Claude C. Laval Jr. Award for Innovative Technology and Research

Updated Maitra

Congratulations to the 2020/2021 award recipient Kalyani Maitra (assistant professor, Chemistry). Her project, " A sustainable approach: Algae in freshwater treatment and a viable food source", addresses the important and extremely challenging problems of water treatment costs and the need for increased food supplies as well as renewable energy sources.

Past Award Recipients

Information and Guidelines Here 

  • Competition opens up on October 15th 
  • Competition closes on November 19th 

In 1984, Fresno State established an award in honor of Mr. Claude C. Laval Jr., a long-time resident of Fresno and a productive inventor. This award has supported the development of innovative technology and related research at the university.

Claude C. Laval Jr. was one of the most prolific independent inventors, holding more than 90 U.S. and foreign patents. He worked for over 46 years on innovative research and technological development in such diverse fields as filtration, food processing, photography, toys, pollution
control, oil and water well machinery, as well as consumer products.

Overcoming a lack of formal training in engineering or science, Laval Jr. produced inventions that were the result of a willingness to challenge “conventional wisdom” about what will or will not work. His inventions can be characterized as both creative and practical, while his research
was usually of an applied nature, utilizing working models to select the best course of action rather than being limited to theory alone.

Funding for the award is provided by a gift to the university from Mr. and Mrs. Claude C. Laval III.

Eligibility: Applications are encouraged from full-time faculty and students at California State University, Fresno from all academic disciplines.

Criteria: Applications will be evaluated for creativity, innovation, practical application, and general merit. 

Award Amount: $5,000.00 

For more information or to apply, click here: infoready

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