U.Va. to Showcase Innovative Research at NVTC University Technology Exhibition

February 10, 2011

February 10, 2011 — Leading University of Virginia researchers will present their discoveries in the areas of telemedicine, cybersecurity and wireless systems, among others, at the Northern Virginia Technology Council University Technology Exhibition on Feb 24.

Held at the Hilton in Tysons Corner, the first-time event will bring together the region's academic research and technology business communities to explore potential collaborations for technology development and commercialization. Representatives from the U.Va. Office of the Vice President for Research, School of Engineering and Applied Science, Patent Foundation  and Applied Research Institute will present at the event.

"The University's best-in-class programs in translational research are paving the way for groundbreaking research that can make a positive impact in the market and in the clinic as these new products and services spur economic development and job creation," said W. Mark Crowell, executive director and associate vice president for innovation partnerships and commercialization at U.Va. "The University of Virginia is eager to develop strategic partnerships that advance this research."

Crowell will moderate a panel discussion featuring Barry Horowitz, chair and professor in the Department of Systems and Information Engineering, and Mary Lou Soffa, chair and professor in the Department of Computer Science. The panelists will discuss how the U.Va. Engineering School supports the University's innovation and research agenda.

Patent Foundation representatives will be on hand to discuss technology licensing opportunities with industry professionals and entrepreneurs. Researchers throughout the University report 150 to 200 inventions each year, many of which are patented and commercialized by the Patent Foundation.

Representatives from the U.Va. Applied Research Institute will also be available to discuss how the institute is facilitating U.Va. researchers' work with government and commercial partners.

James M. Guyette, president and chief executive officer of Rolls-Royce North America, will provide keynote remarks during the luncheon program. Guyette will discuss the creation and development of the Commonwealth Center for Advanced Manufacturing, an advanced manufacturing research facility founded by Rolls-Royce, U.Va. and Virginia Tech. The luncheon will open with remarks from Virginia Secretary of Technology Jim Duffey on the future of the Commonwealth's cybersecurity sector.

Registration is open here.

About the University of Virginia School of Engineering and Applied Science

Founded in 1836, the University of Virginia School of Engineering and Applied Science combines research and educational opportunities at the undergraduate and graduate levels.  Within the undergraduate programs, courses in engineering, ethics, mathematics, the sciences and the humanities are available to build a strong foundation for careers in engineering and other professions. Its abundant research opportunities complement the curriculum and educate young men and women to become thoughtful leaders in technology and society. At the graduate level, the Engineering School collaborates with the University's highly ranked medical and business schools on interdisciplinary research projects and entrepreneurial initiatives. With a distinguished faculty and a student body of 2,200 undergraduates and 700 graduate students, the Engineering School offers an array of engineering disciplines, including cutting-edge research programs in computer and information science and engineering, bioengineering and nanotechnology, and energy and the environment. For information, visit here.

About the University of Virginia Patent Foundation

Established in 1977, the U.Va. Patent Foundation is a national leader in technology transfer. The Patent Foundation has put more than 600 of the University's early-stage research discoveries on the path to commercialization through effective partnerships with industry. A non-profit organization dedicated to serving U.Va. researchers, the Patent Foundation has distributed more than $40 million in revenue to the University and more than $21 million to U.Va. inventors since its inception. For information, visit here.

About the Applied Research Insitute

The mission of U.Va.'s Applied Research Institute is to identify and solve problems of national significance by applying the breadth of technology and expertise available within the University community. Our faculty members assist government and industry by pursing applied research and facilitating translational research in areas such as homeland security, cyber security, green technologies and health care. These problem areas are inherently multi-disciplinary and hence require cooperation among engineering, the sciences, and medicine. For information, contact Alf Weaver.

About the Northern Virginia Technology Council

The Northern Virginia Technology Council is the membership and trade association for the technology community in Northern Virginia, providing the region's technology community with nationally recognized networking and educational events, public policy advocacy, branding of the region as a major global technology center and initiatives in the international, entrepreneurship, workforce and education arenas. Find out more here.

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