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Boston University Names Entrepreneurial Scientist its Innovator of the Year

Jul 16, 2014

Lauren Landry - Associate Editor, BostInno – 07/16/14 @7:30am – Computer Science Professor Mark Crovella has been named Boston University's Innovator of the Year.

The "entrepreneurial scientist" was awarded the Office of Technology Development's honor by Gloria Waters, BU's vice president and associate provost for research, at the annual networking event Tech, Drugs and Rock n' Roll, held Tuesday on campus.

Crovella, chair of BU's Department of Computer Science, currently serves as the chief scientist of big data analytics company Guavus, a venture-backed company founded by his graduate student Anukool Lakhina. Crovella's role in the company was recognized by Waters, who described the professor as saying:

Professor Crovella is an entrepreneurial scientist, whose inventions have been licensed to two startup companies. His accomplishments in the past year include ten peer-reviewed papers published, five patent filings and $30.0 million invested in BU-spinoff Guavus.

The title of "Innovator of the Year" is reserved for faculty members whose research and ideas have led to the formation of companies that benefit society at large.

Last year's winner, Professor Ted Moustakas, made headlines for his technology. Boston University found itself in an intellectual property battle with Apple, Amazon, Sony and 22 other patent-infringing companies for its use of Moustakas's blue light-emitting diodes. The lawsuits were eventually settled in January, after the behemoth brands agreed to pay a licensing fee.

Crovella's innovation is expected to be less controversial, given his hardwork is currently being poured into Guavus, which has raised $79 million since its founding in 2006 and is based in San Mateo, California.

"Mark has been a prolific academic entrepreneur, but this past year was especially productive with the rapid growth of Guavus," said Vinit Nijhawan, managing director of BU's Office of Technology Development, in a statement.

Crovella's work has primarily centered around computer networks, yet he also studies social and biological networks. He is co-author of the book "Internet Measurement: Infrastructure, Traffic and Applications," as well as the author of more than 200 papers on networking and computer systems.

His 18-page curriculum vitae says it all. Now, he just needs to add "Innovator of the Year" to that résumé.