Thursday, December 20, 2012

Best wishes from SIU Technology Transfer

Cancelled: January 2013 First Tuesday Tech Tran Coffee Talk

The First Tuesday Tech Tran Coffee Talk will not take place in January, but will resume on February 5, 2013.

Business development workshops begin in January


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via The Saluki Times on 12/18/12

Southern Illinois University Carbondale’s Illinois Small Business Development Center/International Trade Center is offering a series of workshops, most entirely free, for anyone interested in starting a new business or considering enhancing or expanding an existing enterprise.


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Tuesday, December 18, 2012

Free Crowdfunding Webinar Series

There is an excellent free webinar series about crowdfunding provided by the National Council of Entrepreneurial Tech Transfer (NCET@):


7 Hot Trends for Small Business in 2013

By Barry Moltz, OPEN Forum

The year ahead will test all small-business owners. The country is at the edge of the fiscal cliff. Taxes are expected to go up for the wealthy. The lower capital gains tax and home mortage deductions may be a thing of the past. Who really knows what Obamacare will mean to their business?
 Here are the hot opportunities and risks all small-business leaders face in 2013:
1. Micro startups are everywhere. With unemployment still high, many people are forced into business for themselves. These “solopreneurs” collaborate with others on a per project basis. The opportunity: It’s now less costly for small-business owners to find the exact resource they need when they need it. There’s no longer a requirement to hire employees with skills that are only utilized sparingly. This reduces the company’s fixed costs.

2. The remote workforce goes mainstream
. One of the biggest issues for companies was locating the exact skills they needed in their geographic area. Now through Internet collaborations, companies can hire people almost anywhere in the world to get the exact skill required.The risk: How can a small-business owner form a company culture for a remote workforce when people never see each other? Collaboration tools such as Jam, Tracky and Wiggio can help build a cohesive culture. And while it takes discipline, video conferencing becomes a critical tool.

3. Alternate financing increases
. There has been very little increase in bank financing of small business in the past year. The opportunity: Companies are forced to run cash flow positive business and keep closer track of their finances. It also forces collaborative vendor and customer financing. Crowdfunding with the Start Up America Actshould vastly increase for companies looking to raise capital online.

4. The role of the distributor is shrinking
. The Internet is a place where almost every product can be found without help from any type of intermediary. This has drastically changed the supply chain for many businesses. In addition, every consumer products distributor is now forced to compete directly with Amazon. The risk: This presents a danger for any company that buys a product from a vendor and marks it up in its original form to sell it to a customer. Small-business owners need to find new ways to add “value” in every supply chain.

5. Mobile payments are accepted by every employee. 
For retailers, long lines in front of the cash register are gone. The mobile payment model that Apple uses in its stores—where each employee greets the customer, assists with product selection, processes the transaction on an iPhone and e-mails a receipt—is the future. The opportunity: The salesperson on the retail floor can greet customers and stay with them through the entire sale, increasing prospect to customer conversion rates.

6. Earned media is what counts
. Expensive paid advertising no longer attracts the most customers. Earned media like online reviews and referrals are the key part of the customer’s buying process. The opportunity: Forget one-off advertisement placements and instead invest in a long-term strategy of building a community of supporters who talk about the company’s products online. 

7. Every employee and consumer has his or her own device.
 Companies no longer have to supply employees with their phones and computers. Most employees bring them with them (commonly called BYOD, or Bring Your Own Device). Customers also want to access their information at a company from a variety of devices. The risk: The company has to make sure all these devices talk to their business applications. In addition, each unlocked device presents a separate security risk that needs to be managed.

Monday, December 3, 2012

Tomorrow: First Tuesday Tech Tran Coffee Talk

Hello!  Please join us tomorrow morning at the Student Center McDonald's from 9:30-11:00 a.m. for the First Tuesday Tech Tran Coffee Talk. We can chat up about what you can do with your ideas and inventions, discuss the status of your previous invention submissions, you can network with other inventors and faculty, and we can all have some good cheer.  Come one come all!  Hope to see you there.  Call 618 453 4556 with any questions or email

Tuesday, November 20, 2012

Happy Thanksgiving!

