Olga Koper Honored at the
White House

Congratulations, Olga!

Office of Communications
May 29, 2013

White House Highlights Dr. Olga Koper as an Immigrant Innovator “Champion of Change”
WASHINGTON, DC – On Wednesday, May 29th, the White House will honor Dr. Olga Koper as one of eleven people who are Immigrant Innovator “Champions of Change.” This Champions event will highlight immigrant innovators and entrepreneurs – the best and brightest from around the world who are helping create American jobs, grow our economy, and make our nation more competitive.

“Immigrants have long made America more prosperous and innovative, and the Champions we are celebrating today represent the very best in leadership, entrepreneurship, and public service,” said US Chief Technology Officer Todd Park.  “We are proud to recognize these leaders who work every day to grow our economy, advance science and technology, and support their home communities.”

The Champions of Change program was created as an opportunity for the White House to feature groups of Americans – individuals, businesses and organizations – who are doing extraordinary things to empower and inspire members of their communities.

To watch this event live, visit www.whitehouse.gov/live at 11:00 am ET on May 29th.  To learn more about the White House Champions of Change program and nominate a Champion, visit www.whitehouse.gov/champions.

Olga B. Koper, Ph.D., born in Poland, works in the Business and Open Innovation group for Energy and Environment, at Columbus, Ohio's Battelle Memorial Institute, the largest nonprofit research organization in the world. She is a holder of more than 30 U.S. and international patents to improve environment, energy, and health using nanomaterials. Previously, she was the first employee and became the CTO and Vice President of NanoScale Corporation, a spinoff of Kansas State University. In 2007 she was selected as Pipeline’s Innovator of the Year award in the Charter Class of Pipeline, and in 2013 Entrepreneur Magazine chose Koper as one of seven “Entrepreneurial Woman to Watch.” Koper received an M.S. in general chemistry from the University of Silesia in Poland and a Ph.D. from Kansas State University, where she holds an Adjunct Professor position.

Kansas State University's News Release

Pipeline Story on Dr. Koper's Award