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Utah State’s Space Dynamics Laboratory (SDL) engineering team built a hyperspectral sounder, a severe weather sensor that can detect with extreme accuracy where severe weather will hit — and when. The technology will save millions of dollars for governments around the world and will save millions of lives. SDL is the only place in the world with the know-how to build this sensor. GeoMetWatch, a company partnering with USU Commercial Enterprises, will launch six satellites with STORM sensors in 2014.

A USU Spin-out company received a $2.7 million grant from the federal transit authority to install an electric mass transit route on the University of Utah campus that uses wireless power transfer — technology developed at Utah State.

USU USTAR’s Applied Nutrition Research partnered with USANA to conduct research to see if harmful effects of inversion can be negated through dietary supplements.

Byard D. Wood and Bruce Bugbee

THE GOVERNOR’S MEDAL FOR SCIENCE AND TECHNOLOGY is an annual award bestowed upon Utah’s innovators, entrepreneurs, educators, and science industry pioneers. Over 24 years, Utah State has claimed 34 recipients of the award and, in 2011, two more Aggies joined the ranks: Byard D. Wood and Bruce Bugbee. Through his five-decade career, Wood, department head and professor of Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering, has impacted Utah’s science and technology with a commitment to developing sustainable, renewable energies, including solar and biofuels, and by educating the next generation of Utah’s bright and promising engineers. Bugbee, professor in the department of Plants, Soils, and Climate, has had a profound scholarly impact on both teaching and research, having mentored 32 graduate students, more than 1,000 undergraduates and whose work with NASA resulted in more than $2.5 million in research funding at Utah State.