We will be out the next few days for the holiday, but don't worry: on Monday we'll be back and better (or at least bigger) than ever!:)  Wishing everyone a happy Thanksgiving.  Cheers -- SIU Tech Transfer Team, aka Jeff and Amy

Friday, November 16, 2012

Robotics Team Reaches For Ping-Pong Prize


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Some robots are built for exploration, some for entertainment and others for power. For an engineering Registered Student Organization on campus, however, one robot was built for redemption. After a year break from competition, the Association of Technology, Management and Applied Engineering RSO is determined to make a name for itself as well as the [...]


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Friday, November 2, 2012

First Tuesday Tech Tran Coffee Talk next week

We welcome you to join us at the First Tuesday Tech Tran Coffee Talk on November 6, 9:30-11:00 a.m., at the Student Center McDonald's. We can rehash the Tech Expo and the Saluki Idea Competition, answer your questions about patents, innovation and start-ups, or provide opposing views on who will win Tuesday's election.;) Hope to see you!

Jeff & Amy
SIU Carbondale Technology Transfer Program

Friday, October 26, 2012

2012 Saluki Idea Competition Photos

Thanks to Aimee Wigfall for the photos!

SIU Tech Expo Photos

 Thanks to Aimee Wigfall for the photos!

FW: Sustainable Living Fair SATURDAY! Want a ride?

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Subject: Sustainable Living Fair SATURDAY! Want a ride?

Hello, Friends in Sustainability!  =)
This Saturday is the 3rd Sustainable Living Expo at Dixon Springs Ag Center.
Billed as "A Country Boy Can Survive" meets "The Victory Garden" and everything in between, this remarkable event features workshop tracks highlighting
  • Locally-Grown Foods - Basic gardening, best practices, organics, beekeeping, cooking demos, food preservation, mushroom cultivation, small-scale livestock, raising chickens, vermicomposting, and building a local food system to feed our region
  • Energy - Home energy efficiency, conservation and renewable alternatives, solar ovens, geothermal, and weatherization; from cost-saving light bulbs to zero net energy homes.
  • Conservation - Backyard landscaping, mushroom hunting, managing woodlands for wildlife, prescribed burning, water quality, invasive weeds, pond management, and incentives and more. Leaving the land better than you found it.
To help those who want to attend this but don't have transportation (it's about an hour's drive southeast), I've arranged for a campus van.  IT WILL LEAVE FROM THE MAIN DOOR OF THE STUDENT CENTER AT 8 A.M. SATURDAY, AND RETURN APPROXIMATELY 5:00 P.M.
Please email if you would like a ride.
There is opportunity to earn volunteer credit as well. An electronics recycling collection is part of the Expo for the first time this year, and the organizers need help with this and other tasks.  Hopefully you're all aware you can earn the Environmental Ambassador Award by completing 30 hours of qualifying service! 
One last note: ADMISSION IS FREE - but bring along spending money if you've got any because they'll have some yummy food vendors and also a really super fantastic Artisan Tent, with the artists all actively working on their respective creations!
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In other happenings...
Green Walls and Living Architecture of Vertical Gardens Technology LLC - Laurent Corradi
Students will be installing a green wall with the assistance of physical plant services and two professionals from New York starting Thursday Oct 26, working until Monday Oct 29 (not over the weekend) in the College of Agriculture Building in the south wing (by the Plant and Soil Science office). Please feel free to stop by to view this exciting project. If you don't know what a green wall is.. check out   This is Laurent Corradi's website of his business.

Mon, Oct 29, 6-8 pm lecture in the Morris Library Guyon Auditorium.  Reception will follow.
Sustainable Saluki Pledge

I pledge to join SIU Carbondale's sustainability efforts by developing personal habits that foster social, economic, and environmental health. I choose to use the knowledge and experience I gain at SIU to improve sustainability in the communities where I live, learn, and work.

Tuesday, October 23, 2012

Thank you!

We want to thank the sponsors, presenters, panelists, vendors, competitors and attendees for making this the best SIU Tech Expo ever! We will soon have links to videos and more from the event. For now, you can view technology presentation summaries and slides.

