Fall 2012 CCEW Teams Make Their Final Presentations

By Sarah Smith, Oklahoma Daily. Read the original article.

After a semester of researching, programming and preparing, the student teams at OU’s Center for the Creation of Economic Wealth presented their recommendations for each project during final presentations.

Each team presented their semester research in 15-minute presentations at the Sam Noble Oklahoma Museum of Natural History’s Robert S. Kerr Auditorium. The teams detailed their products and initiatives, target markets, analysis of competitors and the potential profit of each project.

The first team to present was the Technology Commercialization team, which worked on marketing a new X-Band radar technology called the Ranger Radar, which was developed by Enterprise Electronic Corporation with researchers at OU’s Advanced Radar Research Center.

The four-person radar team then presented its product: a small, portable radar system called Ranger, whose improved technology and weather prediction system can be used by oil companies with deep-water platforms to save money.

The radar team waited through the small audience’s massive applause to answer the first questions of the night.

Audience members asked the radar team questions ranging in topic from the radar’s patent potential to whether companies would need to hire additional staff to read the radar’s reports.

The Social Entrepreneurship team, led by biochemistry and economics junior Evan Fry, next began its presentation on a business plan the team developed in partnership with an eye institute in China.

“Working on a social entrepreneurship has been really special because not only are we looking to promote economic development in the state of Oklahoma, but we’re also looking to enact fundamental quality of life changes in people, and in our case, people half the world away,” Fry said.

Each team member gave a portion of the presentation, introducing a joint-partnership between OU’s Dean McGee Eye Institute and the Sichuan Provincial People’s Hospital of Chengdu, China.

The audience again gave the presenters grand applause in addition to six questions regarding the nature of the social entrepreneurship aspect of the project and the language and culture barriers between the collaborating institutes.

“Right now in China there is one opthalmologist for every 56,000 people, so there’s a huge backlog of preventable blindness. We provide that surgeon base to address that disease load,” answered team member Tyler Pearson, second-year law student. “I think that’s the most important part of the true social entrepreneurship spirit of the International Eye Institute.”

For the first time, the OU-Tulsa team attended the final presentations.

Taylor Potter, the Tulsa team’s leader, is a former CCEW intern and team leader who was hired to work with the Tulsa team.

“This team had the challenge of learning to overcome technical barriers, learning to work with two biotechnologies that are completely foreign to their areas of study,” Potter said.

Bhagyahri Darunkar, Tulsa team member and graduate student of telecommunications, presented a short pitch of IntegRevive, a combination of two new technologies intended to improve treatment of chronic wounds.

Finally, the Software Business Accelerator team presented their recommendations for HITdot, an accelerometer developed by Tulsa-based company, ICEdot, that would be used to measure the force of impacts in high-collision sports.

The team illustrated the use of the accelerometer by banging two football helmets together on stage. One of the helmets contained an accelerometer, which sent a signal to an iPad application, developed by CCEW’s team of student software developers, that registered the force of the impact. The illustration showed that if a hit passes a certain threshold of force, a coach or athletic trainer would see it and determine if the player needs medical attention. The app is coupled with ICEdot’s current service, which allows quick access to the player’s medical information, which would be useful if the player needs immediate medical attention.

During the Q-and-A session, the team was asked how the project fulfilled CCEW’s goal of advancing university technologies. Mubeen Shakir, biochemistry junior and intern on the team, said CCEW’s mission also includes developing technology-based enterprises for the state, and that the value of the iPad app would help grow an Oklahoma-based startup company. Shakir also mentioned that the product could increase awareness of and help solve the social problem of numerous concussions in high-collision sports.

After the presentations, the spring 2013 intern class and team leaders were introduced. Jeff Rhea, petroleum engineering senior and intern on the software team; Susan Moring, entrepreneurship senior also on the software team; and Sam Parrill, aerospace studies junior and radar team intern, were announced as team leaders for the spring.


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