Center Creates Technology of Its Own
It started as an improvisation, a gizmo created by staff at
NASA’s USC Viterbi School of Engineering’s Far West Regional
Technology Transfer Center (RTTC) to enable the center’s chief
to give presentations that would be more vivid and striking
The gizmo that RTTC staffers came up
with – an ultracompact and inexpensive device that can present
ultrahigh definition video – is now stepping up to a new level.
In August, the Los Angeles chain Landmark Theaters used it to
show an Ingmar Bergman film.
Far West RTTC and CSA Partner to Deliver Tech Transfer Results
The Far West RTTC is
affiliated with California Space Authority (CSA) in a strategic
alliance to foster innovative partnerships with NASA. Efforts to
forge partnerships between NASA and California space companies
include outreach, events, lead generation and SBIR/STTR
Ken Dozier Appointed to Blue Ribbon Task Force on
Executive Director of the USC ETTC, has been named to the newly
formed California Blue Ribbon Task Force on Nanotechnology.
Dozier is one of forty selected for membership on the task
force. Dozier will serve on the Policy and Ethics subcommittee.
Other task force subcommittees include Research and Development,
Education, Commercialization and Facilities/Infrastructure.....
NASA JPL: Your Research institution Partner for STTR
JPL is the only Federally Funded Research and Development Center
(FFRDC) in the NASA family. As an FFRDC, JPL can fill the
role of research institution partner required for all STTR
proposals. In addition to being an FFRDC, JPL is considered by
many to be NASA’s technology powerhouse, with broad-ranging
expertise and capabilities across a wide spectrum of
NASA Far West RTTC suppliers ranked among the top at USC
West RTTC small business suppliers captured the number one and
number two rankings in the category of government subcontractors
at the University of Southern California this year. Those two
small businesses are among the fifteen highest ranking small
business suppliers to the University.
Loftus, Innovator of Nanotechnology “Vision Chip” Speaks at
Dr. David J. Loftus of
NASA’s Ames Research Center made two presentations at the
NASA Medical Technology Summit on February 11-13, 2003
in Pasadena, California. Dr. Loftus, discussed his work at
NASA in developing a “Vision Chip” designed to restore vision in
patients suffering from age-related macular degeneration, the
number one cause of blindness in the elderly. He also
presented his research on the use of carbon nanotube “Bucky” paper
as a scaffold for retinal cell transplantation. Dr. Loftus also
was available for one-on-one conversations to discuss future
commercial development opportunities for both of these
Comedy Skit Plays in San Jose
You Wanna Get an SBIR," a comedy skit written by the Far
West RTTC to provide an entertaining introduction to key elements
of the SBIR program, made its second appearance on stage on
the first day of a NASA SBIR/STTR workshop held in San Jose
on May 30. The second day featured a session on SBIR Phase I
preparation presented by Jim and Gail Greenwood. The two-day
workshop was organized by the Center for Applied Competitive
Technologies (CACT) / De Anza College and sponsored by the NASA
Far West RTTC. The skit premiered last December for a brief
one-day run at the ITEC conference in Honolulu, Hawaii.
D Studios to Market NASA Ames Technology
April 12 /PRNewswire/ -- Six D, Inc., announced today that it
has obtained the license to market a unique image compression
technology developed at NASA. Six D becomes the first company
in the United States to acquire a Patent License Agreement from
the National Aeronautics and Space Administration to commercialize
NASA's DCTune technology.
JPL Website Promotes Joint Technology Development
Of the ten NASA research
centers in the U.S., nine are owned and operated by the federal
government. Only NASA Jet Propulsion Laboratory (JPL) is owned
by the government and operated by an outside contractor, the California
Institute of Technology (Caltech). Federal Laboratories that are
government owned and contractor operated are also known as Federally
Funded Research and Development Centers (FFRDC). This designation
confers a unique status on JPL in terms of the types of services
it can offer to companies who are seeking to develop technology
into commercially viable products and services. JPL's position
as NASA's only FFRDC means that it can participate in various
technology commercialization activities that are generally not
permitted at other NASA centers.