Congratulations to our award winners: 

Inventor of the Year: Kathleen C.M. Campbell
Innovator of the Year: Lichang Wang
University Star-Up of the Year: Thermaquatica, Inc.
Student Start-Up of the Year:

And congratulations to the Saluki Idea Competition award winners! 

Student ideas rewarded at expo

The Daily Egyptian
Elizabeth Zinchuk
October 21, 2012

Three SIU students came out of this weekend a little bit richer. 
The fourth annual Technology and Innovation Expo was held at the Dunn-Richmond Economic Center in Carbondale Friday, where the Saluki Idea Competition concluded. The top five teams or individuals with the best ideas were announced and awarded cash prizes at the expo. 
This year’s expo theme was “Sustaining our Community” and was put on by the Office of the Vice Chancellor for Research. The competition opened for entries at the start of the semester, when students submitted invention ideas that dealt with improving community sustainability. 
It was intended to encourage an entrepreneurial spirit in students as well as lead to environmentally friendly inventions, said Amy McMorrow Hunter, a technology transfer specialist who helped organize the competition. 
“It was so great to see the teams present and see all of their hard work come together,” she said.
source |; Nicholas Burke-Daily Egyptian
Hunter said all of the teams fared well in the competition. 
“Both the teams and the organizers for this expo have been so busy, and it is relief to see the product of our efforts,” Hunter said. 
The five finalists were required to recite a three-minute pitch to judges, who then added the individuals’ points and picked the winners. 
“Ecolight” won first place and received a $500 cash prize as well as a $600 grant from the Sustainability Council. “Saluki Sustainable Store” won second place with a $200 cash prize and  $400 grant from the Sustainability Council. The other three ideas were each rewarded $50. 
The team for “Ecolight” consisted of Eric Sia from Danville, John Leco from Anna and Gene Park from Glenview, who are all seniors studying industrial design. 
According to information from the competition, “Ecolight”’s objective is to provide an environmentally friendly option to replace high traffic street lamps by harnessing power through a kinetic and solar energy combination. The idea proposes to put rumble strips near each lamp, which would collect energy when vehicles drive over them. The streetlamps draw energy from a battery and can be installed onto lampposts’ bases. The “Ecolight” team proposed the idea could create extra energy and save cities’ electricity money. 
Sia said this is one of three competitions the team has won. He said he came up with the idea for “Ecolight” when he attended the Fusion competition in St. Louis. 
“It was funny because I came up with the idea while driving past the Arch in St. Louis, and started thinking about using solar energy to power streetlight,” Sia said. 
He said although he came up with the idea, his teammates helped him develop it.
Claude Leco, right, of Anna, Gene Park, center, of Glenview, and Eric Sia, left of center, of Danville, all seniors studying industrial design, pose Friday after winning the Saluki Idea Competition at the Dunn-Richmond Economic Development Center as Joy Christensen, left, a senior from St. Louis studying industrial design, takes their photo. The group won $1,100 to further its project and plan to use half the funds to pay for memberships in the Industrial Designers Society of America for themselves as well as fellow students. “Since we only had about three days to prepare for the competition, it’s surreal to have won,” Sia said. Tiffany Blanchette-Daily Egyptian 
“I could not have executed the idea without the help of my teammates who helped me research materials to use in the the idea as well as how the technology would come into play,” Sia said. 
The $500 award will be split three ways between the members, he said. 
Leco said the $600 award from the Sustainability Council will go toward a membership for all SIU industrial design students to The Industrial Designers Society of America. Park said the IDSA is a big group that helps industrial design students network and improve in their field.
“It is great practice for our major to go to these competitions and show off what we can do,” Park said. 
Leco said the industrial design field is very competitive, and competitions give students an advantage in the workforce. 
“These competitions get our names out,” Park said. 
Sia said coming up with and presenting the group’s ideas helps his peers and him get exposed to the process of meeting people in his industry. 
“We really worked hard to complete our project, and we would be up until dawn making sure everything was perfect,” Leco said. 
The “Ecolight” team has plans for the future as well. Sia said they want to find a way to backup stoplights for when blackouts occur. 
As for “Ecolight,” Park said the team hopes to advance its idea to make it possible.
“We would like to implement our idea in a practical way by eventually investing in more research for our idea,” Park said. 
Jeff Myers, senior technology transfer specialist in the Office of the Vice Chancellor for Research, said he is excited about the competition’s outcome, and he looks forward to future competitions. He said the office has plans to put on a similar competition in the spring.

