October 2009

Michael Pugliese

Michael Pugliese graduated from Arizona State University in 2008 with a BS in Mechanical Engineering Technology. He continues his studies at Arizona State University towards a MS in the same field. Michael also has been working for Goodrich TurboMachinery as a manufacturing engineer for the past several years.

Ivana Zelenika

Ivana Zelenika is a graduate student in the School of Environmental Studies at Queen's University doing research in open source appropriate technology. She is also involved with the Queen's University Applied Sustainability Research Group, Chairs the Graduate and Professional Students Sustainability Committee and sits on the Queen's University Sustainability Advisory Committee. Her thesis research on open source appropriate technology will study the applications and barriers to open source A.T. collaborations in regard to sustainable development.

Deborah Streeter

Deborah Streeter is the Bruce F. Failing, Senior Professor of Personal Enterprise in the Department of Applied Economics and Management at Cornell University. Entrepreneurship and small business management are the focus of Streeter's research, teaching, and outreach programs. She is part of the university-wide Entrepreneurship@Cornell Program, which offers courses in entrepreneurship in almost all of Cornell's schools and colleges. Her research interests include the role of entrepreneurship and small business in economic development, with a particular focus on the effectiveness of business training and planning for start-ups. Streeter has developed eClips, a database of digital video interviews, with entrepreneurs across the country. The in-depth interviews are digitized, cut into clips by topic, and are used in a multimedia format to teach entrepreneurship and small business management. The entrepreneurs she interviewed range from early start-ups to established companies and from high-tech Internet companies to manufacturing and service firms.

Charles Burke

Charles Burke received his Ph.D. in biochemistry from the University of Illinois, an MAT from Colgate University and his AB in chemistry from Cornell University. Currently, Burke is the Director for Strategy/Business Development at Central Michigan University’s LaBelle Entrepreneurial Center. He is also a director for Gema Diagnostics, Inc. Previously, Burke was CEO of Dendritic NanoTechnologies, founder and president of a consulting company involved with start-up biotechnology and dot-com companies, and CEO of Research Biochemicals International. Burke’s current interests are in understanding how to identify prospective entrepreneurs and defining what tools are important in helping start successful companies.

2010 Annual Conference venue selected

San Francisco will host next year's gathering of the leading thinkers on techology innovation and entrepreneurship in higher education. 

'Open,' the NCIIA's 2010 Annual Conference, will be held at the San Francisco Hilton - Financial District. The Exploratorium will be the setting for the annual March Madness for the Mind showcase of collegiate student technology innovations.

Our program is designed to give faculty and students access to the latest knowledge and best teaching practices in the field of technology innovation. The program includes more than 70 presentations and panels, a new series of high impact workshops sponsored by the National Science Foundation, the annual Olympus Innovation Awards (nominate a faculty member now!), and the Venture Well Forum.

We're accepting registrations now for the conference and applications for March Madness for the Mind. Register now to take advantage of early rates. Join us in San Francisco in 2010!


One doctor for every 50,000 people...

Bringing basic medical care to people in developing countries, using laptops, cell phones, innovative software and simple medical devices. Sustainable Vision grantees Lauren Ellis and Aaron Fleishman from Penn State sent us this video about the Mashavu project.





2008 Intel ISEF/NCIIA winners

2008 Intel ISEF Winners
Production of Highly Resistant and Heat Insulated Brick by Using Waste Boron and Calculating the Provided Energy Saving
Oguz Koca & Utku Durmaz, Maltepe
Military High School, Turkey
Reducing Formation of Scale with Magnetic Descaler
Maria Orb
Jogeva Co-Educational Gymnasium, Estonia
Germicidal Organics on Mycobacterium fortuitum
Bailey Denise Day
Andrews High School, USA
Bio-MEMS Radio Frequency Identification (RFID) Device for Systolic and Diastolic Blood Pressure Monitoring
Joshua Michael Schwartz
Oceanside High School, USA
Desert Desiccant: Low Humidity Therapy for Arthritis Pain Relief
Mary Lucia Leone Hedberg
North Attleborough High School, USA
Engineered Anaerobic Digestion Utilizing a Thermophilic Media
Barnett Samuel Koven
Millburn High School, USA
Hybrid Electromagnetic Drum Brake System
Syed Ridzuan
Mara Junior Science College, Taiping Wan Rohani Harun, Malaysia
Energy Conservation Through the Mitigation of Multiple Daylighting Façade Scenarios for Schools
Bradley T Williams
Bishop McDevitt High School, USA
Washing Machines's Spare Parts Transformed into a Bread Dough Mixer
Pitter Wesley dos Santos Oliveira, Cleiton Silva Soares, & Gleberson Sena Souza
Fundacao Bradesco, Brazil
The Actuator
Michael Peters
Glenlon-Norfolk School, Canada
So Many Data-So Few Lables: The Effects of Autoencoders on Unlabled Data for Pattern Recognition
Thomas Thompson
Huron High School, USA

