NAI-AU Third Annual Luncheon
April 5, 2013

Posted in Events on March 19, 2013 at 9:31 pm

The Auburn University Chapter of the National Academy of Inventors cordially invites you to its Third Annual Luncheon

April 5th, 11:30 a.m. – 1:30 p.m.
Ballroom B Right – The Hotel at Auburn University and Dixon Conference Center

Keynote Speaker: Keith McGreggor, Director of the Georgia Tech VentureLab
“Startup Engineering… how the trillion dollar experiment in startupsover the last decade has radically transformed how we build startups forever”

Keith McGreggor is the director of VentureLab, Georgia Tech’s comprehensive center for technology commercialization, open to all faculty, research staff, and students who want to form startup companies based upon their research. VentureLab has launched more than 150 companies, which have raised almost $700M in angel and VC funding.

He is the lead instructor for the NSF Innovation Corps (I-Corps) program for Georgia Tech, a founding node in the I-Corps network. Keith is also a member of the NSF I-Corps curriculum committee, and gives frequent invited talks on I-Corps and the foundations of the lean startup philosophy.

Keith has been an entrepreneur for the last three decades. His first company, Artificial Intelligence Atlanta, was the first AI company in the southeast, which led to a gig in robotics for Lockheed.

He has been a founder or co-founder of six software companies. Keith wrote and shipped the first 3D program (1984/5) and first color paint program (1987) for the Macintosh. He developed the color architecture for the Macintosh, wrote substantial portions of the graphics system, and managed the graphics group at Apple Computer in Cupertino. A stint as co-founder of an internet company in the mid 1990s led to Keith becoming a director of engineering at Yahoo in 1999.

Keith holds a Bachelor and Master’s degree in computer science from Georgia Tech. He’s currently writing his dissertation on fractal visual analogies, in support of his PhD in computer science from Georgia Tech.

November 13 Lecture: Survival Techniques and Technologies of a University Start-up Company

Posted in Events on November 13, 2012 at 1:20 pm

DR. EARL WAGENER, CEO OF TETRAMER INDUSTRIES
NOVEMBER 13, 2012; 2:00 – 4:00 PM
IN FOY 258

Survival Techniques and Technologies of a University Start-up Company
Increasing numbers of colleges, universities and institutes of technology today place value on the efforts of their faculty to create new technologies that have societal and market value. No one better understands what the technologies are and how to apply them than their own inventors. To best apply that knowledge and the principles of finding the right intended users, institutions of higher learning are beginning to encourage and reward faculty who start their own companies with the university intellectual property that the faculty themselves have created. Dr. Earl Wagener of Tetramer Technologies will cover the topic of survival techniques and technologies of just such a university faculty start-up company. Topics will include creating an atmosphere of amnesty, the doing-knowledge-judgment hierarchy, how to select academic projects for commercialization, raising money without venture capital, managing conflicts of interest, and finding real live customers.

Questions? Contact: gat0001@auburn.edu or gupta@auburn.edu

Dr. Earl H. Wagener earned his Ph. D. (1967) degree in physical organic chemistry from Clemson University. Over the past 40 years, he has held leadership positions in eleven research and development groups at Dow Chemical, Stepan, and Tetramer in both the U.S. and Europe. These groups have developed innovative products having cumulative sales of over $3 billion dollars, including: the first commercially feasible cathodic electrodeposition polymers, membranes for reverse osmosis, gas separation, fuel cells, and dialysis, urethane and epoxy polymers for the aerospace, electronic, automotive, and coatings industries, specialty latexes for coating, construction, medical, and agricultural industries, and specialty chemicals such as ion exchange resins, antibacterials, methocel, mining chemicals and surfactants for use in home care, personal care, agricultural, and food products.

Dr. Wagener joined Tetramer Technologies L.L.C., in 2001 as CEO. He has been the principal investigator for 7 Phase I, 4 Phase II, 2 Phase IIB and 1 Phase IIR NSF SBIR Awards. He is an NSF Senior Discovery Fellow and was elected to the Thomas Green Clemson Academy of Engineers and Scientists in 2002.

Dr. Richard Voyles Lecture: Securing NSF grants under the new I‐Corps Program

Posted in Events on July 3, 2012 at 6:09 pm

National Academy of Inventors‐AU Chapter* Sponsors a lecture by Dr. Richard Voyles, NSF I‐Corps Program Director

July 12, 2012; 11 – 12:00 AM lecture in Ross 136, open to all

10:00 Meeting with VIPs
11:00 Lecture in Ross 136, open to the whole university.
12:00 Lunch meeting with NAI-AU committee in Ross 202
1:00 Informal discussion with AU faculty interested in iCorp program, Ross 202

Securing NSF grants under the new I‐Corps Program

National Science Foundation is developing a new program to reinvigorate entrepreneurship tied to federally-sponsored research. Researchers with NSF-sponsored research ideas that they believe are nearing commercial potential can apply for funding to help determine the business potential of ground- breaking ideas. To qualify for funding and make a go/no-go decision on commercialization potential, PIs must do two things: assemble an entrepreneurial team and commit the team to enroll in an NSF- supported entrepreneurship course tailored for engineers and scientists. NSF has adopted an emerg- ing new curriculum that formulates business creation that is friendly to engineers and scientists. In an economic climate that presents increasing challenges due to the accelerating pace of technological change, and dwindling natural resources, greater speed and efficiency in translating academic advanc- es into meaningful impact on society is relevant to all. To read more about the I-Corps-funded projects, go to: http://steveblank.com/2012/03/26/the-national-science-foundation-innovation-corps-what- america-does-best/

In addition to I-Corps, Dr. Voyles is the lead Program Director for robotics at NSF. He will briefly discuss the National Robotics Initiative and its goals for infrastructure development. Questions? Contact: swamidas@auburn.edu

Dr. Richard Voyles: Dr. Voyles is NSF Program Director in the newly formed I‐Corps Program that grants up to $50,000 per project. Dr. Voyles received the B.S. in Electrical Engineering from Purdue University, M.S. from the De‐ partment of Mechanical Engineering at Stanford University in 1989, and Ph.D. in Robotics from the School of Com‐puter Science at Carnegie Mellon University in 1997. In addition to I‐Corps, he is a Program Director in the National Robotics Initiative, and Robust Intelligence. His research interests are in the areas of cyber physical systems, robotics and artificial intelligence; development of small, resource‐constrained robots and robot teams for urban search and rescue and surveillance; sensors and sensor calibration, particularly haptic and force sensors, real‐time control, and robotic manipulation. Dr. Voyles’ industrial experience includes Dart Controls, IBM Corp., Integrated Systems, Inc., and Avanti Optics. He has also served on the boards of various start‐ups and non‐profit groups, includ‐ ing The Works, a hands‐on, minds‐on engineering discovery center.

Auburn University Chapter of the National Academy of Inventors 2nd Annual Luncheon

Posted in Events on February 24, 2012 at 10:13 pm

The 2nd annual luncheon of the Auburn University Chapter of the National Academy of Inventors will take place at 11:45 am on Friday, March 9, 2012 in the Terrace Room at the Hotel and Dixon Conference Center in Auburn, Alabama.

11:45 Buffet Lunch
12:00 Welcome & Opening Remarks – Ram Gupta
12:10 “Importance of Research Commercialization” – John M. Mason
12:20 Presentation of Excellence in Innovation Award – John D. Weete
11:45 Introduction of Speaker – Bernhard Kaltenboeck
11:45 Speaker