Friday, October 19, 2012

Saluki Idea Competition Finals Now!!

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Coming up next

The discussion panel: Leveraging knowledge and technology resources for sustainable prosperity.  Send questions!

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Tuesday, October 16, 2012

Key soybean cyst nematode findings in ‘Nature’

Note: this technology is the subject of an SIU pending patent and is available for license.

The Saluki Times

October 15, 2012
By Andrea Hahn
CARBONDALE, Ill. -- A team of scientists, including several from Southern Illinois University Carbondale, may have unlocked the mystery of why some soybeans are resistant to the devastating soybean cyst nematode. 
Scientists, led by Khalid Meksem, professor of plant, soil, and agricultural systems at SIU Carbondale, and Melissa G. Mitchum, associate professor of plant sciences at the University of Missouri, have been studying the problem for years. 
And they may have found an answer within the soybean itself. 
This week, the prestigious international journal "Nature," publishes research results in which the researchers identify a soybean cyst nematode resistant gene that gives certain soybeans natural resistance. The study further examines the underlying processes that help the plants ward off pathogens. The team hopes that better understanding of how the resistant genes work will lead to better pest resistance and improved crop yield. 
The scientists still have their work cut out for them, as they learn more about how the identified gene works. 
The paper detailing the work and results of the research teams, "A Soybean Cyst Nematode Resistance Gene Points to a New Mechanism of Plant Resistance to Pathogens," appear online in "Nature" today (Oct. 15). 
Meksem said "Nature" is widely considered the top scientific journal, especially as far as its impact on the international scientific community and the public, as well. Publication in "Nature" is a career highlight for any scientist, often a once-in-a-lifetime occurrence, Meksem said. This is the first time "Nature" has published a paper from the SIU Carbondale College of Agricultural Sciences. 
Other SIU Carbondale researchers include: Shiming Liu, Aziz Jamai, and Tarik El-Mellouki, who were graduate and post-doctoral students while they were part of the research team.
The soybean cyst nematode seems like something out of a science-fiction movie. The microscopic worm attacks the root system of a soybean plant, leading to stunted root and shoot growth, and then in dead roots and loss in seed yield. 
The female nematode swells as she devours the root system of the soybean plants, often bursting through the root and becoming visible to the naked eyed. She lays 200 to 400 eggs, forming an egg sac inside of herself. She dies then, and becomes a hard cyst. The eggs hatch, the larvae develop inside the cyst, and then break into the root system to begin the cycle again. 
It's a lifecycle that devastates soybean crops the world over, costing farmers in the United States alone more than $1 billion in lost crop yield every year. Farmers and scientists have long known that some soybeans are resistant to the cyst nematode, but exactly why remained a mystery. 
In the past, farmers used the soybean cyst nematode resistant soybeans, and they practiced crop rotation to keep the nematodes in check. An infected field can lose as much as 75 percent of its yield -- a devastating loss to an individual farmer, and a serious challenge to the multi-billion dollar soybean industry. 
Now that the gene is identified, plant breeders know which gene to emphasize in breeding resistant varieties of soybean. This discovery comes at a time when farmers desperately need new solutions, as the nematodes adapt and find ways through the soybeans' defenses. 
"We realized we had the gene about two years ago," Meksem said, noting that the University of Missouri team worked closely with them to determine how the gene worked -- an ongoing part of the research.

Monday, October 15, 2012

Results: Round 1 of Saluki Idea Competition

Congratulations to all competitors and thanks to everyone who voted online!  The list of the top 5 vote earners in the online voting round of the Saluki Idea Competition is available at  The final round takes place at the Tech Expo in Carbondale on Friday, where the top five do a 3-minute elevator pitch in front of a panel of judges to win prizes.

