March 14, 2022

March 14, 2021

Three ns to be inducted into the Innovators Hall of Fame this year

The Juneau Economic Development Council (JEDC) with the State Committee for Research (SCoR) will induct three innovators into the Innovators Hall of Fame. The ceremony will take place from 6:30 - 7 p.m. on March 16 at Centennial Hall in downtown Juneau. 

The celebration is part of the annual Innovation Summit sponsored by the JEDC and held March 16-17. 

Vice President of Academics, Students and Research Dr. Paul Layer and Lt. Gov. Kevin Meyer will co-host the event.

“The 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 and the globe. These are inventors and innovators in the fields of science, engineering and technology.”

The three new inductees and their notable achievements are:

  • 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 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.

SCoR created the Innovators Hall of Fame in 2014 to celebrate and honor outstanding individuals who are leaders in innovation and contribute to growing ’s culture of innovation.

Learn more about the IHOF at: . 

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