Park City resident Ted McAleer received the Governor's Medal for Science and Technology, an award honoring those in the state who have helped in the fields of science and technology, at a Thursday evening banquet honoring the recipients.

Gov. Gary Herbert, with the help of the State Science Advisor and the State Advisory Council on Science and Technology, announced the 2012 winners earlier this week. For the past 25 years, Utah has recognized innovators, entrepreneurs, educators and industry pioneers with the annually awarded medals. The honor is awarded to a range of fields from academia to science education to industry and government.

"I love that I get to work with engineers and scientists," McAleer said, "but I never expected to receive a science medal."

"I've been recognized for different things in my career, but nothing quite like this," he added.

McAleer, who came to Park City in 1999, is the executive director of the technology economic development initiative Utah Science Technology and Research (USTAR), which got its start with the help of state funding six year ago. Since then, the organization has completed the first phase of its strategy to grow science and technology industries in Utah by creating the capacity to innovate.

USTAR has built over 330,000 square feet of research and development space, recruited more than 50 faculty members to support research, and will begin work on more than 20 commercialization projects currently in the pipeline, from electric buses to microchips that act like bomb-sniffing dogs.

"I think this award is a great recognition of the USTAR program, which has received widespread support" McAleer said, " we've been able to attract high-quality people to the team and it's a pleasure to have what we do recognized through this award."