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Trine University recognized for Innovation in Education

FORT WAYNE — Trine University’s ability to adapt and thrive during the COVID-19 pandemic earned it a spot among northeast Indiana’s top innovators, honored during a June 25 ceremony.

Trine received the 2021 Innovation in Education award given by Greater Fort Wayne Business Weekly during its annual Innovation Awards, held at Ceruti’s Catering in Fort Wayne.

The university was cited particularly for its work to support local businesses through Trine innovation 1 and for continuing to offer its popular STEM with Storm program online during the pandemic.

Lou Phelps, CEO of Business Weekly publisher KPC Media Group, said the awards’ judges singled out individuals, businesses and organizations that developed solutions.

“The pandemic forced us all to change, to adapt, to be resilient, and we did that by coming up with solutions to challenges,” she said.

“We looked for those ideas that we felt had the greatest impact during a time when many were struggling within the region to survive,” said Lisa Long, editor of Greater Fort Wayne Business Weekly, “but what we found was that many of you knew how to thrive.”

Jason Blume, executive director of Trine innovation 1, accepted the award on behalf of the university and took part in a panel discussion following the ceremony on how organizations managed to adapt and innovate.

A special section included in the June 25 edition of Greater Fort Wayne Business Weekly recognized the winners.

  • Presentation

    Presentation - Jason Blume, director of Trine innovation 1, receives the Innovation in Education award on behalf of Trine University from Lisa Long, editor of Greater Fort Wayne Business Weekly.

  • Panel

    Panel - A panel of Innovation Award winners discusses how organizations adapted to the COVID-19 pandemic. Jason Blume, executive director of Trine innovation 1, is seating third from left.

  • Panel

    Panel - Jason Blume speaks on a panel of Innovation Challenge winners discussing how organizations adapted to the COVID-19 pandemic.

  • On stage

    On stage - Jason Blume, executive director of Trine innovation 1, and Julie Goodwin, executive director of corporate and foundation relations, with the Innovation in Education award received by Trine University.

  • Award

    Award - From left, Lisa Long, editor of Greater Fort Wayne Business Weekly, and Jason Blume, executive director of Trine innovation 1.