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February 1, 2002

NC State Receives Gift from Praxair Inc.

(Left to right) Jeffery R. Wallace, Applications Manager, Technology Planning, Praxair, Inc.;
Mark Seymour, Praxair, Inc.; Kennenth B. Spall, Director, Technology Licensing, Praxair, Inc.;
Dr. Nino A. Masnari, Dean of the College of Engineering; Dr. Ruben Carbonell, Director,
Kenan Institute for Engineering Technology & Science; Dr. Joe DeSimone, Director, NSF
Science and Technology Center for Environmentally Responsible Solvents and Processes.

Praxair Inc., a company that produces atmospheric, process and specialty gasses; high-performance coatings; and related services and technologies, has made a gift of patented technology to produce reduced-fat snack foods to NC State University and the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.  This donation has come through the Patent Assessment, Acquisition and Transfer Initiative (PAATI), a proactive patent donation effort set up to encourage the donation of carbon dioxide-based technologies.

Praxair Inc. representatives Mark Seymour, Ken Spall and Jeff Wallace visited the NC State campus January 8 to celebrate the donation.  The visit included tours of the CO2 Dyeing Consortium in the College of Textiles at NC State and the Kenan Center for the Utilization of Carbon Dioxide in Manufacturing.

Dean Nino A. Masnari said, “We greatly appreciate this gift by Praxair Inc.   This support will greatly enhance current programs and help create new opportunities.”

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