April 26 , 2006
The U.S. Department of Commerce recently presented MeasureNet Technology with an Export Achievement Award for its work in overseas markets in support of the company's patented science learning technologies. The certificate honors new exports by small- and medium-sized businesses and their valuable contribution to the national economy. Assistant Secretary of Commerce, Israel Hernandez (first from left) and local congresswoman Jean Schmidt (far right) presented the award at a luncheon ceremony hosted by the Department's Commercial Services Division in Cincinnati and its Director Marcia Brandstadt. The accolade was in recognition of MeasureNet's recent export activities in the Middle East. MeasureNet President Robert Voorhees, Vice President Estel Sprague, and Director of Marketing Michael Kurutz accepted the honor on behalf of the company. Voorhees and Sprague also will be honored for their outstanding entrepreneurial achievements by the University of Cincinnati at an awards ceremony on May 8th, 2006.
“We're very pleased and honored to receive this recognition from Secretary Hernandez," said MeasureNet's Director of Marketing Michael Kurutz. "It's the first step on a long road. I'm confident that our investments will be fruitful in establishing MeasureNet as the premium brand of data acquisition instrumentation in advanced teaching laboratories around the world.” Leading MeasureNet's export push, Kurutz has an extensive international background. He is a graduate of the American University School of International Service in Washington, D.C. and has studied at the American University in Cairo. He was a volunteer in the U.S. Peace Corps in Kenya and worked at the U.S. Department of State for the Agency for International Development. Kurutz is fluent in ki-Swahili and has a working knowledge of Arabic.
MeasureNet Technology Ltd. manufactures patented, network-based data acquisition interfaces for science teaching laboratories. It is a spin-off of the University of Cincinnati's Department of Chemistry and is headquartered in Cincinnati, Ohio. Measurenet's award-winning, PC-reducing design helps reduce laboratory maintenance and operational costs while giving students access to high quality shared UV-vis spectroscopy and an array of innovative probeware. MeasureNet Networks provide improved transparency to students for better science-focused, not technology-focused, learning. Winner of the Ohio Governor's Award For Excellence in Energy Efficiency, MeasureNet systems are found in universities, community colleges, high schools, and vocational training centers across the United States and around the world.
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Pictured are faculty members Myriam Quintana (right) and Carmen Collazo of Pontifical Catholic University's Department of Chemistry in Puerto Rico. The duo presented a poster on research entitled Incorporation of the Use of Technology and Instrumentation in the General Chemistry Class at the 227th National American Chemical Society Conference in Anaheim, California. 105 students took part in the study which, in part, assessed ease of use and confidence levels with MeasureNet instrumentation. We're happy to say that the department’s students in Ponce gave MeasureNet an overwhelming "thumbs up."
MeasureNet was awarded the Ohio Governor's Award for Excellence in Energy Efficiency in November, 2002 at the State House Rotunda in Columbus. The award recognized MeasureNet's contribution to electricity savings in academic chemistry laboratories employing MeasureNet Networks for electronic data acquisition. The award also noted additional source reduction, waste contaminate, and greenhouse gas benefits through for the Network's users. The annual competition to select the state's best and brightest energy innovators is adminstered by the Ohio Department of Development.