ETTC and Marshall School of Business Team on Winning NSF Proposal
USC ETTC and the USC
Marshall School of Business are partners in a newly awarded grant
from the National Science Foundation (NSF) to develop the National
Network for Technology Entrepreneurship and Commercialization
(N2TEC). The NSF award, totaling $600,000 over two years, will
be matched by another $600,000 from collaborating N2TEC partners,
bringing the total program cost to $1.2M. NSF made the award to
USC under its Partnerships for Innovation Program. USC will create
and implement N2TEC as a national network to coordinate and provide
a variety of resources and knowledge so that network users, particularly
under-served schools and communities, can collaborate and innovate.
West RTTC Sponsors Breakfast Roundtable on Digital Cinema
On October 23, 2001 the Far West RTTC sponsored a breakfast roundtable
and panel discussion devoted to the subject of digital cinema.
The two-hour event, held in Beverly Hills, California, was organized
and presented by the Digital Coast Roundtable (DCR), a non-profit
organization established in 1998 to support the growth of emerging
technology and digital media companies in the southern California
region, from San Diego to Santa Barbara. The roundtable provided
an opportunity for Far West RTTC to showcase several "Hot
Technologies" available for commercialization from NASA Ames
Teams with IMSC on Taiwan Multimedia Industry Plan
USC's Integrated Media Systems Center (IMSC) in preparation and
presentation of a strategic plan for developing Taiwan's multimedia
industry. The plan was delivered to Taiwanese officials at a workshop
held in Taipei in October 2000. Isaac Maya, IMSC's Director of
Industry and Technology Transfer Programs, explained that "the
goal of the strategic plan is to help Taiwan increase its networked
multimedia industry from a market scale of nearly three-fourths
of a billion dollars today to $10.6 billion in five years. The
strategic plan includes a series of recommendations to achieve
Wins $750,000 EDA Award
is the recipient of a $750,000 Public Works Program Grant from
the U.S. Economic Development Administration. EDA Public Works
Program Grants are for capital construction projects and infrastructure
improvements and are intended to encourage job retention and boost
new job creation in economically distressed areas. USC ETTC will
use the EDA funds to refurbish and upgrade 10,000 square feet
of office space in the USC Research Annex building. The newly
refurbished space will house a state-of-the-art demonstration
site showcasing current and future smart building technologies.
Construction is expected to begin in mid-2001.
Reauthorizes SBIR Program
15, 2000 Congress approved reauthorization of the Small Business
Innovation Research (SBIR) program in H.R. 5667, tacked on to
the FY2001 Labor, Health and Human Services, and Education Appropriations
bill. The bill has been sent to the president for signature. The
eleventh hour action, coming on the final day of the 106th Congress,
provided a much-needed boost to small businesses that participate
in the widely popular SBIR program.
ETTC acknowledged publicly as a founding sponsor of the Hawaii
Technology Trade Association (HTTA)
The USC ETTC
is proud to announce that it has recently been acknowledged publicly
as a founding sponsor of the Hawaii Technology Trade Association
(HTTA). The role of the ETTC in establishing HTTA was recognized
at an awards luncheon that was part of the Hawaii organization's
HiTech Hawaii@2000 conference held in Honolulu October 11-12,
2000. The theme of the conference was "Connecting to the New Economy."
Brian Leon elected to Board Of Technology Transfer
Brian Leon, USC ETTC Project
Manager, has been elected to the Board of Directors of the Technology
Transfer Society (T2S). Mr. Leon was elected to a two-year term
as Vice President of Operations. The Technology Transfer Society
is a not-for-profit professional organization that was established
in 1975. The Society is dedicated to sharing methods, opportunities
and schools of thought with the technology transfer community.
Member organizations find opportunities to promote their businesses
and learn how to incorporate technology transfer into their business
Feature -"The Learning Center"- added to USC ETTC Website
The USC ETTC has recently
added a new feature to its website called "The Learning Center".
