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Malphrus and Twiggs elected as KSEF Fellows

Morehead State University’s Dr. Ben Malphrus, Space Science Center executive director, and Robert Twiggs, research engineer, were among 11elected Kentucky Science and Engineering Foundation (KSEF) Fellows for the class of 2016, in recognition of their significant contributions to the advancement of excellence in science and engineering in Kentucky, helping foster a science and engineering innovation-based entrepreneurial culture in the Commonwealth of Kentucky.

“KSEF Fellow” is an honor conferred by the Kentucky Science and Technology Corporation, through the Kentucky Science and Engineering Foundation. The honor is bestowed to distinguished persons to recognize their significant contributions to the advancement of excellence in science and engineering in Kentucky, helping foster a science and engineering innovation‐based entrepreneurial culture in the Commonwealth.

“I am honored, along with Bob Twiggs, to accept this award.  I believe that KSTC and its organizations, including KSEF, have been the driving force behind the evolution of science, engineering and technology in the Commonwealth,” said Dr. Malphrus. “KSTC's role in Kentucky becoming an aerospace state and in our continuing efforts to bring high tech, high value initiatives here cannot be overstated.  To be recognized by KSEF and KSTC is a particular honor.”

The recipient(s) will be recognized at an annual meeting or at a special recognition ceremony to be announced.
Per the Kentucky Innovation Act 2000 the Kentucky General Assembly directed the Kentucky Science and Technology Corporation (KSTC) to create and manage the Kentucky Science and Engineering Foundation (KSEF) as a means to increase Kentucky’s capacity to become a leader state in competitive research by attracting more research funding from all sources to the Commonwealth. The Kentucky Science and Engineering Foundation … shall make its own investments in peer‐reviewed science and engineering research, to accelerate the rate of research and development funds, and to work to increase the amount of federal and private sector funds for this work.

Other “fellow” selected were: Kim Anderson, University of Kentucky; Blaine Ferrell, Western Kentucky University; Jere Glover, Small Business Technology Council; Paul Korkemaz, Korkemaz Business Advisors; Charles Kupchella, University of North Dakota President Emeritus; James Miller, Transylvania University; Rick Shindell, Zyn Systems; Mahendra Sunkara, University of Louisville; and Stacy Wilson,Western Kentucky University.

The “KSEF Fellow” recognition is open to both Kentucky and non‐Kentucky residents who have contributed significantly in the development and management of policies and programs towards advancing excellence in science, engineering, and/or technology‐based entrepreneurial culture in Kentucky.
Additional information is available by contacting Dr. Malphrus at 606-783-2381.