NC State University Technology Incubator

Alexander Richter, a graduate student in North Carolina State University’s Department of Chemical and Biomolecular Engineering, has won a $15,000 Lemelson-MIT Student Prize for work to improve agricultural pest control that could strengthen the global food supply.

The Lemelson-MIT National Collegiate Student Prize Competition is a nationwide search for the most inventive team of undergraduate and individual graduate students. The Lemelson-MIT Program today announced awards of $65,000 in prizes for inventions in the healthcare, transportation, food and agriculture, and consumer device spaces.

Richter, a Ph.D. candidate working with Dr. Orlin Velev, INVISTA Professor in the Department of Chemical and Biomolecular Engineering, won in the “Eat It” category for technology-based inventions that can improve food and agriculture.


The technology is being developed by BENANOVA Inc., a startup company founded by Richter and Velev that is based on NC State’s Technology Incubator. Richter is the first student from a university in North Carolina to win a Lemelson-MIT Student Prize.

For more information about Richter’s development and the Lemelson-MIT Program and this years winners, see the full NC State News story.