Des Moines Register 03/08/06 Tech group honors Web training firm BONNIE HARRIS REGISTER BUSINESS WRITER Abir Qamhiya: Inventor of the Year. The Iowa State University professor invented a geometric-based search engine called CADSEEK, which allows engineers to search the Web based on 30 geometric shapes. Because it uses 3D geometry instead of text-based descriptions, it provides unparalleled search precision. An engineer can use the search engine, for example, to find parts that will make designing new parts more efficient, and a physician can use it to analyze MRI data. Larry Genalo: Technology Educator of the Year. The associate professor at Iowa State University helped create Toying with Technology, designed to introduce K-12 students to science, engineering and technology. The program includes a hands-on laboratory filled with LEGO robots that demonstrate technology and innovation for students.