Sunday, October 14, 2012

Reminder: VOTE

Last day to vote in the Saluki Idea Competition!  Round 1 voting closes tonight at midnight.  Go to now to vote.

Saturday, October 13, 2012

Technology and Innovation Expo is Oct. 19

The Saluki Times

October 12, 2012

By Christi Mathis


CARBONDALE, Ill. -- The 2012 Technology and Innovation Expo next week will celebrate the innovative spirit and discovery that are an intrinsic part of Southern Illinois University Carbondale, a top-tier research University. 
The fourth annual expo, "Sustaining Our Community," is Friday, Oct. 19, and will highlight the ways the University fuels growth and development in the region and beyond Southern Illinois. The event is from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. at the Dunn-Richmond Economic Development Center, 1740 Innovation Drive in Carbondale. Registration and a continental breakfast start the day. 
University faculty members will present their technology innovations, giving participants an opportunity to view exciting patented and patent-pending inventions, concepts and more. Michael Marlaire, an SIU Carbondale alumnus and NASA Research Park director, will present the keynote address, and there will also be a panel discussion that focuses on "Leveraging Knowledge and Technology for Sustainable Property." John Caupert, a University alumnus and director of the National Corn-to-Ethanol Research Center, will serve as moderator for the discussion. 
The Innovation Awards presentation will recognize the Inventor of the Year, Innovator of the Year, Startup of the Year and Student Startup of the Year. During the afternoon, teams led by SIU students will showcase their ingenuity, originality, creativity and entrepreneurial spirit as they compete for cash prizes in the Saluki Idea Competition. 
Teams have developed a variety of ideas for new products or services in conjunction with the theme of the day. Online voting is under way for the contest and continues until 11:49 p.m. on Sunday, Oct. 14. Visit to see the original Saluki ideas and cast your ballots. The top five vote recipients will highlight their work at the Tech Expo as they vie for prizes of up to $500. 
Registration for the expo is $25 per person, and includes a catered luncheon featuring regional food and drink favorites and the afternoon reception. Participants will enjoy learning about the latest technological innovations and research advances at the University and networking with others in business, industry, finance, economic development, academia and other venues. 
Details about the expo, registration and the event's live webcast are available at More information is also available from Amy McMorrow Hunter at or by calling 618/453-4556.

Thursday, October 11, 2012


We have 13 teams currently competing for votes in the first round of the Saluki Idea Competition. 
  • Please go to and VOTE NOW for what you believe to be the most innovative, novel, commercially viable idea for a product or service related to "Sustainability in your Community." 
  • Please pass this note along to students, colleagues, friends, email lists, and anyone else you think would be interested in voting. 
  • The deadline for voting is this Sunday, October 14th, at midnight. One vote per email address.
Winners of the first round will be announced October 15. Thank you!

As a reminder, the Saluki Idea Competition is part of the 4th Annual Technology and Innovation Expo on October 19.  The final round of judging will take place at the Expo.  Please contact or (618) 453-4556 for information on how to register for the event.

Friday, October 5, 2012

Saluki Idea Competition open to voters


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Some students have pitched their big ideas in hopes to win some extra cash and recognition. A new event this year titled the Saluki Idea Competition, received its last submissions Thursday and is open for voting online at today through Oct. 14. Similar competitions were held at other research universities, and the Saluki Idea [...]


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Voting is OPEN for the Saluki Idea Competition

Voting for the Saluki Idea Competition is ON! Please go to and vote. One vote per email!:)

Tuesday, October 2, 2012

COUNTDOWN: Saluki Idea Competition

Exactly 2 days/48 hours until the online submission deadline.  Please go to NOW and enter your idea.  Don't forget to submit it for approval!:)


That was a great Coffee Talk, thanks to everyone who dropped in.  If you missed it, there's always next First Tuesday.;)

Coffee Talk Now!

We're heading over to the Student Center McDonald's and we'll be there till 11am this morning.  Stop in for coffee and rolls and chat about tech transfer, innovation and/or the Saluki Idea Competition.

