It’s been a special week for three HYPER lab grads.

Patrick Adam (Ph.D. ’17) , Ian Richardson (Ph.D. ’17), and Eli Shoemake (M.S. pending), co-founders of the startup company Protium Innovations LLC, were notified that they’ve won a Small business Technology TRansfer (STTR) award from the National Science Foundation for their 3-D printed liquid hydrogen tank technology. The award announcement can be found here. The Phase 1 award is for $225,000 for the first year, after which they can apply for a phase 2, multi-year award.

This same week, Ian Richardson was notified that he will be awarded a 3 year Postdoctoral Fellowship for technology commercialization from the Washington Research Foundation. The fellowship provides an annual salary $70,000, benefits, as well as $10,000 for travel and supplies. Ian will stay in Pullman and continue to work out of the lab during his post-doc.