Intel ISEF

In May 2010, more than 1,500 of the world's most promising scientists and innovators gathered to compete in the Intel International Science and Engineering Fair. Representing more than 50 countries, territories and regions, each of these students earned top honors at local and regional competitions before being selected as finalists at the 2010 competition. NCIIA made 11 special awards of $1,000 each to teams selected by a panel of reviewers. The winning projects reflected the different technology interests of various countries:

Construction of a Continuous Flow SODIS System with PET Bottles Integrated to a Water and Waste-water Treatment System
Karoline Lopes Martins
Centro Federal de Educacao Tecnologica de Minas Gerais, Brazil

Self-reinforced Polymer Composite from Postconsumer Waste
Chun Hei Lam
Shun Tak Fraternal Association, Yung Yau College, Hong Kong

Towards Building a Respiratory Monitoring Device: Assessing the Accuracy of a Thermistor-based Sensor
Nicole Tsai
High Technology High School, USA

Study of Magnetic Properties for Nanocrystalline Materials
Daniel Neimark
Religious Comprehensive "AMIT" High School, Israel

Novel Computer Controlling Wireless Device for Handicapped People
Ganindu Nanayakkara
Ananda College, Sri Lanka

Novel Thermogelling Dispersions of Polymer Nanoparticles for Controlled Drug Delivery
Peter Hu
Texas Academy of Mathematics and Science, USA

Utilization of the Fungus Aspergillus niger on Wasterwater Treatment II
William Lopes
Fundacao Escola Tecnica Liberato Salzano Vieira da Cunha, Brazil

Identification of a Super Hybrid Rice Variety, Guangzhan 635/1128, Using Simple Sequence Repeat Molecular Markers
Tiffanie Stone
Academy for Science and Agriculture, USA

Identification of Biological Insect-larvicides
Joao Batista de Castro David Junior
Colegio Estadual Liceu de Maracanau, Brazil

Integrating Programmable Thermostats with the National Digital Forecast Database XML Web Service and Web Scheduler to Maximize Energy Efficiency
Neil Nijhawan and Kush Nijhawan
duPont Manual High School, USA

"Green" Synthesis of Nanowires on FTO Substrates for Organic Dye-based Solar Cells: Analysis with New Rapid D-SCOPE 2.0
Shyamal Buch
Vista del Lago High School, USA

Baylor's 'Village Energy' venture awarded $200,000 grant

For the past two years, a Sustainable Vision team from Baylor University has worked in remote villages in Honduras, helping locals build mini hydro-power stations.

The team's company, Village Energy, was recently awarded a $200,000 grant from the Inter-American Development Bank - one of 21 grants the IADB awarded for its “Energy Innovation Contest”. Submissions were judged on the criteria of energy access to impoverished peoples, innovative financial models, and use of renewable energy among others.

"I knew we were a good fit, said team leader Brian Thomas, "but there were over 1,000 applicants, so I was very glad and grateful to receive it. We partnered with a Honduran organization that promotes small-scale renewable energy systems in Honduras."

Village Energy is seeking a further $150,000 in investments. Brian can be contacted here. Read more about the project.



Submit a poster proposal for the 14th Annual Conference

We have limited space for posters at the NCIIA Annual Conference. Don't miss out on the chance to contribute to the vibrant and growing body of knowledge in the field of technology entrepreneurship education.

Login and submit a 150-word poster proposal for review and consideration for the poster session at the NCIIA 14th Annual Conference. After logging in, select "Apply for a grant or enter a competition" and then click "Select an RFP."

We're looking for posters in the following areas of general interest:

  • Curriculum
  • Programs and centers
  • Exciting projects
  • Evaluation and assessment

Suggested poster content:

  • Title
  • 150-250 word description
  • Contact information for presenter(s)
  • Graphics and illustrations

The deadline for submissions is February 22, 2010. Poster session participants will receive the conference presenter registration rate of $490.