Meet with 2018 Commericialization Fellows

Offered by Cornell Engineering, the Commercialization Fellowship provides six months of funding for engineering Ph.D.s to teach them how to explore potential industrial applications of university inventions. The fellows work with entrepreneurship faculty in the SC Johnson College of Business to identify market opportunities for their technologies.

Here are the fellows who will be part of the program, as well as the technologies they will be potentially looking to commercialize starting in June 2018.

Hunter Adams, MAE

Monarchs - Low-cost, fully-autonomous sensor-and-radio platforms capable of making in-situ measurements of their environment and communicating that information to other monarchs and data-aggregating receiver stations. Applications for agriculture, including monitoring varying crop conditions, helping farmers plant more strategically, and monitoring pest populations.


Tyler Clawson, MAE

Neuromorphic processing - Neuromorphic processing algorithms for improved use of autonomous micro aerial vehicles. The algorithms can efficiently compute the motion of objects in a vehicle senor's camera frame and identify any moving targets in real time, requiring minimal computational resources. Applications for surveying industrial equipment, crops, public security, rescue missions, and professional videography.

Nicole Diamantides, BME

Collagen bioink - Bioink that can be used for cartilage tissue bioprinting. Most existing bioinks use materials that either possess cell-friendly or print-friendly properties that do not inherently possess both. This collagen bioink naturally displays cell-friendly properties along with improved printing properties of the material, possessing high viscosities and faster gelation times than formulations used with traditional tissue engineering techniques.

Kevin O'Brien, MAE

Elastomeric passive transmission - A simple, low-cost device that dynamically modulates the output speed and force of a motor in tendon-driven robotic systems, such as a bionic hand. The transmission is composed of a 3D-printed polyurethane composite, and can be used with low-cost motors to achieve the performance of a high-cost motor at a drastically reduced cost. Prosthetics is the initial application, but there are numerous other applications for robotics.

Sasank Vemulapati, MAE                       

HERMES - The High Efficiency Rapid Magnetic Erythrocyte Separator (HERMES) is a novel method to perform low cost blood-plasma separation at the point-of-need. With the help of functionalized magnetic microbeads that capture red blood cells, HERMES separates plasma from blood within two minutes. It does not require the use of a centrifuge or any specialized lab equipment and is particularly suited for advancing the usability of lateral flow diagnostics, which have a high potential for application at the point-of-need.

Walter Fu, AEP

Mode-locked laser alternative - A fiber-optic method for compressing short laser pulses generated from a gain-switched diode. The technology is a cheap alternative to the mode-locked lasers used to produce the same pulses of light, and can enhance the pulse coherence while being compatible with application-relevant power levels. Applications for efficient industrial micromachining, research equipment, and tools for precise surgical and clinical diagnostics.