Innovators Hall of Fame

Now taking nominations for the

Innovators Hall of Fame 2023!

SCoR created the Alaska Innovators Hall of Fame in 2014 to celebrate and honor outstanding individuals and inventions that put Alaska on the map as leaders in innovation and to contribute to Alaska’s growing culture of ingenuity.

SCoR invites nominations of outstanding innovators or innovations from Alaskan communities and villages who have made achievements which have impacted quality of life, economic development, the environment, and/or the welfare of the people of Alaska and the globe. SCoR and the University of Alaska are committed to establishing equal educational opportunity and encourage nominations of minority and underrepresented individuals. Nominees who are selected by SCoR will be members of the class of 2023 and will be inducted at the Innovation Summit held in Juneau on March 15-16, 2023.

1. Nominees should have demonstrated innovation in creating or facilitating outstanding inventions or lifetime achievements that have made a tangible impact on quality of life, economic development, the environment, the welfare of the people of Alaska and/or a global impact.
 
2. A nominee must have been an Alaskan resident for at least one year, or have made a significant demonstration of the innovation’s links to Alaska or have conducted research work in Alaska.

Nominations will be accepted through December 16, 2022

A nominator can nominate a person/people for election to the SCoR Alaska Innovators Hall of Fame in one of three ways:

  1. Complete the ONLINE NOMINATION FORM
  2. Or - Nomination packets can be submitted via email to kajames6@alaska.edu, with subject line "2023 Alaska Innovators Hall of Fame Nomination Packet for [nominee's name]" 
  3. Or - In a single packet by mail to SCoR Alaska Innovators Hall of Fame Nomination Committee, c/o University of Alaska Vice President for Academics, Students & Research, P.O. Box 755000, Fairbanks, AK 99775-5000. 

Nomination packets include the following:

  • Personal letter of nomination that describes the nominee’s innovation and its  impact, using illustrations and photos as appropriate.
  • Nominee’s contact information
  • Resume or CV may be included, but not required
  • List of references or community support
  • Evidence of the nominee’s or their invention's impact
  • Supporting letters, which may be written by individuals in addition to the nominator

Alaska Innovators Hall of Fame 2022

The Juneau Economic Development Council (JEDC) with the State Committee for Research (SCoR) inducted three innovators into the Alaska Innovators Hall of Fame. The ceremony took place on March 16, 2022 at Centennial Hall in downtown Juneau. 

The celebration was part of the annual Innovation Summit sponsored by the JEDC. University of Alaska Vice President of Academics, Students and Research Dr. Paul Layer and Lt. Gov. Kevin Meyer co-hosted the event.

“The Alaska Innovators Hall of Fame recognizes individuals who demonstrate innovation in creating or facilitating outstanding inventions,” said Layer. “These nominees have made achievements in their field that have made a tangible impact on quality of life, economic development, the environment, the welfare of the people of Alaska and the globe. These are inventors and innovators in the fields of science, engineering and technology.”

The three 2022 inductees and their notable achievements were:

  • UAF professor Robert P. Merritt – a Who’s Who of engineering, telecommunications and satellite technology;

  • Dr. Stacy Rasmus – an Indigenous health disparities scientist whose research tackles the issues of suicide and substance abuse in Alaska Native and Native American communities;

  • Piper Wilder – founder of 60Hertz Energy, a firm that developed maintenance software for electricity assets from microgrids, fleets of diesel generators, to portfolios of renewables.


Robert P. Merritt
Robert P. Merritt

 

Dr. Stacy Rasmus
Dr. Stacy Rasmus
Piper Wilder
Piper Wilder

2021 Innovators Hall of Fame Induction Ceremony footage (YouTube)

Read More about this year's inductees. (PDF) by Nancy Erickson for Alaska Business Magazine.

Alaska Business digital magazine article featuring the 2022 inductees:
https://digital.akbizmag.com/issue/april-2022/#alaskainnovators

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Watch Previous Induction Ceremonies