UA Engineering faculty, staff and student researchers in the UA College of Engineering are commercializing discoveries and launching startups that strengthen the Arizona and U.S. economies. Many are relying on Tech Launch Arizona’s market research, business and licensing expertise, industry contacts and seed funding programs to get their ventures off the ground.
Testing for Contaminants, Disease
Linda Powers, Thomas R. Brown Distinguished Chair in Bioengineering, who was among TLA’s 2015 honorees for entrepreneurship, has created hand-held sensors to detect contamination and bioterrorism agents, techniques to rapidly detect water contamination, and disposable blood tests for HIV, malaria and other diseases.
Taking a Closer Look at Glaucoma
EPVSensors is taking the next steps to making its non-invasive eye tonometer available to eye care patients around the world. The home diagnostics device, which measures intra-ocular pressure through a closed eyelid for glaucoma detection, could prevent blindness and save millions of trips to the eye doctor.
Cost-Control Thermostat Device
Associate professor Jonathan Sprinkle has created a device to automatically adjust temperature settings based on electricity costs. TLA is working with Sprinkle’s startup, Acomni LLC, to secure investors and form partnerships with utility companies and HVAC businesses to get the system into homes.
Science of Sport Startup, Expansion
Thousands of middle-school students in Arizona have learned concepts of math and science through Ricardo Valerdi’s Science of Baseball curriculum. Now TLA is helping the associate professor expand the program nationally through a new organization, Science of Sport, which includes soccer and other sports.
New Code to Clean up Flash Memory
Professor Bane Vasic and collaborators at the University of Cergy-Pontoise in France formed Codelucia, a startup providing a new class of error-correction codes for flash drives in computers, tablets and cell phones to ensure reliable communication over wireless networks, satellites, power lines, and other channels.
Saving Water, Conserving Energy
Associate professor Moe Momayez invented Hexocover, interlocking hexagonal floating panels of recycled plastic, with embedded solar cells. The cover reduces water evaporation up to 85 percent at mine plants so more water can be reused, as well as lakes, pools and storage facilities, and it generates energy.
TLA has paid student fellowships available for students who want to learn more about intellectual property.