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Meet the 2016 Commercialization Fellows

Many engineering students spend their graduate years immersed in a particular technology, but in 2016 six doctoral students spent the summer and the fall semester exploring the potential to turn that research into a business.

They were the first Commercialization Fellows, part of a new entrepreneurship initiative offered by Cornell Engineering in which students work one-on-one with mentors and coaches to identify potential market opportunities for their technology by developing comprehensive, strategic business plans.

Find out what technologies they explored in the Cornell Chronical:

David Agyeman Budu

David Agyeman-Budu

Confocal X-ray Fluorescence Microscopy

This X-ray technique can be used to noninvasively analyze the chemical makeup of an object. Agyeman-Budu will focus on detection of counterfeit electronics, pharmaceuticals and fine art. Similar X-ray implementations are energy-dependent and sacrifice resolution, but this technology uses a novel optic technique that doesn’t depend on the energy of fluorescent X-rays.

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Amanda Barres

Amanda Bares

Hyperspectral Multiphoton Microscope

The first-of-its-kind microscope can image fluorescent cells in living tissue using 48 channels of color information. Most multiphoton microscopes imaging at the same depth detect up to four colors. This technology allows a researcher to image a live mouse brain, for example, and see blood vessels, neurons, nuclei and various cells all in the same image.

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Bill Bedell

Bill Bedell

Infection-free Insect Cell Lines

These proprietary lines of insect cell cultures could serve as the production basis for the first wave of commercial therapies that treat a disease by introducing genes, in the form of RNA or DNA, into a patient’s body. Similar gene therapies under development tend to harbor viral infections, which can be costly to remove from the cultures.

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Mitchell Ishmael

Mitchell Ishmael

Active Energy Storage

This technology intelligently manages different sources of thermal energy to inexpensively store electricity, helping to incorporate renewable resources into the power grid. Diurnal temperature swings can further enhance storage efficiency when storing electricity as thermal energy. This technology represents a step forward over conventional pumped-heat electricity storage units.

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Bryan Peele

Bryan Peele

Hyperelastic Light-emitting Capacitor

This system features a stretchable, rubberlike material that illuminates, provides tactile feedback and can be pressurized to form buttons, ideal for touchscreen interfaces, especially in vehicles where the driver needs to maintain eye contact with the road. The technology also has applications for wearable electronics.

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Madhur Srivastava

Madhur Srivastava

Signal Processing Denoiser

This signal-processing method uses “wavelet transforms” to remove signal noise and improve results of spectroscopic and imaging methods like ESR, NMR, MRI and CT. At significantly reduced time and cost, this denoising method uses features such as new noise thresholding formulas to improve available methods and will enable accurate studies in laboratory and clinical settings.

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