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Dynamic Removal of Clutter to Improve Situational Awareness in Traffic Management Systems
TS-054551 — Algorithm/software that dynamically classifies and removes clutter in systems such as the traffic management systems of Unmanned Aircraft Systems Traffic Management (UTM) and Urban Air Mobility (UAM).
The Unmanned Aerial Vehicle (UAV) market is predicted to be worth $56.18 billion by 2027. The global commercial UAV market size alone was valued at $13.44 billion in 2020, with a recorded demand of over 689,000 units. With a wide range of applications, the UAV market is expected to grow at 19.9% C…
  • College: College of Engineering (COE)
  • Inventors: Singhal, Achal
  • Licensing Officer: Zinn, Ryan

Enhancing the mechanical performance of resistance spot welding of aluminum alloys to steel using chromium-rich Interlayers
TS-054040 — This is a new method of resistance spot welding of aluminum alloy and advanced high strength steel that creates a stronger bond by using a chromium-rich interlayer. The interlayer improves joint strength, ductility, and toughness compared to traditional methods.
Resistance welding is used to combine two metals at one point. This technique is used extensively in automotive manufacturing, combining an aluminum (Al) to an advanced high strength steel (AHSS) structure. Welding Al and AHSS together directly, however, does not create a high-quality bond, due to…
  • College: College of Engineering (COE)
  • Inventors: Ramirez, Antonio; Lara, Bryan; Reghine Giorjao, Rafael Arthur
  • Licensing Officer: Zinn, Ryan

Method for aligning multiple lasers using axial sensor data.
TS-054019 — This technology improves the additive manufacturing process by aligning the multiple lasers to one reference point. The reference laser provides real time feedback to the other lasers thereby minimizing seam defects resulting in a higher quality print. .tb_button {padding:1px;cursor:pointer;border-right: 1px solid #8b8b8b;border-left: 1px solid #FFF;border-bottom: 1px solid #fff;}.tb_button.hover {borer:2px outset #def; background-color: #f8f8f8 !important;}.ws_toolbar {z-index:100000} .ws_toolbar .ws_tb_btn {cursor:pointer;border:1px solid #555;padding:3px} .tb_highlight{background-color:yellow} .tb_hide {visibility:hidden} .ws_toolbar img {padding:2px;margin:0px}
The additive manufacturing (AM) market has been steadily growing and has recently surpassed the $10 billion in market revenue. To keep up with this demand for less expensive, larger parts, users are turning to multi-laser machines to scale the technology. Each machine has a coordinate system w…
  • College: College of Engineering (COE)
  • Inventors: Rindler, Jacob
  • Licensing Officer: Zinn, Ryan

Ultrasonically assisted wire additive manufacturing process and apparatus
TS-054013 — The ultrasonically assisted wire additive manufacturing process and apparatus is a new innovation that uses power ultrasound (UA) for benefits in processing molten metals. The UA energy is directly applied in the local deposition pool, which makes this new hybrid process applicable for building parts with any size and geometry.
Additive manufacturing (AM) is the process of 3D printing for industrial use. Instead of countertop devices printing small toys from plastic, industrial AM is used on a much larger scale to create engine blocks, plane components, and many other products made of metal alloys. AM is traditionally do…
  • College: College of Engineering (COE)
  • Inventors: Liu, Xun; Pfeifer, Eddie "Ed"; Wang, Tianzhao
  • Licensing Officer: Zinn, Ryan

Vehicle-in-Virtual-Environment Method for Autonomous Driving System Development and Evaluation
TS-054005 — This technology is a Vehicle-in-Virtual Environment (VVE) method for testing and evaluating Autonomous Vehicles (AV). The VVE approach is a safe, reliable, repetitive, and scalable method of testing AVs, decreasing the risks and costs of testing AVs on public roads.
The demand for autonomous vehicles continues to grow as companies and cities realize the effect on the costs, safety, and efficiency that AVs have on everyday lives. Initiatives such as MCity in Detroit, Michigan, and Smart City in Columbus, Ohio, show a strong commitment to the development of aut…
  • College: College of Engineering (COE)
  • Inventors: Guvenc, Levent; Aksun Guvenc, Bilin
  • Licensing Officer: Zinn, Ryan

Novel Electrode for Co-factor Regeneration
TS-051995 — Method of regenerating NADPH for the production of biobutanol.
The Need NAD(P)H is used as a reducing co-factor for the synthesis of biochemicals (e.g., conversion of aldehydes to alcohols) using biocatalysts or even microbes. Butanol is an important feedstock used in the chemical industry and shows great potential as a biofuel. Butanol is produced from fossil…
  • College: College of Engineering (COE)
  • Inventors: Kadowaki, Jonathan; Gopalan, Venkat; Jones, Travis; Sengupta, Anindita; Subramaniam, Vishwanath
  • Licensing Officer: Sita, Cordellia

