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Richard Schoofs

Richard Schoofs (14K JPG)

UW-Madison honored inventor and entrepreneur Richard Schoofs (ChE '53) with a Distinguished Alumni Award on Friday, May 11, 2001. The Wisconsin Alumni Association (WAA) celebrated his professional achievements and contributions to the university when it gave him its most prestigious award.

For the last seven years, Richard has sponsored BRAINSTORM: The Schoofs Prize for Creativity, a college contest that offers undergraduates $25,000 in awards for the year's best inventions.

"His generosity has helped our students realize that following a dream of invention and entrepreneurship is a viable career choice," said engineering Dean Paul Peercy.

Richard is the chairman of Schoofs, Incorporated, a Moraga, California-based company that markets, distributes and develops applications for a variety of chemical products. He also helped found CATCO Ventures in Colorado and previously held positions at Union Carbide, Monsanto and the Shell Development Company.

Richard holds 15 U.S. patents, and it's his interest in invention that spurred him to create the entrepreneurship contest in 1995. Prize-winning entries have ranged from the practical (first place in 2000 went to a system that enables farmers to evenly spread anhydrous ammonia) to the whimsical: the 2001 winner was an automatically pressurizing squirt gun. Richard is known for encouraging contestants and helping them market their inventions.

 

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