AUBURN UNIVERSITY — The Auburn University Office of Technology Transfer presented its Excellence in Innovation Award to Joseph Kloepper, professor of entomology and plant pathology, during the fourth annual luncheon of the Auburn University chapter of the National Academy of Inventors in April.
Kloepper’s work uses beneficial bacteria as microbial inoculants to promote plant growth and provide biological disease control. Biological materials developed by Kloepper are being commercialized by BASF Corp. in Ames, Iowa.
AUBURN UNIVERSITY –The Auburn University chapter of the National Academy of Inventors, or NAI, held its fourth annual luncheon April 17 at The Hotel at Auburn University and Dixon Conference Center.
The keynote speaker was Samuel Bonasso, a registered civil engineer, entrepreneur and inventor and public servant. Bonasso was formally the Secretary of Transportation for the State of West Virginia and acting administrator for the U.S. Department of Transportation. The inventor of Mechanical Concrete, Bonasso holds five U.S. patents and is the president and founder of The Reinforced Aggregates Company located in Morgantown, West Virginia. His talk, “This is it! The Realities of Entrepreneuring and Invention Commercialization.” was very well received by the attendees.
AUBURN UNIVERSITY – The National Academy of Inventors has named Vitaly Vodyanoy, a professor of physiology and director of the biosensor laboratory in Auburn’s College of Veterinary Medicine, as one of the association’s 2013 fellows. Representing 94 research universities and governmental and nonprofit research institutions, the 143 new fellows collectively hold more than 5,600 U.S. patents.
Vodyanoy is probably best known for his creation of an advanced illumination system that greatly enhances the resolution power of the light microscope. Licensed to CytoViva Inc., microscopes with his illumination system are being sold worldwide and have found a niche in nanomedicine research where they can visualize nanoparticles that cannot be seen with a typical light microscope. The technology won the prestigious R&D Magazine 100 Awards in 2006 and 2007, the Nano 50 Award in 2007 and currently is enabling researchers in biomedical and other fields to advance their science and find solutions to health, environmental and other problems.
AUBURN UNIVERSITY – Auburn University mechanical engineering students in Professor David Dyer’s comprehensive design class take good ideas and help turn them into sleek, customer-ready products. Interestingly, the good ideas can be generated at the most unusual times.
One idea, now a finished product called the SledHammer, originated when a high school football coach helped his neighbors remove debris from their yards after the April 2011 tornadoes ripped across Alabama. Vaughn Maceina, now a strength coach and teacher at Auburn Junior High School, was living and coaching in the north Alabama town of Guntersville.
AUBURN UNIVERSITY – Auburn University’s Office of Technology Transfer has announced the creation of a non-exclusive licensing program that enables rapid access to many of the patents in the university’s portfolio. This “ready to sign” model provides a listing and description of the patents, plus links to license agreements that can simply be signed and sent to the university for full execution.
“The Auburn University Office of Technology Transfer is committed to facilitating the commercialization of its technologies for public benefit,” said John Weete, assistant vice president for technology transfer and commercialization. “A rapid licensing model for select patents goes to that end.”
AUBURN UNIVERSITY – An entrepreneur team led by a recent Auburn University graduate is one of three winners in the Alabama Launchpad Start-Up Competition’s $100,000 proof of commercial relevance final round, announced recently by the Economic Development Partnership of Alabama Foundation.
The team’s company, Carbon NanoTube Engineered Surfaces, or CNTES, was formed to enhance the surface composition of composite materials, improving interlaminate strength by as much as 40 percent to date; the technology could be applied in the manufacturing of products such as stronger and more efficient wind turbine blades. The technology is a co-invention between Auburn and the University of Alabama, which also contributed to the team.