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National Inventors Hall of Fame Honors 3 With Ties to NC State

The people responsible for some of the world’s most innovative ideas — such as the sports bra, laser hair removal and synthetic lubricants — get the red carpet treatment this week at a two-day event in Washington, D.C., dubbed “the Greatest Celebration of American Innovation,” sponsored by the National Inventors Hall of Fame.

Of the 27 innovators being inducted into the prestigious organization, three have ties to NC State. Horticulturalist Sylvia Blankenship and the late biochemist Edward Sisler are honored for identifying a novel compound that significantly extends the freshness and storage life of fruits, vegetables and cut floral products.

Computer scientist Peter Wurman, who served on NC State’s faculty for eight years, is honored as one of the creators of the Kiva system, a robotic method of material handling in distribution centers that revolutionized warehouse order fulfillment.