Kiewit, Scott Entrepreneurial Awards Announced
Both awards were created in 1999 to recognize entrepreneurial achievement through the application of technology. The Kiewit award honors University of Nebraska students who have demonstrated creative and innovative uses of information technology. The student award is accompanied by a $2,500 prize.
The Scott award honors businesses that operate in Nebraska and have developed relationships with the University of Nebraska in the area of technology. The business award includes a $10,000 prize to be used for the creation or promotion of student work-experiences in the fields of information science, technology and engineering.
This year’s awards go to:
Bill Frost, a student in management information systems at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln, recognized for developing a business plan to test the commercial viability of using information technology for remote control of radio and television transmitters. His market analysis revealed an unmet demand for such a product, and a working prototype was demonstrated at the 2002 Heartland Free Enterprise Conference and Competitions; and.
Rieke Metals, Inc., which sells highly reactive zinc and magnesium metals developed by company founder Reuben D. Rieke. Dr. Rieke is a Regents Professor of Chemistry and past winner of the University’s award for Outstanding Research and Creative Activity. Rieke Metals employs a number of students on a part-time basis and involves them in manufacturing its products and the use of a wide range of electronic equipment. The company also works closely with UNL’s Department of Chemistry, Materials Science Program, College of Business Administration, and the office of the vice chancellor for research. Rieke Metals will use the money from this award to pay salaries of graduate and undergraduate student employees.