Discovery Park Undergraduate Research Day to promote student involvement in interdisciplinary projects

February 26 2016

WEST LAFAYETTE, Ind. - Discovery Park will host Undergraduate Research Day on Friday (March 4) to inform students about cutting-edge interdisciplinary projects and to emphasize the skills and knowledge that can be gained through formal and informal research programs.

The annual event is from 11:30 a.m. to 2 p.m. in the Burton D. Morgan Center for Entrepreneurship, Room 121.

Program staff, faculty and administrators, including Tomás Díaz de la Rubia, chief scientist and executive director of Discovery Park, will be on hand to provide an overview of Discovery Park, discuss specific research opportunities and answer questions, said Maria Longoria-Littleton, engagement operations manager for Discovery Park.

Research opportunities are available for summer or fall semesters, and students from all majors are encouraged to attend. Depending on the internship program, scholarship opportunities also may be available. Lunch will be provided.


Adranos, HemoTherm claim top spots at 29th annual Burton D. Morgan Business Plan Competition

February 24 2016

WEST LAFAYETTE, Ind. - A student-led business developing a more powerful and environmentally friendly solid rocket propellant and a team designing a device to treat hypothermia were the big winners Tuesday (Feb. 23) at Purdue University’s $100,000 Burton D. Morgan Business Plan Competition.

Adranos Energetics LLC claimed the $30,000 top prize in the Gold Division for its business plan to develop rocket fuel for aviation and aerospace industries that could minimize HCl aerosol formation and increase total propulsion.

The Adranos team is led by MBA graduate Shane McGuire; Brandon Terry, a Purdue doctoral graduate in aeronautical and astronautical engineering; Luciano Mozzone, an undergraduate in aeronautical and astronautical engineering; and Lafayette attorney Chris Stoker.

HemoTherm, led by biomedical engineering seniors Tori Clift and Stephanie Eichman and Sahil Sanghani, a senior in electrical and computer engineering, won the $20,000 top prize in the Black Division among the five undergraduate teams. The students are developing a device to monitor real-time blood oxygenation levels for hemodynamically stable and unstable patients aimed at controlling core body temperatures in patients.


Startup licenses Purdue technology to help make robotics, electric cars more efficient, cost effective

February 23 2016

WEST LAFAYETTE, Ind. – A mechatronics technology startup has licensed a Purdue University innovation that could optimize electric motors and design better alternatives in automation in the energy sector, making solutions more efficient, cost effective and environmentally friendly.

Houston Mechatronics, Inc. (HMI), based in Houston, Texas, has licensed the Purdue technology. The company’s leadership team has over 20 years of experience working in NASA’s software, robotics and simulation division. The company is a business-to-business enterprise that provides mechatronics solutions in the robotics and electric car sectors that at those industries’ core overlap in areas such as electric actuation, power, perception, embedded processing and control.

HMI works with several companies in co-developing specific technologies and systems, and also conducts its own independent research and development investments to find solutions that meet robotics and electric car market needs.

Matt Ondler, HMI co-founder and president, said the company’s technology solutions will be more relevant in the future because of increased interest in robotics and electric cars.


App for children with severe, non-verbal autism available on Android

February 19 2016

SPEAKall!, a tablet application developed at Purdue University that facilitates communication and language development for children and families affected by severe, non-verbal autism, is now available on android tablets.

The app helps children communicate by using photos and graphic symbols that represent what a child wishes to say and helps the child construct sentences. The app works by speaking the word or sentence, which allows a child to communicate a thought and encourages natural speech and language production. Before now the app was only available through iOS compatible tablets.

SPEAKall! as well as SPEAKmore!, a second app designed for children who have advanced beyond the initial app and now need to expand on vocabulary and complexity of messages, are being commercialized by SPEAK MODalities, a company in the Purdue Startup Class of 2014. The company was co-founded by Oliver Wendt, a Purdue University assistant professor of speech, language, and hearing sciences and educational studies; Michael Zentner, an Information Technology at Purdue senior research scientist who assists faculty with research projects through the Purdue Foundry; and Diana Hancock, Purdue ITaP commercialization director.

Wendt was awarded the “2015 Outstanding Research of the Year” award by the Autism Society. The company received the 2015 Best of Education Tech Mira Award from the Indiana TechPoint initiative, placed second in the 2015 Purdue InnovateHER competition and won the International 2014 GAIN-TEN Business Pitch Challenge, an award for startups that have the potential to make an impact on both sides of the Atlantic. In 2013, the SPEAKall! application was recognized with the Focus Award for outstanding contribution to the furthering of Purdue’s commitment to disability accessibility.

Wendt said the company has recently received more requests for an Android version of SPEAKall!, which prompted the company to enter the Android market.


Finalists selected for 29th annual Burton D. Morgan Business-Plan Competition at Purdue

February 19 2016

WEST LAFAYETTE, Ind. - Ten Purdue University teams have been selected as finalists in separate divisions for undergraduate and graduate students to make formal pitches next week during the $100,000 Burton D. Morgan Business Plan Competition.

The Discovery Park event, now in its 29th year, is Tuesday (Feb. 23) at Purdue University’s Burton D. Morgan Center for Entrepreneurship, Room 121. Presentations are scheduled from 8:30 a.m. to 4 p.m., with the awards dinner beginning at 6:30 p.m.

