Congreve named Moore Inventor Fellow

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Dan Congreve, Rowland Fellow at the Rowland Institute at Harvard, has been named one of the Moore Inventor Fellows. Launched in 2016 to celebrate the 50th anniversary of Moore’s Law, the revolutionary prediction that anticipated the exponential growth of computing power, the program embraces the spirit of Gordon Moore’s passion for science and penchant for inventing.

“The Moore Inventor Fellowship recognizes the quality of the individual, as well as the quality of the idea,” said Harvey V. Fineberg, president of the Gordon and Betty Moore Foundation, which awards the fellowships. “The ultimate goal is to convert the ideas into inventions that can change the world.”

Congreve proposes to use upconversion to build a new approach to 3D printing. This process, which converts lower-energy light to higher-energy light, allows the printing of entire 3D volumes at once, allowing for rapid printing of microscale structures and enabling innovation across a number of challenging problems.

“These young women and men are at early stages of their careers, when they most need funding for their ideas, but when it is most difficult to obtain,” explained Robert Kirshner, the foundation’s chief program officer for Science. “We want to capture opportunities that would otherwise be missed. We expect Moore Inventor Fellowships will give creative people the time and resources to develop their ideas and help open the path for invention inside academic institutions.”

Other Moore Inventor 2019 Fellows are: Erin Fischell, assistant scientist, applied ocean physics and engineering, Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution; Ksenia Krasileva, assistant professor, plant and microbial biology, University of California, Berkeley; Chang Liu, assistant professor, biomedical engineering, University of California, Irvine; and Maiken Mikkelsen, associate professor, electrical and computer engineering, and physics, Duke University.

This year, the foundation received more than 200 nominations, from which five fellows were selected. Each fellow receives a total of $825,000 over three years to drive their invention forward, including $50,000 per year from their home institution as a commitment to these outstanding individuals.

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