Akron Magazine Winter 2010/11 : Page 8

( FEATURE STORY ) UA Receives $1.67M for Sensor Technology Research The University of Akron received $1.67 million in Ohio Third Frontier funds from the Wright Center for Sensor Systems Engineering at Cleveland State University in September, 2010. The funding will help support UA research in sensor technologies for clean energy solutions Led by Dr. Jose Alexis De Abreu-Garcia , professor and chair of the UA Electrical and Computer Engineering Department, this project involves some of his colleagues as well as faculty members from the Mechanical Engineering department. UA will partner with multiple local companies to design, test, validate and qualify sensors and control algorithms for applications such as electric-drive based switched reluctance machines, jet aircraft engines, oil/ gas exploration applications and photovoltaic distributed power conditioners. “Some of these products will be ready to enter the marketplace within two years,” says Dr. George Newkome , UA vice president for research and dean of the Graduate School, noting that the entire research program is expected to take one to three years to complete. “Most of the research will be in the alternative and clean energy sectors, both of which have attracted the attention of government, researchers and the public in general. We are in the process of re-scoping our projects and level of engagement with the companies based on the funding made available to us.” In addition to the $1.67 million provided directly to the University, the UA College of Engineering received funding support from the Austen BioInnovation Institute in Akron and Lorain County Community College to, respectively, work on biomedical devices and sensors for aerospace applications. U.S. Department of Commerce Awards $1 Million to UA Research, ABIA On Sept. 28, 2010, U.S. Commerce Secretary Gary Locke announced the winners of the i6 Challenge, a new $12 million innovation competition led by the U.S. Department of Commerce’s Economic Development Administration (EDA), in partnership with the National Institutes of Health (NIH) and the National Science Foundation (NSF). The aim of the i6 Challenge initiative is to increase innovation and minimize the time from idea to commercialization of new technologies by bringing together world-class scientists, physicians, engineers, researchers and entrepreneurs in the biomedical device/product and polymer science industries. The winning team from each region will receive $1 million from EDA to support their project and may be eligible for additional awards from NIH and NSF. The Austen BioInnovation Institute in Akron (ABIA) and The University of Akron Research Foundation (UARF) were the recipients of the Chicago region award for their “Innovative Solutions for Invention Xceleration” project. University of Akron President Dr. Luis M. Proenza and Nicholas York , a member of the UA Board of Trustees, took an active role in the meeting in Washington, D.C. Proenza also was a speaker at the event. “This is another example of national recognition for the transformational power of our community’s shared vision,” said Dr. Frank Douglas , ABIA president and chief executive officer. “It is a wonderful acknowledgment of the commitment to patient-centered innovation and commercialization, and the hard work to that end across the ABIA and all of its founding organizations.” “The University of Akron, as a Northeast Ohio anchor for the biomaterials innovation cluster, and as founder of UARF and founding partner of ABIA, congratulates ABIA, UARF and their partners on this outstanding recognition from the U.S. Department of Commerce,” said Dr. Proenza. | 8 |

UA Receives $1.67m For Sensor Technology Research

The University of Akron received $1.67 million in Ohio Third Frontier funds from the Wright Center for Sensor Systems Engineering at Cleveland State University in September, 2010. The funding will help support UA research in sensor technologies for clean energy solutions.<br /> <br /> Led by Dr. Jose Alexis De Abreu-Garcia, professor and chair of the UA Electrical and Computer Engineering Department, this project involves some of his colleagues as well as faculty members from the Mechanical Engineering department. UA will partner with multiple local companies to design, test, validate and qualify sensors and control algorithms for applications such as electricdrive based switched reluctance machines, jet aircraft engines, oil/ gas exploration applications and photovoltaic distributed power conditioners.<br /> <br /> “Some of these products will be ready to enter the marketplace within two years,” says Dr. George Newkome, UA vice president for research and dean of the Graduate School, noting that the entire research program is expected to take one to three years to complete.“Most of the research will be in the alternative and clean energy sectors, both of which have attracted the attention of government, researchers and the public in general. We are in the process of rescoping our projects and level of engagement with the companies based on the funding made available to us.”<br /> <br /> In addition to the $1.67 million provided directly to the University, the UA College of Engineering received funding support from the Austen BioInnovation Institute in Akron and Lorain County Community College to, respectively, work on biomedical devices and sensors for aerospace applications.

U. S. Department Of Commerce Awards $1 Million To UA Research, ABIA

On Sept. 28, 2010, U.S. Commerce Secretary Gary Locke announced the winners of the i6 Challenge, a new $12 million innovation competition led by the U.S. Department of Commerce’s Economic Development Administration (EDA), in partnership with the National Institutes of Health (NIH) and the National Science Foundation (NSF).<br /> <br /> The aim of the i6 Challenge initiative is to increase innovation and minimize the time from idea to commercialization of new technologies by bringing together world-class scientists, physicians, engineers, researchers and entrepreneurs in the biomedical device/product and polymer science industries. The winning team from each region will receive $1 million from EDA to support their project and may be eligible for additional awards from NIH and NSF.<br /> <br /> The Austen BioInnovation Institute in Akron (ABIA) and The University of Akron Research Foundation (UARF) were the recipients of the Chicago region award for their “Innovative Solutions for Invention Xceleration” project.<br /> <br /> University of Akron President Dr. Luis M. Proenza and Nicholas York, a member of the UA Board of Trustees, took an active role in the meeting in Washington, D.C. Proenza also was a speaker at the event.<br /> <br /> “This is another example of national recognition for the transformational power of our community’s shared vision,” said Dr. Frank Douglas, ABIA president and chief executive officer. “It is a wonderful acknowledgment of the commitment to patient-centered innovation and commercialization, and the hard work to that end across the ABIA and all of its founding organizations.”<br /> <br /> “The University of Akron, as a Northeast Ohio anchor for the biomaterials innovation cluster, and as founder of UARF and founding partner of ABIA, congratulates ABIA, UARF and their partners on this outstanding recognition from the U.S. Department of Commerce,” said Dr. Proenza.

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