Portrait of Katherine Sizov outside of the School of Engineering and Aplied Science

Fighting food waste, one apple at a time

Washington Post - Katherine Sizov is only two years out of college, but her high-tech sensors — which monitor ethylene, a gas key to the ripening of fruits and vegetables — are keeping watch over 15 percent of U.S. apples.


Portrait of President Gutmann in the Fisher Fine Arts library

"Undertaking this prize is not the conventional path, or the safe bet. It’s the bold plan. It will inspire and it will improve the world. It is foregoing the sure thing to achieve the great thing."

Penn President, Amy Gutmann
Avisi founders Rui Jing Jiang, Brandon Kao, and Adarsh Battu (W'18)

President's Awards

Innovation is just one part of the vision.

President's Engagement Prizes logo

Competitively awarded on an annual basis, the President’s Engagement Prizes empower Penn seniors to design and undertake local, national or global engagement projects during the first year after they graduate.


President's Innovation Prize Logo

Unique at both Penn and across higher education, the President's Innovation Prize underscores the University’s considerable commitment to encouraging students to put their knowledge to work for the betterment of humankind.

Projects for Progress logo

The Projects 4 Progress prize offers a broader cross section of the Penn campus a special opportunity to propose meaningful initiatives, to receive funding, and to make an immediate—and sustained—community impact.