first_imgShareDavid Ruth713-348-6327david@rice.eduAmy Hodges713-348-6777amy.hodges@rice.eduHOUSTON – (Aug. 24, 2012) – Members of NuMat Technologies, winner of the 2012 Rice University Business Plan Competition, rang the closing bell at Nasdaq OMX Aug. 24.NuMat Technologies won the Rice Business Plan Competition, the world’s largest and richest business plan competition, in April with its invention of a nanomaterial that can store gases just like a sponge soaks up water. AddThis Pictured from left at the Nasdaq OMX in New York City are Ashok Rao, TiE global chair; Greg Price, director of consulting solutions, PKF Texas; Ben Hernandez and Omar Fahra, NuMat Technologies; Brad Burke, managing director of the Rice Alliance for Technology and Entrepreneurship, which hosts the annual business plan competition; Tabrez Ebrahim and Chris Wilmer, NuMat Technologies; Cari Broderson, vice president of marketing of the Greater Houston Partnership; Gautam Ghandhi, Google; and Alex Robinson, Insperity.For more information, contact Amy Hodges at 713-348-6777 or news release can be found online at Rice News and Media Relations via Twitter @RiceUNewsRelated materials:High resolution photo: on a 300-acre forested campus in Houston, Rice University is consistently ranked among the nation’s top 20 universities by U.S. News & World Report. Rice has highly respected schools of Architecture, Business, Continuing Studies, Engineering, Humanities, Music, Natural Sciences and Social Sciences and is home to the Baker Institute for Public Policy. With 3,708 undergraduates and 2,374 graduate students, Rice’s undergraduate student-to-faculty ratio is 6-to-1. Its residential college system builds close-knit communities and lifelong friendships, just one reason why Rice has been ranked No. 1 for best quality of life multiple times by the Princeton Review and No. 4 for “best value” among private universities by Kiplinger’s Personal Finance. To read “What they’re saying about Rice,” go to you do not wish to receive news releases from Rice University, reply to this email and write “unsubscribe” in the subject line. Office of News and Media Relations – MS 300, Rice University, 6100 Main St., Houston, TX 77005last_img