After 37 years of service in the Office of Technology Licensing (OTL), Katharine Ku retired Thursday.
Powers holds patents for eight products — seven of which are sold on the market — including the trash compactor, the leak-proof hand sprayer, the childproof cap, and the tampon inserter.
In the digital world, today’s hottest innovation can be obsolete tomorrow. But some inventions endure and are built upon and improved for so many years they’re hard to live without. Two of those inventions, created at Stanford, are FM synthesis and fluorescence-activated cell sorting.