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The Research & Development Council of NJ Recognizes 2017 Edison Award Winners & Honorees

Laura Overdeck, the Research & Development Council’s Educator of the Year. Laura is also Chair of New Jersey’s STEM Pathways Network.

The Research & Development Council of New Jersey honored 14 winners of the 2017 Edison Patent Awards last month at the 38th Edison Patent Awards Ceremony & Reception at the Liberty Science Center in Jersey City.

Bedtime Math Foundation Founder and Chair of the Overdeck Family Foundation Laura Overdeck was honored as Educator of the Year. Through her work at Bedtime Math Foundation, Laura has developed nightly math problems for kids to do online. She has also created a math app, written four books, and came up with Crazy 8s, a lively hands-on after-school math club for elementary students. The Overdeck Family Foundation supports math and science education reform throughout the United States, focusing on new school models, new teacher training models, informal STEM learning programs, and early childhood programming. Laura also serves as Chair of New Jersey’s STEM Pathways Network.

Avaya, BASF, Ethicon, ExxonMobil, Honeywell, Lexicon Pharmaceuticals, Merck, NJIT, Nokia Bell Labs, Princeton Plasma Physics Laboratory, Princeton University, Rutgers University, Siemens and Stevens Institute of Technology will be awarded for innovative patent work spanning 13 R&D categories, including: biomaterials, biomedical, energy, environmental, imaging systems, industrial process, information technology, instrumentation, materials, medical, pharmaceutical, technology transfer and telecommunications.

The R&D Council also honored the inventor of Solvaldi, a cure for Hepatitis C, Dr. Michael Sofia; former Merck CEO and Regeneron Board Chair, Dr. P. Roy Vagelos; and Bedtime Math Foundation Founder and Overdeck Family Foundation Chair, Laura Overdeck, for their unique contributions to research and development, to growth in business initiative and STEM education.

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As the Research & Development Council of New Jersey, we collaborate among industry, academia and government to grow and strengthen STEM in education, innovation and the economy. The R&D Council is a nonprofit 501(c)(3) organization whose membership includes representatives from academia, government and industry, including several Fortune 500 companies. More information can be found at the R&D Council’s website: