He’s usually handing out awards to students at his annual Competition for Innovative Ideas, but recently, Dr. Sushil Bhatia was the one receiving the honors.

The Sawyer Business School executive in residence accepted the Community Award at the annual TiE-Boston Gala Dinner. TiE-Boston is the local chapter of a global organization that educates, mentors, and inspires entrepreneurs. The annual dinner and awards ceremony honors the accomplishments of members who have created immense value for the community.

Bhatia has been involved with TiE-Boston since its founding and has been coaching young entrepreneurs at the Sawyer Business School since 2005. His experience as an innovator and patent holder has established him as a vital mentor to students and aspiring entrepreneurs around campus. Once a week, Bhatia hosts what he calls, “Innovation Hour,” where students can come into his office, share and discuss their ideas for new products, and gain knowledge and advice.

He developed the idea of for the green business plan competition in 2006, which later became part of the Dr. Sushil Bhatia Competition for Innovative Ideas at Suffolk University. In the annual competition, students submit their new product ideas online, and compete for $100,000 in awards and in-kind services.

Bhatia is also the president and CEO of JMD Manufacturing, a company that produces marking and coding equipment and supplies.