This new section features selected proceedings from conferences
and presentations, links to other web resources, technology licensing
information, and business development information.
ETTC Receives Morill Award From Tech Transfer Society
Morrill Award is given out by the Technology Transfer Society
in recognition of Excellence in Technology Transfer. The national
award is presented to an organization that has an exemplary record
on the transfer of technology, and also has made outstanding contributions
to the theory and practices that are widely used by others.
and Glendale CC Sign Minority Outreach Agreement
The USC School of
Engineering Technology Transfer Center (USC ETTC) has signed a
Memorandum of Understanding with Glendale Community College (GCC)
to link the two-year college with NASA's Technology Transfer program.
USC ETTC is the designated NASA Far West Regional Technology Transfer
Center (Far West RTTC). The agreement enables USC ETTC to provide
assistance to minority student and other programs at GCC's new
$2 million NASA/JPL science education center, established with
legislative sponsorship and funding support by Glendale-area congressman
Technology Portfolios in the New Millennium
USC's ETTC has developed a unique
and valuable approach to commercial assessment and marketing of
technology portfolios owned by organizations such as federal agencies,
corporations, and educational institutions.
ETTC Hosts Technology Transfer Society Web Site
Have you noticed the distinctive
blue logo with the large capital T in the vertical gray bar on
this web page? It is the logo of the Technology Transfer Society
(T2S), a "not-for-profit professional organization dedicated to
sharing methods, opportunities and schools of thought with the
technology transfer community."
ETTC Sponsors Venture Funding Forum
What do California Governor Gray
Davis, Los Angeles Mayor Richard Riordan, the Los Angeles Regional
Technology Alliance, the Los Angeles County Economic Development
Corporation and USC's School of Engineering Technology Transfer
Center (USC ETTC) have in common?
and Working on Mars
Creative design concepts of USC
students meet the challenge of the harsh Mars environment.
The temperature ranges from a balmy 80 to minus 200 degrees Fahrenheit.
The atmosphere is mostly carbon dioxide and too thin to breathe.
So thin, in fact, that it barely slows down the barrages of micrometeorites.
Rises to 12th in U.S. News Ranking
USC Engineering Awards to be Presented April 9 Microsoft Executive
The 1999 U.S. News and World Report
Annual Guide to Best Graduate Schools has ranked USC’s schools
of engineering, business, law, medicine and education among the
nation’s leading graduate schools.
The University of Southern California's
annual Engineering Awards Luncheon, always a stellar gathering of
engineering executives and educators, is generating extra interest
this year. The 1999 event, slated for Friday, April 9, from noon
to 2 p.m. in the Regal Biltmore Hotel, will feature Robert J. Herbold,
executive vice president and chief operating officer of the Microsoft
Corp., as keynote speaker.
Early Career Awards Go To Two USC Engineers
Two USC researchers have received
the prestigious Presidential Early Career Award for Scientists
and Engineers (PECASE), which comes with about $500,000 in research
funds from one of eight federal agencies that nominate the recipients.
Studies the Flashy, Complex ‘Be Star’
When USC astronomer Gerrie Peters
looks up at the sky on a clear night, she does not wonder what
stars she sees. She is looking at the one in 30 that are “Be stars,”
and after almost 30 years she is beginning to understand their
very complex twinkle.
Key Gender Difference Vanishes in Cyberspace
USC researchers have found that
one of the largest known cognitive differences between men and
women, that of mental rotation, disappears when subjects are tested
using virtual reality technology.
Links With Universities and Research Centers in Test of 'Next
Joining a trailblazing effort to
boost Internet connection speeds by 200 times, USC recently linked
up with several major West Coast universities and research centers
via next-generation fiber-optic lines that promise to revolutionize
how data is transmitted.
Help Students to Learn in Cyberspace
Steve (Soar Training Expert for
Virtual Environments) hovers nearby as you move electronically
through a maze of controls in the engine room of a virtual U.S.
