December 2011

Sustainable Vision TeachingLab 2012

Sustainable Vision TeachingLab has been rescheduled from August 12-17, 2012 to early summer 2013 (exact date pending).

We received significant interest in the workshop, from educators based in many different areas of the world including India, Indonesia, the Philippines, Hong Kong, Trinidad and Tobago, the West Indies, Nicaragua, Peru, Kenya, and Senegal. However, due to scheduling issues, we have decided to hold the workshop in early summer 2013.

The NCIIA looks forward to bringing together faculty innovators from around the world, like you, for this intensive and creative workshop. We will reach out to you shortly with the new dates and an invitation to join us.

Join Sustainable Vision Connect! This community brings together faculty who

  • Prepare students to create cross-sector solutions to global problems
  • Build university programs that teach culturally appropriate technology and market-based innovation
  • Promote the launch of scalable businesses

Learn more about the network and access teaching materials and training and mentoring opportunities. Members from the US can apply for up to $50,000 in grants.

Thank you for your interest in the workshop.

Innovation and Innovators… Providing Solutions for People and the Planet

Webinars on innovation for university researchers

The Center for Sustainable Materials Chemistry (CSMC) at Oregon State University is pleased to bring you the Innovation Webinar Series.

Funded through grants from the National Science Foundation and ONAMI, this FREE series is being developed in conjunction with the NCIIA and ecosVC with the aim of providing STEM graduate students, faculty and post docs with knowledge on the rewards and benefits of learning the language of innovation—and the skills to translate their research into solutions to the challenges facing people and the planet!

So stay tuned and JOIN US for FREE three times per year as we explore a range of topics and hear what it takes to be successful—and what pitfalls to avoid from experts including investors, entrepreneurs, large companies, attorneys, tech transfer officers and more!


Publish vs. Patent and Its Effect on Your Career

February 21, 2013

12:00pm-1:00pm Pacific Standard Time (3:00pm-4:00pm Eastern Standard Time)


The question of whether to patent or publish is an important choice for researchers at all levels.  Depending upon industry or academia, the emphasis on patents and publications can differ.  Therefore, it is particularly important for graduate students to consider which path is best. Can the decision to patent or publish impact one’s career and what are the benefits of one vs. the other? 
How do industry and academia value patents and publications today?  What is important to consider when choosing to patent or publish?
Please join our panel in exploring these topics and more in the fourth of our ongoing series of Innovation Webinars presented by the Center for Sustainable Materials Chemistry (CSMC).

The panelists will be taking your LIVE audience questions:

  • Find out how industry and academia weigh the value of patents and publications in today’s innovation-driven market!
  • Understand how having publications and patents affects your future job prospects!
  • Learn about important factors to consider when deciding whether to publish or patent one’s research!

Our distinguished panelists:

Dr. Charles Williams, Assistant Vice President for Innovation, University of Oregon
Dr. Williams is the Assistant Vice President for Innovation at UO and responsible for overseeing the management of intellectual property, licensing  of UO innovations, and negotiating research grants and contracts. Chuck also serves as an adjunct instructor at UO’s School of Law.  Prior to joining UO in 2007, Chuck was  the Director of Digital Ventures at the University of Washington and lead instructor for UW’s Certificate in IP Management program.

Chuck holds a Ph.D. in Botany from the Univ. of Washington and a J.D from the University of Washington School of Law.  He is a  Washington State attorney with experience in sports entertainment and environmental law in addition to IP law.

Mr. Paul Harmon, Manager of Nanophotonics and Devices, Voxtel Inc.
Paul Harmon has wide experience making inventions real, ranging from technology conception to final product delivery and production. He leads a team of research scientists at the VoxtelNano subsidiary of Voxtel, Inc. Projects include quantum dot photon detectors and printed 3D gradient refractive index structures.  Earlier, Mr. Harmon was a Section Manager in the Advanced Research Lab of the Hewlett Packard Inkjet Business Unit. His team provided HP's first mass-produced photographic technology as well as page wide arrays of inkjet nozzles and the technology upon which HP's printing business now rests. Research in Paul's section created HP's Atomic Resolution Storage and the derivative world leading Richter MEMs accelerometer. He was a key designer of the original series of DeskJet printers.

Mr. Harmon received his MSME from Stanford University in 1989 and a BSME in 1981 from the University of Washington. Mr. Harmon holds 43 issued Patents worldwide.

Maisha Kamunde-Devonish, Graduate Student at the University of Oregon in the Center for Sustainable Materials Chemistry, moderates the panel.

REGISTER NOW! Space is limited!*

*Only the first 100 registrants to sign in on Feb 21 will be able to join the live webinar. A recording will be posted afterwards but sign in early so you can be sure to ask YOUR questions!



Webinars coming up!

TBD, 2013 - Research in Industry, and How it Differs from Academia

See more information on the CSMC Seminar Series and to view videos of past webinars, such as Intellectual Property, Tech Transfer and YOU


the CSMC Kickoff Materials and Coatings Panel

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and the CSMC Kickoff Electronic and Electro Optical Films

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 Who should connect?

University faculty worldwide:

  • From a broad range of disciplines, including engineering, design, sciences, social sciences, business and entrepreneurship
  • With demonstrated commitment to teaching field-based innovation that addresses global problems
  • Who are dedicated to reciprocal partnerships with end-users

Connect for practice

Sustainable Vision Connect members are invited to attend annual meetings to discuss how to:

  • Prepare students to create cross-sector solutions to global problems
  • Build university programs that teach culturally appropriate technology and market-based innovation
  • Promote the launch of scalable businesses, like Greenlight Planet. Watch the video:


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If you have any questions about Sustainable Vision Connect, contact

Sustainable Vision Connect 2013, a one-day preconference workshop designed specifically for faculty building strong educational programs around invention and innovation for poverty alleviation and basic human needs, will be taking place March 21, 2013 in Washington, D.C.

This event is full to capacity, and registration is now closed. For any questions, please email


Sustainable Vision Connect Advisors

Iqbal Quadir, Director, Legatum Center for Development and Entrepreneurship at MIT

Paul Polak, Founder, International Development Enterprises

Amy Smith, Founder of the D-Lab program at MIT

Paul Hudnut, Co-Director of the Global Innovation Center for Energy, Environment and Health at CSU


Principal partner


Case studies: global technology projects funded by NCIIA