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AUTM Eastern Regional Conference 2016

Well summer is winding down, school has started back, and football season is ready to explode back onto your T.V. All this can only mean one thing, time for the AUTM Eastern Regional meeting. This coming Monday, our office will be making an appearance in Raleigh, NC for the annual regional meeting. Below are some highlights of things we are …

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Congratulations Rick! Latest Member of Leadership Tuscaloosa

Lookout Tuscaloosa, our fearless and impeccable leader at The University of Alabama’s Office for Technology Transfer is now one of your leaders too. Our very own Rick Swatloski was selected to participate in the 2015/2016 class of the Leadership Tuscaloosa program. For the past 32 years, the program has been selecting upstanding citizens of Tuscaloosa to participate in the program. …

12 Superpowers You Can Actually Have

Are Superpowers Real? Yes. Yes They Are.

Growing up I was always enthralled with superheroes. I didn’t play favorites either, I genuinely loved all of them from Superman to Spiderman. When I was a kid I used to leap tall buildings in a single bound. (Ok, so it was me on a trampoline and red shirt fashioned to look like a cape, but you get the picture.) However, …

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How to Explain Rocket Science

We’ve all heard the saying when someone is explaining a simple concept: “It’s not rocket science.” For most situations, this is an absolutely factual statement.  But what about the times that IT IS rocket science that is trying to be conveyed? How do you explain a super complex subject to someone that isn’t as versed in the subject as you? …

What You Need to Know About 3D Printing

3D printing may seem like the “it” technology of the moment. But, what if I told you that it has been around since the early 1980s? That’s right, 3D printing, or additive manufacturing, has been in regular use in some form since 1982 when Hideo Kodama of the Nagoya Municipal Industrial Research Institute published the first account of a printed …

Spring Recap: Venture Development

Student internships are often filled with frivolous menial tasks like filing paper work or making coffee runs. Essentially, interns are glorified grunts hired to do the tasks people higher on the proverbial totem pole don’t want to do. At the Office for Technology Transfer (OTT), that just simply isn’t true. OTT relies heavily on its venture development interns to develop …

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 Office for Technology Transfer (OTT) …

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 harmful to the environment. Dr. …

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 Alabama to have an I-Corps …

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 where no one can come …