Hultmark team honored at 42nd Annual Edison Patent Awards

Written by
Jonathan Garaffa
March 10, 2022

Marcus Hultmark, associate professor of mechanical and aerospace engineering, and his colleagues Clayton Byers, Yuyang Fan and Matthew Fu, received a 2021 Edison Patent Award from the Research and Development Council of New Jersey (RDNJ). The Council presented thirteen awards to New Jersey inventors and companies to honor the year’s best patented innovations. The 42nd annual Thomas Edison Patent Awards Ceremony was held at the Liberty Science Center in Jersey City, NJ on November 18th, 2021.

Matthew Fu, Yuyang Fan, Marcus Hultmark and Clayton Byers

From left: Matthew Fu, Yuyang Fan, Marcus Hultmark and Clayton Byers. Photo by Vanessa Johnson and courtesy of Kim Case, RDNJ.

The Hultmark team was recognized in the Enabling Technology category for their invention, “Elastic Filament Velocity Sensor” (U.S. 10,539,443). Their technology is a new method for measuring fluid velocity, which can be used to create small, inexpensive and easy-to-manufacture sensors. This new method could significantly cut sensor costs for the chemical manufacturing, industrial automation, and medical device industries. RDNJ produced a feature video detailing the team’s invention.

At the awards ceremony, Hultmark gave a short acceptance speech, thanking RDNJ for hosting and Princeton for nominating the team for the award and supporting the team’s research. The awards ceremony, which also featured a tribute to New Jersey’s COVID-19 response, is available for viewing in full. Hultmark and his team accept their award at the ceremony video's 11:50 mark. At the 7:53 mark, the tribute video also mentions Professor of Physics Cristiano Galbiati, who led an international team of particle physicists — including several other Princeton researchers — in designing a simplified and easy-to-produce ventilator for COVID-19 patients.

Matthew Fu, Yuyang Fan, Marcus Hultmark and Clayton Byers accept their Edison Patent Award on a stage behind a podium

Hultmark and team joyfully accept their award and thank their supporters. Photo by Vanessa Johnson and courtesy of Kim Case, RDNJ.

Hultmark’s team has co-founded Tendo Technologies to continue the process of commercializing their new technology. The New Jersey Commission on Science, Innovation and Technology (CSIT) recently awarded Tendo Technologies a $25,000 grant as part of Round 3 of the Direct Financial Assistance component (Phase I&II) of the federal Small Business Innovation Research (SBIR) and Small Business Technology Transfer Program (STTR). The CSIT Direct Financial Assistance Program grants aim to fortify the state’s innovation economy by helping New Jersey-based businesses stay competitive when participating in federal programs such as SBIR/STTR.

Read more about Princeton’s history of success at the Edison Patent Awards.