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Kate Engel, director of communication and culture for Nebraska Innovation Campus, was honored with the Rising Star Award from the Association of University Research Parks (https://www.aurp.net/) on November 6. The award, among several of the association’s Awards of Excellence, recognizes an individual under the age of 40 that exhibits significant contributions to the development and success of communities of innovation. “I am honored and humbled to receive this inaugural award,” Engel said. “Recognition by AURP and my research park peers is an incredible compliment.” Engel noted that she is grateful to be part of the team at Nebraska Innovation Campus focused on connecting private sector businesses and the University of Nebraska. “It is a testament to Kate’s hard work and dedication that she received this honor the first year AURP gave out this award,” said Dan Duncan, NIC executive director.