SIU Technology Transfer Program:
SIU Tech Tran Quarterly Newsletter
SIU Tech Tran on Facebook
SIU Tech Tran on Twitter
SIU Tech Tran Google+ Page
SIU Annual Technology and Innovation Expo 
SIU Student and Community Inventors

Jeff Myers, Senior Technology Transfer Specialist, (618) 453-4511 
Amy McMorrow Hunter, Technology Transfer Specialist (618) 453-4556 
Southern Illinois University Carbondale
Woody Hall C-218-219 | Mail Code 4709 
900 S. Normal St. | Carbondale, Illinois 62901 

Monday, October 1, 2012

Reminder: Coffee Talk Tomorrow

Please join us at the SIU Student Center McDonald's from 9:30 a.m. 11:00 a.m. tomorrow morning for coffee and rolls.

Friday, September 28, 2012

Saluki Idea Competition Awards Boosted with Sustainability Council Grant

Each of the top five teams that advances to the finals in the Saluki Idea Competition will win a cash award  and the top two will now also win grant funds from the Sustainability Council as follows:
  • Grand Prize (1): $500 cash and $600 in Sustainability Council Grant Funds*
  • Runner Up (1): $200 cash and $400 in Sustainability Council Grant Funds*
  • Honorable Mention (3): $50
*Examples of eligible expenditures for supplemental awards from the Sustainability Council include, but are not limited to, the following expenses to support development of the idea:
  • Inventory
  • Equipment
  • Property or leasehold improvements
  • Supplies
  • Marketing
  • Legal and accounting fees
  • Conference, workshop, seminar fees
  • Speakers' fees/honoraria
  • Student travel (conference, workshop, symposium, trade show, etc.)
These extra funds can help you turn your idea into a reality!  Don't wait to join, it's easy and the deadline for submissions is 1:00 p.m on October 4:  Good luck!

Meetups: Saluki Idea Competition Tailgate and Coffee Talk

Visit the Saluki Idea Competition tailgate at the SIU football game tomorrow, Saturday Sep. 29, from 3:00 - 6:00 p.m.  We'll be southwest of the arena in the student tailgate section, off Douglas Drive.  We have Combos, Blowpops and KitKats - you don't want to be late!;)  You can join the event on Facebook.

On Tuesday, October 2, 2012, SIU Tech Transfer (Jeff and Amy) will be at the Student Center McDonald's for the October First Tuesday Tech Tran Coffee Talk from 9:30-11:00 a.m. Anyone with questions or comments about patents, innovation, start-ups, technology transfer, or the Saluki Idea Competition please attend. Again, you can join the event on Facebook.

We hope to see you soon!

Thursday, September 27, 2012

Free Food TODAY 12-2pm Woody Hall C227 IF....

...If you need help with the Saluki Idea Competition! Please RSVP if possible at 453-4556 or

Friday, September 21, 2012

Patent Seminar Today

Good Morning—


The "Patents, Innovation, and America Invents Act" seminar is today at the Dunn-Richmond Economic Development Center in Room 150.  Lunch is available beginning at 11:30 a.m., the program will begin at noon, and will wrap up around 1:00 p.m.  If you need to leave for class or another commitment, feel free to do so.  Mr. Bai will be available for questions until 1:30 p.m. in the same room.


This program is sponsored by—


Small Business Incubator Program

Southern Illinois Research Park

Technology Transfer Office

Illinois Small Business Development Center and International Trade Center

  at Southern Illinois University Carbondale





Director, Business Innovation and Research





1740 INNOVATION DRIVE, SUITE 103 (please note updated address)


P: 618/453 - 6754

F: 618/453 - 5040




SIU Technology Transfer Program:
SIU Tech Tran Quarterly Newsletter
SIU Tech Tran on Facebook
SIU Tech Tran on Twitter
SIU Tech Tran Google+ Page
SIU Annual Technology and Innovation Expo 
SIU Student and Community Inventors

