$200K Question: Who Really Deserves MIT’s Big Energy Prize?

Read the full story in the Chronicle of Higher Education. May require a subscription to access the full article.

In May, a company started by three MIT graduate students won the university’s prestigious clean-energy prize, which comes with a $200,000 check in addition to the $15,000 awarded for being a finalist. It’s a hefty chunk of change for any start-up, but the publicity may be even more valuable. Articles followed in The Boston Globe, The Wall Street Journal, and on CNN Money.

But the developer of the device used in the winning entry says it was used without permission in the contest and without attribution in a public presentation.

The promising technology, which is intended to cool electronics more quietly and efficiently, was created by a researcher at Sandia National Laboratories. Sandia officials say they found out what the company, CoolChip Technologies, was doing only after the contest was over.


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