Olympus America Inc. recently announced the 2007 winners in its “Innovation Award Program”: recipients included KCSB’s own William Grant, who works here at the University of California, Santa Barbara. “The program recognizes individuals who have fostered and demonstrated innovative thinking in higher education,” says the Olympus website.

Bill Grant is the program manager of the Technology Management Program at UCSB’s College of Engineering. He “received the Olympus Emerging Leader Award for his work at UCSB creating and managing extracurricular activities that enable students to network and share knowledge and experience with successful scientists, entrepreneurs, innovators and other business experts.” Bill was especially acknowledged for his KCSB radio program, “On the Edge” (Wednesdays this spring quarter from 10-11am): “Created and hosted by Grant and UCSB students, the weekly show features successful entrepreneurs and innovators and discusses how ideas become inventions. In recognition for his work, Grant…receive[d] $1,000.”

Congratulations are in order to Bill Grant and to the entire crew of “On the Edge” for this accomplishment.