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2 Utahns to be inducted into tech hall of fame

Published: Monday, Oct. 31 2011 8:15 p.m. MDT

Oracle Corp. founder Larry Ellison will give the keynote address.

Stephen Jacobsen

Salt Lake City — Larry Ellison, founder and chief executive officer of Oracle Corp., will keynote the annual Utah Technology Council Hall of Fame on Nov. 4, where two Utahns will be honored for their worldwide impact.

Honorees include Mark Fuller, co-founder of WET Design, which creates water features, and Stephen Jacobsen, founder of engineering and robotics firm Sarcos, which makes medical devices, artificial limbs and exoskeletons for the military.

Fuller, a Utah native who studied engineering at the University of Utah, makes water fountains. Not the water fountains used in the halls of a high school, but water designs like the ones at the Bellagio Casino in Las Vegas, The Dubai Fountain and the fountain in The Gateway. He is also working on a fountain in the City Creek Center.

The so-called "water wizard" received a master's degree at Stanford University in engineering and product design, mixing fine arts and engineering. A mix of technology and art is something that perpetuated him to his career.

"My learning and career have always been a marriage of two generally completely separate areas of study and ways of thinking about things," said Fuller, who was inspired by the old fountain at Cottonwood Mall as a child, during a telephone interview.

Stephen Jacobsen now teaches as a professor at the University of Utah, where he studied. He received a Ph.D. at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology and started biotechnology companies Sarcos and Sterling Technologies, which are located in Utah.

Sterling Technologies focuses on dialysis and drug delivery projects. Sterling is also developing micro-cameras used to probe inside a person's body. Jacobsen also helped develop an artificial limb known as "The Utah Arm" in the 1980s, which is still being used today.

"Even though it's a small market, I'm really proud of what we did with the artificial limb," Jacobsen said. "It was considerably better than anything at that time."

The black-tie dinner and fundraiser at the Grand America Hotel — seats start at $300 — is sponsored by Domo, Zions Bank and Adobe. The yearly ceremony honors individuals with Utah ties that have made an impact in the technology market.

Email: jferguson@desnews.com, Twitter: @joeyferg

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