The UWM Research Foundation is proud to announce four Catalyst Grants for projects that include a new purification system for antibodies; online self-administered diagnostic program for psychiatric disorders; a power hand rehabilitation glove for home use; and an easier two-line breeding system for sorghum hybrids. These projects feature strong research teams and three new researchers that have not been previously funded.
An engineering professor wanted to test out his design for a better concrete fastener. An entrepreneur had an idea for a new product that she wanted to present to investors. A team came up with a concept for a device that would make the use of a router — a tool used for carving grooves in wood — cleaner and more efficient.
Ilya Avdeev has been named director of innovation at the new Lubar Entrepreneurship Center. In this role, Avdeev — an associate professor of mechanical engineering who has been instrumental in fostering entrepreneurship at UWM — will lead program development and partnership cultivation.
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While many large corporations have launched internal programs to enhance their energy efficiencies and environmental sustainability, most smaller companies do not have the same internal resources and often miss out on the revenue-saving opportunities sustainability can provide.
Dr. Woo Jin Chang, Associate Professor, Mechanical Engineering, has developed a menu of miniature electrochemical sensors that can detect—at low-cost and instantaneously—heavy metals, water acidity, and nutrients in drinking water and other fluids. Three Wisconsin companies have licensed the sensor and now Chang and his co-inventor are collaborating with a California-based company to commercialize it.
A National Science Foundation grant is helping UWM’s College of Engineering & Applied Science work with other disciplines on campus to bring more women and underrepresented groups into innovation. In January, UWM became one of eight National Science Foundation I-Corps sites to receive $30,000 to promote inclusion of underrepresented populations in the National Innovation Network.
University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee Chancellor Mark Mone announced a $1.7 million gift from Rockwell Automation to support a new Connected Systems Institute at UWM. The institute will be the first of its kind in the state.
If you sense that something is stirring or hear a buzz, it might just be the sound of Milwaukee’s high-tech community building the foundation for a new entrepreneurial economy. In the past several years, an outcropping of high-tech entrepreneurs has emerged here, universities have gone all out to teach entrepreneurial skills, and established companies are on board to support this emerging startup ecosystem. But perceptions change slowly, as the underlying reality shifts.