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Engineering Professor Timothy Ovaert Receives 1st Source Commercialization Award

Cheryl Kelly • DATE: June 19, 2012

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University of Notre Dame professor of aerospace and mechanical engineering Timothy Ovaert has been named recipient of the 1st Source Commercialization Award celebrating research that has made it to the marketplace.

Ovaert was honored for his impact-reducing flooring system, SorbaSHOCK. SorbaSHOCK is a specially engineered flooring system with specific biomechanical impact-reducing properties that can be installed directly on a concrete subfloor to form a coherent underlayment system.

SorbaSHOCK is designed to be used under flexible sheet vinyl flooring or carpet. What makes the flooring system unique is that unlike padded mats, SorbaSHOCK is designed to remain rigid during normal walking conditions, but to then collapse from the impact of a fall, absorbing the critical energy that causes serious fractures and pain.

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