Dr. Emily Kennedy, one of the first two individuals to earn her Ph.D. as a Biomimicry Fellow here in May, has been notified by the Research-Technology Management Board of Editors and the Industrial Research Institute’s Board of Directors that she has been selected to receive the 2017 Maurice Holland Award for best paper published in 2016. The article, titled “Biomimicry: Streamlining the Front End of Innovation for Environmentally Sustainable Products,” Vol 59, No.4, was written by Kennedy and Thomas Andrew Marting, the facilities and resources management director for GOJO Industries.

Kennedy, who was sponsored by GOJO during her Ph.D. studies, is a co-inventor on four patent applications. She has invented a hedgehog-inspired product that can be used as a liner in football helmets for concussion risk reduction, as well as a variety of shipping and packaging applications. This invention has led to Kennedy’s co-founding of Hedgemon, LLC, which aims to help solve football’s concussion crisis.

The award will be presented on Oct. 4 during IRI’s three-day Member Summit in Fort Worth, Texas. Kennedy has been invited to participate in a celebratory luncheon and deliver the Holland Keynote Address