Shrish Patel, a doctoral candidate in the Department of Materials Science and Chemical Engineering in the College of Engineering and Applied Sciences, is a graduate finalist for the 2021 Collegiate Inventor Competition, the winners of which will be announced on Thursday, October 14.
He is also eligible to win in another category — the Arrow Electronics People’s Choice Award — and the Stony Brook University community can help him win that award when voting is open to the public from Monday, October 11 through October 13 at noon EST.
The National Inventor Hall of Fame (NIHF) selected Patel as a finalist for his invention, SolarClear, an electric field assisted approach for cleaning solar panels.
Patel’s work has been recognized several times recently, including the R&D100 awards, also known as the “Oscars of Innovation,” and the American Institute of Chemical Engineers (AIChE) 2021 Sustainable Engineering Forum Industrial Practice Award. The invention received a grant from New York State (via Fuzehub) to try a new manufacturing method based on high-speed large-scale 2D printing to accelerate scale-up manufacturing, and also earned the Department of Energy’s American-Made Solar Prize for 2021 with a $100,000 prize and $75,000 in national lab vouchers to develop the technology further.