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Florida Inventors Hall of Fame To Hold Induction Ceremony Sept. 8

USF professor who coinvented DSL and first scientist couple among top innovators honored

The Florida Inventors Hall of Fame will formally induct eight inventors from across the state on Friday evening, Sept. 8, recognizing their innovations that have revolutionized global communications, provided better health care, and advanced artificial intelligence and other modern technologies. The induction gala and ceremony will held at the Hilton Tampa Downtown.

This year’s class includes USF Distinguished Professor of Engineering Richard Gitlin, the coinventor of DSL (digital subscriber line), a technology that allowed Internet access over telephone networks. Also joining the Hall of Fame is the first couple to be inducted, Drs. T. Dwayne and Mary Helen McCay, who jointly hold 15 U.S. patents in the area of metallurgical engineering.

USF electrical engineer Richard Gitlin, ScD, will be recognized for his innovative research and development in digital communications, broadband networking, and wireless systems that transformed communication technology. 

Andrew Hirshfeld, commissioner for patents for the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office,will induct the 2017 class. Collectively, the inductees hold more than 260 U.S. patents.

This is the 4th annual ceremony for the Florida Inventors Hall of Fame, whose home is at the USF Research Park where the inventors are recognized in the Inventors Walk of Fame and in an exhibit of artifacts. The new honorees join 20 fellow Floridians and former Florida residents - including Thomas Edison, Henry Ford, John Gorrie and Robert Cade – who have contributed to the state’s rich history as innovation leaders.

The 2017 inductees of the Florida Inventors Hall of Fame are:

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