Research Area: Business & Technology

In Praise of a True Entrepreneur

By Marc Sedam, Executive Director, Office for Research Partnerships and Commercialization, and New Hampshire Innovation Research Center at the University of New Hampshire

INNOVATION in New Hampshire

New legislators were sworn in recently in Concord, NH and the NHIRC is ramping up to inform them about the program and its impact on the state’s jobs and economic development. NHIRC Day will be held on February 5th at noon in St. Paul’s Church where legislators are being invited to meet representatives from some of New Hampshire’s most innovative companies to learn how translational research funding helps companies innovate, stay and grow in New Hampshire, and how the NHIRC is a proven job creator for NH with 20:1 leverage on dollars spent.

Low-Tech Solutions in a High-Tech World

On November 27, 2012, I attended the Christa McAuliffe Technology Conference in Manchester, New Hampshire to showcase Dr. Therese Willkomm’s assistive technologies. I have the pleasure of working with one of UNH’s most creative and inventive faculty members, who is regularly referred to as the MacGyver of Assistive Technology (AT). Dr. Willkomm literally travels the world lecturing on rehabilitative technologies and constructing extraordinary tools on site to help those with disabilities.

Publish and Patent? You CAN Do Both

I review many of the published research or research-focused press releases and news articles coming from UNH. As a publicly funded state institution, I recognize that publishing research and disseminating information is not only the faculty’s highest concerns, but also UNH’s top priority. However, commercializing UNH’s innovations is an integral part of the University’s long-term mission. 

Imaging Radiation in Space, Imaging Radiation in our Backyards

Medical imaging isotopes transported on the highway. Improperly disposed radioactive research materials. Industrial site monitoring. Dirty bombs. Detecting radioactive materials at ports and border crossings before they enter the US.

If we can image radiation in the galaxy, what about imaging radiation in our backyards?

Answer: NSPECT – A Portable Imaging Neutron and Gamma-Ray Spectrometer

How it all came about:

RESEARCH PROFILE: Karen Conway: Using Economics to Study Real Life Issues

UNH Professor of Economics Karen Conway has been studying tax policy and its effects on relocation and employment of older citizens.  Her research on tax breaks for the elderly is especially important at a time when many state legislatures are contending with severe budget shortfalls.  Read what she's found out in this Research Profile: Karen Conway: Using Economics to Study Real Life Issues.

UNH Technology Transfer Center (UNH T² Center)

Provides technical and management information about road and bridge repair to public works directors, road agents, municipal officials, and private and public road-related organizations

UNH InterOperability Laboratory (UNH-IOL)

Acting as a non-profit, independent test lab, works with vendors of computer communication devices to resolve complex networking issues and to foster multi-vendor interoperability and/or conformance to standards while educating students for future employment

Rosenberg International Center of Franchising (RICF)

Advances the field of franchising through relevant research and innovative teaching by being actively involved in the communities of franchising, both to gain information about current trends and challenges and to share insights and solutions

Northeast Consortium (NEC)

Encourages and funds collaborative research and monitoring projects in the Gulf of Maine and Georges Bank through effective, equal partnerships among fishermen, scientists, educators, and marine resource managers to study broad range of topics including gear selectivity, fish habitat, stock assessments, and socioeconomics

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