Amy McMorrow Hunter, Technology Transfer Specialist (618) 453-4556 
Southern Illinois University Carbondale
Woody Hall C-218-219 | Mail Code 4709 
900 S. Normal St. | Carbondale, Illinois 62901

Tuesday, September 18, 2012

This week: Thurs. and Fri. lunch meetings

  • Saluki Idea Competition "Help" session: Thursday, September 20, 2012, 11:00 a.m. - 1:00 p.m. Woody Hall C227 (Please RSVP if you can: 453-4556 or or FB page.)
  • "Patents, Innovation and the America Invents Act" (pdf)
    Friday, September 21, 2012, Noon — 1:30 p.m. Lunch is included, beginning at 11:30 a.m.
    • Speaker: Ari M. Bai is a patent attorney for Polsinelli Shughart Law Firm. He has served as a Patent Examiner with the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office, Washington, D.C. Mr. Bai’s practice now involves preparing and filing of foreign and domestic patent applications in the mechanical, electrical and computer disciplines. For his full biography, please visit:
    • Pre-registration is Required; there is no charge for the event, but seating is limited. Register by phone: 618.453.6754 or by email:

Friday, September 14, 2012

SIU football tailgate tomorrow

Jeff and Amy of SIU Carbondale Technology Transfer will be at the Saluki football game tailgate from 3-6pm tomorrow, Saturday, Sep. 15.  We will have a table at the student section of the tailgate and will have snacks (and pointers for success in the Saluki Idea Competition)!  Be sure to drop by!

Thursday, September 13, 2012

Patent attorney to discuss 'intellectual property'


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“Patents, Innovation and the America Invents Act†is a free presentation coming to Southern Illinois University Carbondale on Sept. 21.


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Wednesday, September 12, 2012

Sustainability efforts expand on campus

The Tech Expo ( and the Saluki Idea Competition ( are doing our part! See very end of article.


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via The Saluki Times on 9/10/12

Sustainability is more than just a word at Southern Illinois University Carbondale -- it is a commitment.


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Monday, September 10, 2012

Free Lunch! For Saluki Idea Competition

Don't forget about our lunch meeting today!  Come eat some free food and get your questions answered.  Woody Hall, C227, 12:00pm-2:00pm. Call 453-4556 for more information.

Thursday, September 6, 2012

Need help with the Saluki Idea Competition? Hungry?

There will be a lunch meeting on Monday, September 10, 2012 from 12:00-2:00 p.m. at SIU's Woody Hall C227, 900 S. Normal Ave. Please join us if you have questions, are looking for teammates, or want assistance with anything else related to the Competition.  Sandwiches will be provided!  If you remember, please email us at or join the event on Facebook so we know how many sandwiches to order (or call 453-4556).

Dear SIU Alumni: Become a Mentor

Saluki Idea Competition teams could use seasoned mentors.  If you're interested, you can:

Do you have what it takes to be a mentor?  Read this for some ideas.

Crowdfunding developments

SIU is testing the waters of crowdfunding possibilities for tech transfer by starting out with crowdvoting, using the Launcht system for the Saluki Idea Competition. A recent article outlines some recent developments to the crowdfunding opportunities put forth by the JOBS Act.

Wednesday, September 5, 2012

Tech RSO searches for hands-on work


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via The Daily Egyptian by aflynn on 9/4/12

Some Registered Student Organizations can go overlooked, but the Tech Dawgs hope to stick out among the crowd by offering free computer assistance. The Tech Dawgs, a student organization based on information technology, offers free technological support not only to on-campus groups but the Carbondale community as well. Tom Imboden, assistant professor and advisor to [...]


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Tuesday, September 4, 2012

Tech Tran Coffee Talk: Now!

Please join us at the Student Center McDonald's!  Now till 11:00 a.m.

Thursday, August 30, 2012

Tues. Sep. 4: Tech Tran Coffee Talk

Good afternoon!  After the nice long weekend, please join us on Tuesday, September 4, 2012, from 9:30 a.m. to 11:00 a.m. at the Student Center McDonald's for the monthly First Tuesday Tech Tran Coffee talk.  We can discuss anything and everything related to patents, innovation, startups, and the Saluki Idea Competition.  Hope to see you there!

