SENEDIA Hosts its First Tech Showcase with the U.S Army Research Laboratory
Army scientists from the U.S. Army Research Laboratory (ARL) recently discussed their patented inventions at the Southeastern New England Defense Industry Alliance’s (SENEDIA) first Tech Showcase.
The Tech Showcase, held on 24 May, was a collaboration between SENEDIA and ARL’s recently opened Northeast office. The Tech Showcase highlighted cooperative business opportunities for industry. More than 30 companies attended the event that was held at the Pell Center at Salve Regina University.
Four years ago, the laboratory started to extend its presence across the country, so it could tap into regional talent in science and technology. ARL Northeast is hosted at the George J. Kostas Research Institute for Homeland Security at Northeastern University near Boston.
Businesses exploring development opportunities were matched with ARL inventors for in-depth discussions at the Tech Showcase. Dr. Melissa Flagg, regional lead for ARL Northeast, explained, “We are experimenting with novel cooperative business opportunities and challenging industry to step forward and work jointly with the Army in new ways.”
TechLink, the Department of Defense’s national partnership intermediary for technology transfer, discussed the patent licensing process, listing several recent successes. “We are DOD’s experts in patent licensing. We market to and advise businesses on developing ARL inventions into new products and services,” said Dan Swanson, senior technology manager at TechLink.
“This was a unique opportunity for Defense companies,” stated Molly Donohue Magee, SENEDIA Executive Director. “By proactively reaching out, ARL is reducing barriers to collaboration. Companies had the opportunity to see how they could partner with ARL to meet the innovation needs of our warfighters.”
SENEDIA is planning additional Tech Showcases and initial planning is in the works for a joint Air Force, Army and Navy event in the fall.
ARL researchers who highlighted their inventions, which are available for license and use, included:
- Anindya Ghoshal, Variable pitch turbine blades: Tunable blade mechanism maintains high aerodynamic performance and optimal thermal design for gas turbine engines operating under partial-load conditions.
- Robert Haynes, Non-destructive inspection of composite materials: Testing carbon fiber reinforced material for damage, wear, and useful life.
- Patrick Jungwirth, Microprocessor design for secure, high-assurance, safety-critical computing: Hardware-level computer security utilizing a hierarchy of access layers substantially raise the difficulty level to hack a computer.
- Shashi Karna, Single-wall carbon nanotube diodes: Developed for ultra-low power electronics, this technology can help bring the component size down to the nanoscale level, and Carbon nanotube transistors: A field effect array utilizing single-wall carbon nanotubes as the channel with a simple way for processing.
- Ivan Lee, Alcohols to alkenes: Catalytic oxidation of 4-carbon alcohols to produce 4-carbon olefins with yields greater than 90 percent, and Catalyst for the conversion of sulfur containing fuels to hydrogen and syngas: Technology enables on-site production of hydrogen for powering fuel cells and other energy systems.
- Justin Shumaker, Stretchable electronics: Elastomeric conductor materials that readily deform and are capable of functioning even when subjected to high strain.
- Gorden Videen, Contact-free holographic imaging of aerosol particles: Imaging single and multiple aerosol particles in situ, using digital in-line holography, and Long wave length infrared imaging for advanced facial recognition: System creates a 3-D model from thermal images on a pixel-by-pixel basis.
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