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2011 Kalenian Award

Xiang Chen accepting award on behalf of Professor Diana Lados with Dan Young (right) and David Wolf of Wolf Greenfield & Sacks, P.C.

The 2011 Kalenian Award is presented to Diana Lados and Xiang Chen, for their Hybrid Materials Project. Congratulations! Paul Kalenian said, "Their application was originally submitted in 2010 and was noted as first runner up in the 2010 Kalenian Award Competition. Last year they were encouraged to re apply, showing improvements and progress. This year's application showed both perseverance and progress toward their goal of documented demonstration of concept, and therefore qualified as this year's unanimous choice amongst the judges. We congratulate Diana and Xiang for validating their concept and hope that this recognition and monetary award will speed their progress toward implementation in industry."

"Today, in the transportation sector, 75% of the annual energy consumption (~23 Quadrillion Btu) and CO2 emissions (~1,600 Million Metric Tons) happen on the nation's roads, primarily from light-duty vehicles. Increased energy efficiency and reduced carbon pollution are becoming global priorities (e.g. CAFE standards for light vehicle are set to 35 mpg by 2020; greenhouse gas emissions are expected to be reduced by 28% by 2020). We have created a high-strength lightweight material that may accelerate reaching our nation's ambitious transportation energy and environmental goals. To meet these goals, the transition to renewable and clean energy must be complemented by higher energy efficiencies through vehicle weight reduction. Using novel high-performance lighter metals is a most effective way to reduce vehicle weight. In 2009, over 53M automobiles were produced worldwide. Every 10% automobile mass reduction results in up to 8% improvement in fuel economy. Energy savings, manufacturing efficiencies, and performance and environmental benefits could be tremendous using our materials in the transportation industries. And, even more applications for our invention were discovered since last year's proposal!"

In the judgment of judge David Wolf of Wolf Greenfield & Sacks, P.C., the program is advanced and well-thought out, contains innovative ideas, is furthest along in the development that those programs examined. Further, it apparently involves some fundamental work which required more than casual testing and examination. Proof of concept is also well under way and will be quite appealing to thise in the investment field who will be able to rely upon the proponents of this hybrid material to foresee and solve upcoming problems. In addition, the product and its program is likely to make a contribution to the advancement of hybrid metals and use of transportation.

November 18, 2011