Tuesday, October 29, 2013

SIU's 2013 Inventor Awardees Announced

The organizers and sponsors of the 2013 SIU Technology and Innovation Expo would like to congratulate our inventor award winners:

Inventor of the Year:

Professor David Lightfoot, Department of Plant, Soil, and Agricultural Systems, College of Agricultural Sciences, has been a prolific inventor since arriving at SIU. He has been the co-inventor on 7 issued patents since 1999 involving crop productivity and disease resistance primarily focused on soybeans. Three of these patents are licensed to a major US agriculture and plant biotechnology company and the inventions have earned substantial royalties to date. David is also an inventor or co-inventor on 8 pending patents. These inventions could help make a big difference for the productivity of farmers nationwide and beyond.

Innovator of the Year:

Dr. Peter Fadde, Department of Curriculum and Instruction, College of Education and Human Services, specializes in computer applications for training expert perceptual skills in sports such as tennis, softball, and baseball and other fields requiring perceptual decision making.based upon cognitive recognition. Peter's research has broken new ground in this field, and he has been applying training techniques with numerous baseball and softball organizations, both amateur and professional, as well as the United States Tennis Association. Peter has a patent pending for his invention for baseball and softball applications and his research has already resulted in a product now being sold nationwide by a sports training company, with other products anticipated.

Startup of the Year:

Dr. Paul Chugh, Department of Mining and Mineral Resources Engineering, College of Engineering has been an active researcher and inventor in the fields of mining safety and productivity for decades. Paul, along with a management team involving other current and former SIU staff, has recently formed a company to commercialize a number of his inventions.. Minerals Development Technologies, Inc (MDT) will initially focus on dust control technologies for continuous mining machines. The first dust control-related patent has been approved by the United State patent and Trademark Office with two others pending, and MDT is well on its way to achieving its first commercial sales to coal companies in the region.

Student Startup of the Year:

orderbolt, Inc. - orderbolt has evolved into the premiere mobile application for streamlining rent payments. Bryce Morrison, founder and CEO of orderbolt, was a senior in marketing at SIU when he won the 2011 Collegiate Camp CEO-Saluki Operation Bootstrap. Bryce won $7500 in seed capital and $2500 in resources. The original idea was using smartphones to place orders in bars and restaurants. orderbolt’s team has six Salukis, including two interns.

Monday, October 28, 2013

The 2013 Tech Expo makes a splash in the DE

Clean air research hopeful for use in coal mines

SIU’s most promising research and business ideas from the previous year were on display Friday at the Technology and Innovation Expo.
A crowd of about 130 faculty, staff, investors, inventors and students gathered at the expo in the Dunn- Richmond Economic Development Center to view new technology and business ideas developed by university faculty and students....Read the article on the Daily Egyptian.

Friday, October 25, 2013

Psyched for the SIU Tech Expo today!

You can view the agenda here.  Drop in if you're in the area at the Dunn-Richmond Economic Development Center, or email techtran@siu.edu to get the live webcast link.  Thanks again to the sponsors!

Wednesday, October 23, 2013

Today's DE: Competition sparks ideas for social, environmental change

Read the article on the DE

Sign up to watch this Friday's finals in person or by webcast!

Tuesday, October 22, 2013

All-day event this Friday showcases SIU innovators

The 5th annual SIU Technology and Innovation Expo is this Friday at the Dunn-Richmond Economic Development Center in Carbondale.  All attendees are eligible for the door prize: a Dell Latitude 10 tablet.  The all-day event starts off at 9:00 a.m. with technology presentations by SIU faculty covering computer science, medical devices, energy and more.  Lawrence Cruz, chief patent counsel for Conair Corporation and SIU alumnus will keynote the luncheon catered by 17th Street Barbecue.  An expert panel covers innovative financing alternatives for entrepreneurs after lunch. At 3:00 p.m. elevator pitches for the Saluki Idea Competition are presented, followed by three tech presentations by current and former SIU students.  Innovator and Saluki Idea Competition awards start at 4:00 p.m. at the catered reception.  A shuttle bus will operate from the SIU Student Center hourly from 8:30 a.m., and a live webcast is available.  

More information: http://tie.siu.edu 
Registration: http://siutechexpo.eventbrite.com
Questions: techtran@siu.edu; (618) 453-4556

Tuesday, October 15, 2013

Notice of allowance: Chugh's water sprays

SIU inventor Dr. Y. P. Chugh has received a notice of allowance from the US Patent and Trademark Office for his invention "Water sprays for dust control on mining machines."  Dr. Chugh will be presenting at the SIU Technology and Innovation Expo next Friday.

Tuesday, October 8, 2013

Vote for your favorite Saluki idea!

Student teams have submitted their ideas and crowdvoting is underway at http://siu.launcht.com.  You can read the entries and vote for your favorite Saluki idea!  Don’t be afraid to share – everyone can vote.

Tuesday, October 1, 2013

Coffee Talk today

Please join us at the Student Center McDonald's from 9:30-11:00 a.m. today for the monthly Tech Tran Coffee Talk.  We can discuss patents, innovation, the Saluki Idea Competition, the Tech Expo, or anything else that may interest you!  Hope to see you there.