SIU Technology Transfer Program:
SIU Tech Tran Quarterly Newsletter
SIU Tech Tran on Facebook
SIU Tech Tran on Twitter
SIU Tech Tran Google+ Page
SIU Annual Technology and Innovation Expo 
SIU Student and Community Inventors

Jeff Myers, Senior Technology Transfer Specialist, (618) 453-4511 
Amy McMorrow Hunter, Technology Transfer Specialist (618) 453-4556 
Southern Illinois University Carbondale
Woody Hall C-218-219 | Mail Code 4709 
900 S. Normal St. | Carbondale, Illinois 62901 

Wednesday, August 29, 2012

Please like us! Saluki Idea Competition Facebook Page

Please give the Saluki Idea Competition Facebook page a "Like" if you're on Facebook.  The page is for updates about the competition and for competitors to find teammates.  Thanks!

Monday, August 27, 2012

Saluki Idea Competition Open for Submissions

Go to to begin your submission.  Email or call (618) 453-4556 if you have questions.  We wish you success!

Friday, August 24, 2012

Sustainability is theme of Saluki Idea Competition

The Saluki Times
August 24, 2012
by Christi Mathis

CARBONDALE, Ill. -- You're never too young to have a great business idea. 
Just ask Larry Page and Sergey Brin, the men who co-founded Google as college students.  Now, Southern Illinois University Carbondale is giving its students and student-led teams the opportunity to showcase their ideas for new products or services and win cash prizes in the Saluki Idea Competition. 
The contest begins Monday, Aug. 27, as the online submission website launches at  Individual students or teams led by one or more students can submit their commercially viable ideas until 1 p.m. Oct. 4.  
The theme of the competition is "Sustainability in Your Community." Each entry must include a catchy and descriptive title for the project, team names and roles, the "hook" (an explanation of the idea and why it's unique), a sales pitch, a financial explanation and a description of how the project relates to the contest theme.   
Individuals or teams may enter but each must have at least one person enrolled full-time or part-time at SIU Carbondale for the fall semester as an undergraduate or graduate student.   There's no limit on the team size and alumni, faculty, staff and the public can participate. At least half of each team must be University students, however. 
There will be two rounds of voting with the first as an online balloting running from 1 p.m. Oct. 5 to 11:59 p.m. Oct. 14.  The top five winners will advance to the finals at the University's Technology and Innovation Expo Oct. 19.  Each team will make a three-minute presentation during a 3 p.m. session and judges will announce the winners at 4 p.m.  
The grand prize is $500 with $200 going to the top runner-up.  The other three finalists will earn honorable mention awards of $50.  
The goal of the competition is to increase the involvement of SIU Carbondale students and community members in innovative thinking and business development while addressing local and global challenges.  
Organizers are even lending a hand to help participants create the best possible team and prepare for the competition.  They've set up a Facebook page ( where you can search for prospective team members.  There will be a workshop on Sept. 10.  Planners will announce the time and place online at  More information also is available at First Tuesday Tech Tran Coffee Talks, from 9:30 to 11 a.m. on Sept. 4 and Oct. 2, at the SIU Student Center McDonalds.  
More information and the complete contest rules are online at  Participants also can get Twitter updates at @siuctechtran. 
The Saluki Idea Competition is one component of the fourth annual Technology and Innovation Expo, set for 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Oct. 19 at the Dunn-Richmond Economic Development Center, 1740 Innovation Drive, Carbondale.  The expo also features a showcase of University faculty inventions, the presentation of the annual innovation awards, a keynote presentation by NASA Research Park director and SIU Carbondale alumnus Michael Marlaire and a discussion panel.  The panel includes a number of experts discussing "Leveraging Knowledge and Technology for Sustainable Prosperity" with John Caupert of the National Corn and Ethanol Research Center as moderator.  
The registration fee for the Technology and Innovation Expo is $25 per person and you can sign up at or by calling 618/536-7751. 
For additional details about the Saluki Idea Competition or the Technology and Innovation Expo, contact Amy McMorrow Hunter at or by calling 618/453-4556.