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May Update- UC Students and SBI Faculty Assisted NASA Researcher in Commercializing Technologies

Friday, May 26, 2017 4:33 PM
As part of a Capstone experience, undergraduate UC students provided an expansion plan for NASA technologies

As part of an ongoing partnership connecting the University of Cincinnati with NASA, a group of UC students and faculty from the CEC Small Business Institute Program (SBI) put their skills to work by helping NASA researcher and social entrepreneur Jonathan Trent, PhD, plan to commercialize innovative new technologies.

The project included students and faculty assisting Trent in his efforts to promote alternative energy technologies that he developed at NASA for a worldwide audience through the use of his nonprofit, the OMEGA Global Initiative (OGI).

“OGI is a fascinating and inspirational non-profit organization with connections to truly innovative and potentially world-changing technology,” said MBA student Taylor Broda, who recently worked with a collection of UC graduate and honors undergraduate students on developing a growth plan for the organization.

As part of a Capstone experience, undergraduate UC students involved in this project were tasked with providing an expansion plan for Trent’s OMEGA technology, which promises to convert sewage water into an alternative energy. Though the non-profit is situated in California, the plan the students developed assessed the potential of Latin American sites for Trent’s offshore technology.

Nick Partie, a Lindner Honors Plus student and member of the student consulting team stated, “Dr. Trent has developed an incredible technology in OMEGA and through our Capstone project, we look forward to bringing this technology to a much needed Latin American market.”

Through UC CEC’s collaboration with NASA and OGI, UC faculty and students have been able to support this globe-spanning project.

“It was privilege to work with such highly motivated UC students and to serve both NASA and OGI in the development of strategic growth and foreign expansion plans for an emerging technology”, said Thomas Dalziel, PhD, SBI Director and Executive Director, Center for Entrepreneurship & Commercialization.

This partnership marks a landmark collaboration between the University of Cincinnati and NASA. "Having students involved in assessing technology transfer opportunities added an extremely powerful new tool, and a new perspective, for NASA," said Rose Grymes, acting chief of technology partnerships at the NASA Ames Research Center.

Summing up the results of the project, Peter Becker, Ph.D of OGI concluded: “It was a bravura performance supporting an original, excellent, professional product.”