The winner from among the five Gold Division finalists will receive a $30,000 top prize. In the Black Division, five undergraduate teams will compete for the $20,000 top prize, said Joseph Pekny, outgoing interim director of the Burton D. Morgan Center for Entrepreneurship.

“This business plan competition, a flagship event for the Burton D. Morgan Center for Entrepreneurship, continues to draw our best students with the brightest business ideas from all across campus. And as we near the 30th anniversary of this competition, the lineup this year is evidence of that,” Pekny said. “We have terrific concepts from all of our undergraduate and graduate student finalists, creating a buzz as we ready for a very competitive event.”


Xilinx Announces Data Center Ecosystem Investment Program to Broaden Cloud Computing and NFV Acceleration Solutions

February 19 2016

SAN JOSE, Calif., Feb. 3, 2016 /PRNewswire/— Xilinx, Inc. (NASDAQ: XLNX) today announced a new Data Center Ecosystem Investment Program to be administered through its corporate venture arm, Xilinx Technology Ventures. Investments made through this initiative will focus primarily on technologies that expand Xilinx’s data center products and offerings and ignite industry innovation, time to market advantage, and lower overall cost of ownership. The new program targets solutions for emerging workload applications such as machine learning, image and video processing, data analytics, storage data base acceleration, and network acceleration.

As part of this program, Xilinx recently completed its first data center ecosystem investment in TeraDeep, Inc., a company specializing in convolutional neural networks-based machine learning. TeraDeep is widely recognized for its state-of-the-art deep learning expertise and acceleration technology which runs on Xilinx® FPGAs. Through this investment, TeraDeep will continue to work closely with Xilinx to further optimize its solutions on Xilinx-based FPGA boards.


$10 million Purdue alumni fund will help drive startup creation, growth

February 15 2016

WEST LAFAYETTE, Ind. – Purdue entrepreneurs have another funding avenue to help create and grow their startups through the Purdue Startup Fund, a $10 million resource to be jointly funded by Purdue alumni and the Purdue Research Foundation.

“Purdue is fortunate to have an abundance of alumni and friends who are successful business leaders and entrepreneurs. Many of these individuals are already actively involved with Purdue entrepreneurs by serving as mentors and advisers,” said Purdue University President Mitch Daniels. “While we already have several funding competitions and programs to help advance our startups, the Purdue Startup Fund presents an opportunity for our alumni to become even more engaged by financially supporting the translation of Purdue innovations to the public.”


Purdue professor invents hand-controlled robot

February 11 2016

WEST LAFAYETTE, Ind. (WLFI) – A world first has been invented at Purdue University, and it’s a toy that will soon be hitting the market.

Purdue professor and inventor of Ziro, Karthik Ramani, created a hand-controlled robot that is a toy meant for children to help stimulate the minds of the up and coming generation.

“You buy toys to play and have fun; and as the kid grows, the robot can grow with it and you can build more complex things,” said Ramani.

The robot comes with four modules, a smart phone app and the controller which is a glove. The smartphone app has preloaded gestures in its system that show you how to control your creation.

“What it does is allows you to use your hands and animate the robot that you build,” explained Ramani. “Or if you build a widget you can control it like a puppet. Then I realized what we were going to do was help people build their own toys and we would supply them the brains, the controls and the machinery so they can make any toy they imagine.”


Purdue selected to host Mandela fellows from Africa for entrepreneurship program this summer

February 10 2016

WEST LAFAYETTE, Ind. - Purdue University has been selected as a partner with the Mandela Washington Fellowship for Young African Leaders to host 25 of Africa’s emerging entrepreneurs for an academic and leadership institute this summer.

Beginning in mid-June, Purdue will host the African business and entrepreneurship leaders for a six-week academic and leadership institute based in Discovery Park, the U.S. Department of State and the International Research and Exchanges Board (IREX) announced Wednesday (Feb. 10).

The Mandela Washington Fellowship - the flagship program of President Obama’s Young African Leaders Initiative launched in 2014 - empowers young African leaders through academic coursework, leadership training, mentoring, networking, professional opportunities and support for activities in their communities.

“During their time at Purdue, these bright and motivated entrepreneurs from Africa will learn, through academic coursework and networking, how to turn their knowledge into economic and social value that will enable them to change lives around the world and in their own communities,” said Suresh Garimella, Purdue executive vice president for research and partnerships.


Burton D. Morgan building in Discovery Park becoming gateway for innovation, entrepreneurship and partnerships

February 10 2016

Purdue University is co-locating its innovation, entrepreneurship, commercialization and partnership program activities into the Burton D. Morgan Center building in Discovery Park in an ongoing effort to streamline access to these programs.

Purdue’s Office of Corporate and Global Partnerships will relocate to the Burton D. Morgan building. Dan Hirleman, chief corporate and global partnerships officer, sees this as a first move toward the long-term vision to position University resources for the future as Discovery Park continues to expand west into Purdue’s rising innovation district. Hirleman’s office is part of the Office of the Executive Vice President for Research and Partnerships.

In his current role as the University’s chief entrepreneurial officer, Dan Hasler will serve as the executive director of the Burton D. Morgan Center while retaining his role as president of the Purdue Research Foundation. By more closely integrating the center’s long-standing programs in entrepreneurship and innovation with the interests of corporate and global partners, researchers and companies can work alongside faculty and students, and with entrepreneurs, startups and investors.



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