We always have and we always will.

- UC President Neville Pinto


A teapot designed by UC Alum Michael Graves

Alumnus, architect and designer Michael Graves exemplifies the spirit of creativity and invention we showcase in this issue of NEXT, which is devoted to the renowned innovations sparked by University of Cincinnati alumni, faculty, students and staff. One of the “New York Five” modernists, Graves pioneered the post-modernist movement in architecture and products. With more than 300 awards, 350 buildings and 2,500 products, his name lives on at the Michael Graves Architecture & Design firm he founded in 1964. Featured here are Graves designs including a teakettle, the Sentosa Resort in Singapore and one of his favorites, the Denver Library (main).


A UC Engineering student conducts research in a lab

COOPERATIVE EDUCATION — Invented by Engineering Dean Herman Schneider in 1906.


Star Wars action figure

STAR WARS ACTION FIGURES AND TOYS — Designed by Jim Swearingen (Class of 1972), Mark Boudreaux (Class of 1978).

Leading tech


GORILLA GLASS BY CORNING — Aided by discovery of Boolchand Intermediate Phase by engineering professor Punit Boolchand and team.



BENADRYL — Alumnus/chemistry professor George Rieveschl Jr. (Class of 1937, 1939, 1940) invented the first commercially viable antihistamine.


UC Professor Albert Sabin

FIRST ORAL POLIO VACCINE — Developed by Professor Albert Sabin, it nearly eradicated the disease around the globe (approved in 1961).

Blood bags in a lab

EXTENDING BLOOD SHELF LIFE — Professor Samuel Rapoport’s work extended it up to three weeks; “Father of Transfusion Medicine”/SOLX System lead inventor Tibor Greenwalt developed additive to prolong it; faculty member Ian Pauptsky and alumnus Ali Bhgat developed device to separate and count particles in blood, now a startup called Biolidics.

Our kids

A premie holds the pinkie finger of a parent's hand

SAVING PREEMIES’ LIVES — Protein identified by Professor Jeffrey Whitsett led to routine treatments for premature infants’ immature lungs.

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Tide Pods container

TIDE PODS — Many UC design alumni contributed to the look and shape of the iconic P&G laundry pods and its packaging, including Drew Heigle (Class of 2008), Gil Schmidt (1980), Tony Sieber (2002), Michael Roller (2005), Ramsey Ford (2003) and Demetrius Romanos (1995).

Entrance to the New York Times Building

‘DESIGN IS ABOUT EVERYTHING’ — DAAP alumnus Michael Bierut (Class of 1980), a member of the Art Directors Hall of Fame, espouses democratizing design. His works include the iconic 110-foot sign and entry to The New York Times building, UC’s 1819 Innovation Hub and the H for Hillary Clinton’s presidential campaign.


Randy Edelman conducts at a rehearsal

PROLIFIC COMPOSER — Randy Edelman (Class of 1969), writes pop songs plus scores for TV and film, including “The Last of the Mohicans,” “Mummy 3” and “Leap Year.”

Achieving the

Artist's rendering of the New Horizons spacecraft passing Pluto and its moon Charon

NASA’S NEW HORIZONS — Chris Hersman (Class of 1988) serves as mission systems engineer for the project that is exploring Pluto and the Kuiper Belt.


A premie holds the pinkie finger of a parent's hand


With its Next Lives Here strategic direction, the University of Cincinnati is creating the future with a culture of innovation like never before. Its frictionless intellectual property process provided a model for Ohio’s IP Promise at universities across the state. Governor Mike DeWine and Lt. Governor Jon Husted came to UC’s 1819 Innovation Hub in March to announce a JobsOhio investment of $100 million focused on innovation and talent. The funds will accelerate STEM graduates of UC by 15,000-plus over the next decade, expand research at UC and adjacent Cincinnati Children’s, and launch the new Cincinnati Innovation District (CID) in the community around the Uptown campus. With UC and 1819 as anchors, the CID is expected to create a blueprint for the state to attract and retain key talent.


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  • Michael Graves’ images courtesy of Michael Graves Architecture & Design
  • Jimmy Neutron image courtesy of Nickelodeon Inc.
  • Gorilla Glass image courtesy of Corning Incorporated
  • FitBit photo courtesy of FitBit Inc.
  • Index Medicus, first edition, courtesy of National Library of Medicine
  • Fogarty Catheter image courtesy of Edwards Lifesciences
  • New York Times building photo courtesy of Pentagram
  • Pringles photo courtesy of Kellogg’s