Navy surface ship. He provides explanations, answers questions,
gives demonstrations, and offers helpful hints when you're stumped.
He never makes a mistake and never tires, yet he has infinite
patience with human fallibility and fatigue.
Release by Biomedical Simulations Resource (BMSR), USC
A new software ADAPT has been developed
as part of the Service function of the Biomedical Simulations
Resource (BMSR) at the University of Southern California, under
support from the Biotechnology Program of the National Center
for Research Resources at the National Institutes of Health.
The Hitchhiker in Discovery's Baggage Compartment
USC gets global exposure for experiment
on ultraviolet solar radiation. John Glenn may have been the center
of attention as the shuttle Discovery orbited, but back in the
baggage compartment, USC ruled.
Your Digital Cake and Eating It, Too
Sometimes you can have your cake
and eat it too. With digital television, you not only get to eat
the cake and keep it, but the cake gets bigger, tastier and richer.
USC Forge Partnership
DigitalXpress and the School of
Engineering have signed a memo of understanding for the St. Paul-based
provider of satellite communications services to deliver the school’s
graduate degree courses to American corporations, starting in
Release by Biomedical Simulations Resource (BMSR), USC
LYSIS (the Greek word for "solution")
is an interactive software package that can be used for time-series
data analysis as well as modeling and simulation of linear and
nonlinear dynamic systems.
Internet 2 will be a reality in
California, when the Corporation for Education Network Initiatives
in California (CENIC) officially launches its two-ring high- performance
network, dubbed CalREN-2
Groups to Collaborate with USC on Multimedia Technology
Education officials from Hawaii
and West Virginia have signed an agreement with the University
of Southern California to collaborate on the implementation of
multimedia and creative technologies in local schools.
Plans Transition to International Nonprofit Group
Consistent with a U.S. government-proposed
plan, the Internet Assigned Numbers Authority (IANA), which coordinates
the Internet's address system, domain names, and protocols, is
preparing to transition its responsibilities to an international
not-for-profit corporation run by a board of directors representing
the spectrum of Internet interests around the world.
Analysis Gives Bus Service a Boost
University of Southern California
engineers say that high technology could improve low-tech bus
service but not without changing the habits of bus drivers and
Filter Promises Wide Applications
A new, inexpensive filter efficiently
removes sulfur and other impurities from crude oil and serves
as a miniature refinery to upgrade the crude, a USC researcher
Information Systems Lab at USC
In establishing groundbreaking Geographic
Information Systems labs in Montana and at USC, this professor
was propelled to a position of prominence in the field.
Team Pushes the Nanotechnology Frontier
In very small but hugely significant
print, an interdisciplinary team of scientists at the Laboratory
for Molecular Robotics has boldly placed the USC mark on the nanotechnology
To Roll Out Internet2
The School of Engineering's Information
Sciences Institute, which played a key role in the development
of the original Internet, will also be part of the just-anounced
effort to build the higher speed, follow-on, Internet2 system.
Teleconferencing Enters the Brave
New World of Virtual Reality
Development of a new kind of immersive
teleconferencing system in which three-dimensionally modeled "avatars"
of human conferees will interact is the vision held out by computer
scientist Ulrich Neumann.
E. Mann Biomedical Foundation Commits $100 Million to establish
USC Research Institute dedicated to Technology Transfer
Juices Up High School Biology With BioSIGHT
Biomedical industry entrepreneur
and University of Southern California trustee Alfred E. Mann has
committed $100 million through his foundation to the USC School
of Engineering to establish the Alfred E. Mann Institute for Biomedical
Engineering. It will be known as AMI-USC.
1998 Engineering Honors to Be
Presented on March 20
Qualcomm's Andrew Viterbi will deliver
the keynote address,Laws Governing the Wireless Industry,
at the March 20 event.
It's not your father's science class.
This new interactive course excites young potential scientists.