2011 Laureates- National Medal of Technology and Innovation

The National Medal of Technology and Innovation (NMTI) is the nation’s highest honor for technological achievement, bestowed by the president of the United States on America's leading innovators. There were 11 laureates in the 2011 class.


Frances A. Arnold poses with President Barack Obama

Frances H. Arnold
California Institute of Technology

For pioneering research on biofuels and chemicals that could lead to the replacement of pollution-generating materials.

George Carruthers shakes hands with President Barack Obama

George Carruthers
U.S. Naval Research Laboratory

For invention of the Far UV Electrographic Camera, which significantly improved our understanding of space and earth science.

Robert Langer poses with President Barack Obama

Robert Langer
Massachusetts Institute of Technology

For inventions and discoveries that led to the development of controlled drug release systems, engineered tissues, angiogenesis inhibitors, and new biomaterials.

Norman McCombs shakes hands with President Barack Obama

Norman R. McCombs
AirSep Corporation

For the development and commercialization of pressure swing adsorption oxygen-supply systems with a wide range of medical and industrial applications that have led to improved health and substantially reduced health care costs.

Gholam A. Peyman shakes hands with President Barack Obama

Gholam A. Peyman
University of Arizona College of Medicine and Arizona Retinal Specialists

For invention of the LASIK surgical technique, and for developing the field of intraocular drug administration and expanding the field of retinal surgery.

Arthur H. Rosenfeld shakes hands with President Barack Obama

Arthur H. Rosenfeld
American Council for an Energy Efficient Economy and California Institute Energy and Environment and Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory

For extraordinary leadership in the development of energy-efficient building technologies and related standards and policies.


Jan T. Vilcek
New York University School of Medicine

For pioneering work on interferons and key contributions to the development of therapeutic monoclonal antibodies.

IBM Team members Rangaswamy Srinivasan and James Wynne pose with President Barack Obama

Samuel Blum, Rangaswamy Srinivasan, and James Wynne
IBM Thomas J. Watson Research Center

For the pioneering discovery of excimer laser ablative photodecomposition of human and animal tissue, laying the foundation for PRK and LASIK, laser refractive surgical techniques that have revolutionized vision enhancement.



Raytheon BBN Technologies

Raytheon BBN Technologies

For sustained innovation through the engineering of first-of-a-kind, practical systems in acoustics, signal processing, and information technology.