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Florida professor who harnessed power of cactuses is a top inventor
May 9, 2021
When Norma Alcantar got a call last month from the former University of South Florida president, she was pleasantly surprised to hear that she would be inducted into the Florida Inventors Hall of Fame. For Alcantar, a professor of chemical engineering who holds 22 patents, it was recognition for a lifetime of work.

Professor who harnessed power of cactuses is a top inventor
May 9, 2021
When Norma Alcantar got a call last month from Judy Genshaft, the former University of South Florida president, she wondered what had happened. She was pleasantly surprised to hear that she would be inducted into the Florida Inventors Hall of Fame. Genshaft had nominated her for the honor.

Professor who harnessed power of cactuses is a top inventor
May 9, 2021
When Norma Alcantar got a call last month from Judy Genshaft, the former University of South Florida president, she was pleasantly surprised to hear that she would be inducted into the Florida Inventors Hall of Fame. For Alcantar, a professor of chemical engineering who holds 22 patents, it was recognition for a lifetime of work.

USF professor who harnessed the power of cactuses is a top Florida inventor
May 5, 2021
Norma Alcantar has more than 22 patents based on a natural substance she found out about from her grandmother.

IBM exec, Segway founder among the latest inventors added to USF-based Hall of Fame
May 5, 2021
The seven inventors chosen collectively hold more than 675 patents.

Meet seven inventors who have made Florida a ‘powerhouse of innovation’
May 1, 2021
The inventor of the Segway and a co-inventor of technology that revolutionized modern day computing are among the seven newest inductees in the Florida Inventors Hall of Fame.

USF Engineering Professor Norma Alcantar to be Inducted into Florida Inventors Hall of Fame
April 29, 2021
USF Professor Norma Alcantar—who engineered an ancient practice of cleaning water with cactus mucilage to create modern technologies—is among seven new inductees to the Florida Inventors Hall of Fame announced today.

Florida Inventors Hall of Fame Announces 2021 Inductees
April 29, 2021
Florida Inventors Hall of Fame 2021 Inductees prove that the creative spark can light a fire of innovation to change the world. Seven Florida Inventors whose discoveries are saving lives, transforming the environment, and creating new technologies will be inducted as the 2021 Class of the Florida Inventors Hall of Fame. Among them are Dean Kamen, often referred to as the modern Thomas Edison due to the breadth and scope of his trailblazing inventions, including the Segway®; and Mark Dean, who holds three patents for the original IBM PC and is co-inventor of the ISA bus which revolutionized modern computing.


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