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Attention Students: We are hiring!

Have you ever wanted to be involved with cutting edge technology? Are you interested in working with startup companies? Would you like to gain experience talking to real industry professionals before you graduate? Do you want a paid internship with flexible work hours that doesn’t require making copies? If so, then The University of Alabama

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Congratulations Dr. Marcus Ashford!

The Office for Technology Transfer would like to congratulate Dr. Marcus Ashford on receiving a patent entitled “ON-BOARD VAPOR RECOVERY SYSTEM AND APPARATUS BACKGROUND.” His invention involves a sensor that would detect and capture vapor, like hydrocarbons, that escape from fuel storage tanks in motorized vehicles. The vapor that escapes from fuel tanks is often very

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NSF I-Corps Expanding Entrepreneurship at UA

Thought of an incredibly fascinating and life changing idea, but you don’t know what to do next? Don’t worry, The University of Alabama has you covered. The University of Alabama was recently selected by the National Science Foundation (NSF) as an Innovation Corps Site. With this selection, our University will be the only one in

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Recapping AUTM 2015: Our Experiences and What We Learned

Another year, another conference completed. This week our office attended the AUTM 2015 technology transfer conference. If you haven’t read our New Orleans blog post, I recommend reading it for some context on the conference. We had a great time from Sunday to Wednesday, but now it is back to the real world. A world

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AUTM Conference New Orleans: Mardi Gras for Tech Transfer

As one major party in New Orleans ends, another one begins. However, instead of catching beads and moon pies, attendees will hope to receive fresh information on all things regarding technology, business, and entrepreneurship. From February 22nd until the 25th, New Orleans will play host to the Association of University Technology Managers (AUTM) annual meeting.

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SBIR/STTR Workshop

Need some clarity on whether your business qualifies for a federal grant? Are you a technology business in Alabama, and need extra capital to help your product reach the market? On March 4, The University of Alabama Office for Technology Transfer and Alabama Launchpad will be jointly hosting a workshop on federal SBIR/STTR grants. Topics

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Happy National Inventor Day!

On this day in 1847, the man who would become known as the Wizard of Menlo Park was born. Not sure who we are talking about? I am sure you have heard of him, or at least use one of his 1,000 patents. Still not sure? The man in question is the one and only

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Wearable Tech: The fashionable way to collect data

The next generation of clothes and accessories won’t just be about fashion anymore. The new “it” thing is wearable technology. Wearable technology is a category of devices that are worn as clothing or an accessory to track health and fitness data. Wearable tech can be divided into two categories: fitness activity tracking devices and healthcare

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Whitney Hough Named Assistant Director of UA’s Technology Transfer Office

Dr. Whitney L. Hough, a venture development associate in The University of Alabama’s Office for Technology Transfer, has been named the office’s assistant director. Hough’s promotion resulted from her “relentless efforts” in commercializing intellectual property created at UA, educating industry members about the research capabilities of UA and for coordinating engineering and business student efforts

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Cutting the Cord: The Future of Television

  Times…they are a changing. The days of the traditional cable provider is declining, and consumers are relying on streaming services as their primary source of content, or cord cutting. What is cord cutting you may ask? It is where people ditch their traditional, all-inclusive cable packages and rely on à al carte services like

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