Company founded by NC State alumnus wins top tech award

July 6, 2011
By Bill Krueger

A company founded by R. Lawrence Ives ’73, ’76 MS, ’84 PHD, has been recognized by R&D Magazine for producing one of the most technologically significant products introduced in the marketplace over the past year.

Calabazas Creek Research Inc. was one of the winners of the 49th Annual R&D Awards for its development, with Ron Witherspoon Inc., of what are known as Controlled Porosity Reservoir Cathodes. Ives, who received his doctorate in plasma physics at NC State, is president of Calabazas Creek.

The cathodes developed by Calabazas Creek offer a significant increase in current density and have four times the lifetime of previous cathodes, according to a release by the company. The company said the new cathodes also provide electron sources with extremely uniform current emission.

Other products that have received R&D Awards in past years include the automated teller machine (1973), the fax machine (1975), the Nicoderm anti-smoking patch (1992) and HDTV (1998).

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