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Steve Trost and Michael Fox Receive 2004 Innovator of the Year Award

24 November 2004

Dr. Steve Trost (left) and Michael Fox (right) are the 2004 OBA Innovators of the Year

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STILLWATER, Okla. ­ On Friday, November 12, during the historic 100th Annual Meeting of the Oklahoma Bar Association, Mr. Michael Fox and Dr. Steve Trost were presented the 2004 Innovator of the Year award. The award, sponsored by the association’s Intellectual Property Law Section, has been given annually since 1976 to an Oklahoma inventor whose innovation has had a significant impact on the state of Oklahoma. The Fox/Trost duo was nominated for this prestigious award by their patent attorney, Marc Brockhaus, in recognition of their development of the intelliRock concrete strength and quality control system.

As co-inventors of the intelliRock system, Fox and Trost introduced their product to the construction industry in 2002. The intelliRock system consists of sensors that can be embedded in concrete to measure, calculate, and record the concrete’s maturity in real-time. Handheld readers are then used to view and download the data from the sensors. The sensors effectively predict in-place concrete strength, thus providing assurance that the construction can safely advance to the next stage, ultimately accelerating the construction schedule.

“Words cannot express the excitement and fulfillment associated with seeing one of your ideas take root and bring about real change, especially in an industry that’s as old as civilization itself,” said Trost. “The inertia within the construction industry is unbelievable. As such, the success of intelliRock should be a constant source of encouragement to every average Joe with a new idea. If you truly believe your idea can change the world, find a partner who shares your vision, then press forward until you succeed! Mike and I consider ourselves blessed to have been able to work together on this endeavor and we are truly honored to receive this award.”

Since its introduction, intelliRock has become the most widely used sensor technology for determining real-time concrete strength within the construction industry. On projects across the country, intelliRock has helped engineers and builders accelerate workflow, reduce overall construction time, cut costs, and improve safety. The intelliRock System has been used on hundreds of construction sites nationwide, including the 3-mile Washington D.C. Metro extension, the $52 million University of Oklahoma Memorial Stadium expansion, and the five-year, $261 million Dallas High-Five Interchange. The intelliRock system was a key factor in helping accelerate the reconstruction of the Interstate 40 bridge near Webbers Falls, Oklahoma after it was struck by a barge in May 2002. Use of the intelliRock system allowed the contractor to complete the project in just 47 days, earning a 1.5 million dollar bonus for early completion.

In addition to this coveted Innovator of the Year award presented by the Oklahoma Bar Association, Fox and Trost’s intelliRock system has been highly recognized in the construction industry as the recipient of such awards as the 2004 NOVA Award given by the Construction Innovation Forum, the Oklahoma Journal Record 2004 Innovator of the Year award, and the 2003 Top Rollout award by Better Roads magazine. intelliRock was also named Most Innovative Product by attendees at the World of Concrete in 2003.

About the Inventors

Michael Fox holds Bachelor and Master of Science degrees in Mechanical Engineering from Oklahoma State University. Mr. Fox currently serves as the Chief Operating Officer and Vice President of Technology for Engius, manufacturer and marketer of the intelliRock system.

Dr. Steve Trost holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Civil Engineering from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology. In addition, he holds Master of Science and Doctor of Philosophy degrees in Civil Engineering from Oklahoma State University and is licensed as a professional engineer in Missouri and Oklahoma. Dr. Trost is also a certified Six Sigma Master Black Belt. Currently, Dr. Trost serves as Director of Research & Development for Strategic Solutions International.

Engius, LLC

Founded in 2004, Engius is applying leading edge technology to create innovative products and services for the concrete construction industry. Originally Nomadics Construction Labs, Engius was formed to accelerate the commercialization of its flagship product, the intelliRock concrete strength and temperature profiling system, which streamlines concrete construction while enhancing quality control and quality assurance. The company is headquartered in Stillwater, Oklahoma and can be reached by telephone at 866-6ENGIUS; on the World Wide Web at; or by email:

About Strategic Solutions International, LLC

Strategic Solutions International, LLC (SSI) is a research and development company headquartered in Stillwater, Oklahoma. SSI’s strategic mission is to apply sound research principles and visionary innovation to develop novel, robust, rugged solutions to significant, unsolved problems. The company developed its first commercial product, the intelliRockTM concrete quality control sensor, under a collaborative research agreement with Nomadics, Inc. (  SSI is actively pursuing research in the areas of construction quality control, construction materials, low-cost thermal insulation, and animal health monitoring. Furthermore, SSI provides expertise in the areas of process management, process improvement, Six Sigma quality, innovative problem solving, and experimental design. SSI can be found on the World Wide Web at or through email at


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