrate real breakthroughs. There's nothing inevitable about what our winners have done. These are real people solving real problems.
Special thanks again to Dr. Rajiv Grover, Dean of the Fogelman College, and to our now well-experienced panel of judges, who graciously adjudicated these awards for a third straight year and, clearly, took their mission very seriously. The results speak for themselves. Thank you all for your excellent efforts.
- Kenneth Neill, Publisher
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