Princeton President Christopher L. Eisgruber was recognized as the 2019 Educator of the Year by the Research and Development Council of New Jersey at the council’s 40th annual Thomas Alva Edison Patent Awards. Eisgruber was honored for his leadership of the University’s efforts to connect research to real-world problems and solutions.
New Jersey Gov. Phillip D. Murphy and Nokia Bell Labs Nobel laureate Arthur Ashkin, as well as 15 patent award teams, were also feted before 300 guests at the Nov. 14 event held at the Liberty Science Center in Jersey City, New Jersey.
According to Kim Case, the council’s executive director, “President Eisgruber’s tenure as Princeton president includes collaborations with innovation giants such as Microsoft, Google and New Jersey’s own, Celgene. His administration also launched the Princeton Innovation Center Biolabs, a premier co-working space for science startups. Princeton’s innovation impact is building exciting momentum, with the potential to benefit the economy, attract talent and continue New Jersey’s legacy as a supportive environment in which to advance research and development.”