“The researchers who earned Trask Innovation Fund awards are developing work that represents just a fraction of the life-changing ideas from Purdue that could lead to longer, healthier, happier and more productive lives.”
Corey Neu, assistant professor in Purdue's College of Engineering, received $50,000 to support "Critical Advancement to a New AFM/NMR Instrument." It allows researchers to better understand cell movement and physical and chemical properties at a single-cell level.
"We will be able to build a new kind of microscope system and generate data using the system that is essential to help commercialize the technology," he said.
Other researchers, projects and awards are:
* "Metamaterial Sound Insulation Panels," Thomas Siegmund, professor, College of Engineering, $33,626. It can be used to fabricate materials that control, direct and manipulate sound in various applications including aerospace, automotive and civil.
* "Wireless Positioning and Tracking Technology for Indoor Location Based Services," Byunghoo Jung, associate professor, College of Engineering, $49,548. It shows promise for an automated positioning and tracking system for indoor and outdoor applications with substantially higher resolution than GPS-style positioning systems.
* "Development of SPEAK more! A Language Training App for Individuals with Severe Autism," Oliver Wendt, assistant professor, College of Health and Human Sciences, $50,000. It shows promise in helping individuals affected by severe, non-verbal autism foster more robust communication with their families and others.
* "Fast Spectroscopy Imaging by Parallel-detection of Stimulated Raman Scattering," Ji-Xin Cheng, associate professor, College of Science, $50,000. It will allow researchers, clinicians or pathologists to look at live biological samples, without labeling, in real-time.
Dan Hasler, president of Purdue Research Foundation and chief entrepreneurial officer at Purdue University, said the university's culture of innovation impacts the globe.
"Faculty, staff and students and their dedication to improving the world are at the center of Purdue's environment of innovation," he said. "The researchers who earned Trask Innovation Fund awards are developing work that represents just a fraction of the life-changing ideas from Purdue that could lead to longer, healthier, happier and more productive lives."
The next submissions for the Trask Innovation Fund are due Sept. 13.
Purdue University has nearly 500 technologies available for licensing through the Office of Technology Commercialization. For more information, call 765-588-3341.