Innovation

UNH launches innovation effort to work with businesses

This week, the University of New Hampshire launched UNH Innovation, an initiative that brings together the institution's licensing efforts, a lab that tests data networking technologies, and other programs, and builds upon them.

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Center for Engineering Innovation turns ideas into products

A new center is helping companies turn their ideas into products by providing pay-as-you-go engineering services. The Center for Engineering Innovation opened at the Utah Science Technology and Research innovation center on the University of Utah campus this summer.

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University of Chicago to open business incubator to spur innovation

The University of Chicago will open the incubator, called the Chicago Innovation Exchange, late next year to turn early stage ideas into businesses. The announcement coincides with universities’ growing efforts to commercialize their faculty and student research. At the same time, they’re justifying the taxpayer-funded lab work and enabling students to gain business and workplace skills.

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New app will deliver real-time Utah air quality information

Weber State University students have created an app that delivers real-time air quality information. Available for both iOS and Android users, the app incorporates the Utah Division of Air Quality's new air quality alert system, including three symbols that indicate if there are voluntary or mandatory actions the public should take based on the Environmental Protection Agency's air quality index.

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Robotics curriculum on a growth trajectory

Five years ago, there were no universities offering an undergraduate major in robotics. Today, “robotics is a high-growth area,” says Mike Gennert, the director of the Robotics Engineering Program at the Worcester Polytechnic Institute, a 5,700-student university in Massachusetts.

The robotics curriculum is on a growth trajectory

Five years ago, there were no universities offering an undergraduate major in robotics. Today, “robotics is a high-growth area,” says Mike Gennert, the director of the Robotics Engineering Program at the Worcester Polytechnic Institute (WPI), a 5,700-student university in Massachusetts.

“Nationally, we are seeing a growing number of undergraduate majors, and the number of grad programs has doubled or tripled in the last few years,” he says.

The field of robotics is expanding as the technology becomes more commercially viable.

LEGOs help build engineers brick by brick

For years, educators have recognized that children playing with LEGOs exhibit a natural talent in problem-solving and creativity. Because engineering students often have extensive experience with LEGOs, big-name universities, including Carnegie Mellon, Arizona State, University of Nevada-Reno, and Texas A&M are eager to work LEGO into their undergraduate curriculum to engage and retain students.

LEGOs are being integrated into engineering curricula

For years, educators have recognized that children playing with LEGOs exhibit a natural talent in problem-solving and creativity. Because engineering students often have extensive experience with LEGOs, big-name universities, including Carnegie Mellon, Arizona State, University of Nevada-Reno, and Texas A&M are eager to work LEGO into their undergraduate curriculum to engage and retain students.

Ford to study new battery technology at University of Michigan

Ford announced it is partnering with University of Michigan to research and develop "new battery concepts" to use in its cars and trucks. Together, Ford and UM have built an $8 million battery lab wherein they will collaborate on the development of "batteries that are smaller, lighter and less expensive to produce" than today's technology.

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Stanford students win Fast Co. Innovation by Design award

Eight students from Stanford University have won an Innovation by Design award from Fast Company for their "SparkTruck," a bookmobile-like vehicle that brings rapid prototyping capability to students around the country who do not have it available at their college.

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