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Region's Top Universities Presented Cybersecurity, Health IT/Biotech, Sensors and Energy Research at March 23 NVTC University Technology Exhibition

Last Friday, March 23, about 200 attendees from regional universities and technology companies gathered at the Hilton McLean for the NVTC University Technology Exhibition to explore the incredible potential of technology transfer, commercialization, licensing, and research and development.

During the event, researchers from the region’s universities participated in breakout presentations on cybersecurity, health IT/biotechnology, sensors and energy:

  • Cybersecurity: Representatives from George Mason University, University of Maryland, Virginia Commonwealth University and Virginia Tech, shared their cybersecurity research with topics including securing the cloud, mobile security, cyber analytics, artificial malware immunizations and sensing for dynamic spectrum access.
  • Health IT/Biotechnology: Experts from George Mason University, The George Washington University, Virginia Commonwealth University and Virginia Tech gave an overview of their health IT/biotechnology research including an IT-based solution for improving care of depression, machine-aided translation technology, analysis of microcirculations via image processing and the increasing role of academia in drug discovery.
  • Sensors: Presenters from The George Washington University and the University of Maryland discussed breakthrough technologies for molecular diagnostics, food safety inspection and biohazard detection, a portable cell lysis device for point of care analysis and sensing small changes in a wave chaotic scattering system.
  • Energy: The George Washington University and University of Virginia panelists shared research in smart energy, including efforts to improve automobile fuel economy, energy conservation and replacing fossil fuels with solar energy and other alternative forms.
University and technology company attendees discuss research in the exhibit hall at the NVTC University Technology Exhibition.
University and technology company attendees discuss research in the exhibit hall at the NVTC University Technology Exhibition.

In addition, the event included a trade show with exhibits from George Mason University; The George Washington University; James Madison University; Naval Research Laboratory; University of Maryland; University of Virginia; Virginia Commonwealth University; and Virginia Tech.

The luncheon portion of the exhibition featured a panel, moderated by Jerry Gordon, president and CEO of Fairfax County Economic Development Authority, in which technology executives shared their companies' experiences with university collaborations and best practices for developing successful partnerships. Gurtej Sandhu of Micron Technology Inc. shared his experience with Micron Technology's partnership with U.Va., the College of William & Mary and Old Dominion University on the Virginia Nanoelectronics Center (ViNC); Scott Aken of L-3 Communications - STRATIS Division shared his involvement in L-3 Communications' cybersecurity R&D partnership with Va. Tech.; Larry Cummings of Trane discussed Trane's research partnership with U.Va.'s School of Engineering and Applied Science; and serial entrepreneur Mike Grisham of GPB Scientific discussed his experience with licensing university technology.

A panel of technology executives share their experiences with university partnerships during the luncheon at the NVTC University Technology Exhibition.
A panel of technology executives share their experiences with university partnerships during the luncheon at the NVTC University Technology Exhibition.

During the interactive discussion, the panelists shared their companies’ reasons for partnering with the region’s universities, how the partnership has benefitted their company, and their tips for creating a successful partnership, including pitfalls to avoid. Panelists emphasized the importance of determining ownership of any research and intellectual property coming out of the partnership and taking the time to find the right university partner whose mission and goals align with your company’s to ensure a win-win relationship. Click here to view video of the luncheon panel.

Click here for more information on the event or to view the university presentation materials.