The 2012 Golden Mousetrap Awards were presented last week at a live ceremony, held in conjunction with the Pacific Design & Manufacturing Show, in Anaheim, Calif.
Click on the image below to meet some of the winners and to see scenes from the cocktail reception that preceded the ceremony.
Punya Prakash, a Texas Instruments engineer and the recipient of Design News's first Rising Engineering Star Award, is seen here with Larry Johannes (left) of Mouser Electronics, a sponsor of the award; and Design News Brand Director Rich Nass. Prakash is a vibrant, engaging speaker, and her speech was a highlight of the evening. (Photo: Chuck Murray/Design News)
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