Method for seamless joining and repair of metal parts using ultrasonic additive manufacturing
TS-050479 — This invention provides a method for repairing metal parts by removing and replacing worn, damaged, or defective metal material. It also serves as a method for seamlessly joining metal sheets and other parts while retaining the original temper of the joined parts. This technology, based on ultrasonic additive manufacturing (UAM), achieves strong joints and repairs by enabling the filling of a channel that has been cut, formed, or otherwise created in a metal structure or between two metal structures.
The aircraft industry requires robust methods for joining metal sheets, structures, and assemblies together in wings, fuselages, and engines. Fusion-based welding methods cannot always be used because they create heat-affected zones, which reduce the mechanical performance of material around the w…
  • College: College of Engineering (COE)
  • Inventors: Dapino, Marcelo; Gingerich, Mark; Headings, Leon
  • Licensing Officer: Zinn, Ryan

Independent speed variable frequency generator for more electric aircraft using brushless doubly-fed machines (BDFM)
TS-050232 — Independent speed variable frequency generator for more electric aircraft using brushless doubly-fed machines (BDFM)
Technology continues to advance and with it, a push for higher performance of electrical components and devices, especially in the transportation industry. For example, in the past few decades, considerable efforts have been taken towards aircraft electrification. Traditional hydraulic and pneumat…
  • College: College of Engineering (COE)
  • Inventors: Zhang, Julia; Peng, Peng; Xu, Longya
  • Licensing Officer: Hong, Dongsung

Integrally Joined Stainless Steel-NiTi Medical Devices
TS-050057 — A method for manufacturing surgical tools and implants with strong, gapless joints between NiTi (Nitinol) and stainless steel to capitalize on the best properties of both materials.
NiTi (Nitinol) is widely accepted and used for medical devices such as surgical tools and implants due to its biocompatibility and unique thermal-mechanical properties which provide super-elastic or shape memory responses. However, there are currently no commercial solutions for joining of NiTi to…
  • College: College of Engineering (COE)
  • Inventors: Panton, Boyd; Dapino, Marcelo; Gingerich, Mark; Headings, Leon; Morris, Jennifer
  • Licensing Officer: Zinn, Ryan

Dielectric heterojunction device
TS-048644 — The potential of different materials for vertical power switching is often assessed by calculating the Baliga Figure of Merit (BFOM). In the case of wide and ultra-wide bandgap materials, the high breakdown fields and the relatively good transport properties make the BFOM significantly higher than…
  • College: College of Engineering (COE)
  • Inventors: Rajan, Siddharth; Moore, Wyatt; Xia, Zhanbo
  • Licensing Officer: Hong, Dongsung

Capacitive Sensing Method for Integrated Circuit Identification and Authentication
TS-048641 — A method of authenticating an IC die’s origin and uniquely identifying each die with an intrinsic unclonable value through measurement of on-chip capacitance values
Hardware security in Integrated Circuit (IC) designs is of increasing importance in dealing with the insecure, expanding global supply chain of these parts. The ability to trace the origin of a die, combined with the capability to uniquely identify each die provides valuable quantitative measures …
  • College: College of Engineering (COE)
  • Inventors: Khalil, Waleed; Kines, Michael
  • Licensing Officer: Hong, Dongsung

A proximity sensor for the detection of hands on a steering wheel
TS-048591 — An embedded coax proximity sensor for the detection of hands or other objects near a vehicle's steering wheel
The coming age of autonomous vehicles will require the development of many new technologies to keep the vehicle occupants safe even when no one is paying attention to the vehicle operation. At present, given the limited capabilities of autonomous vehicles, it is necessary for the driver to monitor…
  • College: College of Engineering (COE)
  • Inventors: Lee, Robert; Kiourti, Asimina; Wang, Zhenyu
  • Licensing Officer: Hong, Dongsung

A Lightweight Low Inductance Power Module with Insulated Baseplates
TS-048588 — A lightweight power module that reduces loop stray inductance while maintaining good electrical insulation and thermal dissipation.
In conventional power module structures, the die is attached to the substrate, usually direct bonding copper (DBC). The ceramic substrate layer provides electrical insulation between the circuit and cooling structure and attaches to a conductive baseplate material (Cu, Al, AlSiC) to dissipate heat…
  • College: College of Engineering (COE)
  • Inventors: Lyu, Xintong; Wang, Jin
  • Licensing Officer: Hong, Dongsung

A Novel Variable Stiffness Robotic Gripper Based on Layer Jamming
TS-048216 — A soft robotic gripper design which incorporates layer jamming as a means for creating tunable stiffness control and higher load capacities.
Automation using robotics has taken many forms including, but not limited to, automotive manufacturing, transportation of good in shipping warehouses, and the delicate handling of wafers in semiconductor plants. In many of these applications grippers and end-of-arm-tools (EOAT’s) are incorpo…
  • College: College of Engineering (COE)
  • Inventors: Su, Haijun; Gao, Yuan
  • Licensing Officer: Zinn, Ryan

Method for Automatic Transmission Calibration and Controller Optimization
TS-048123 — A method for automatically calibrating and optimizing gear shift control parameters through iterative algorithms both during development and during use.
As fuel efficiency standards for modern cars increase, manufacturers are adding more and more gears to their transmissions. The higher number of gears allows for greater gear spread, meaning engineers can add taller gears that allow engines to operate at lower, more fuel-efficient rpms. Despite…
  • College: College of Engineering (COE)
  • Inventors: Mishra, Kirti; Srinivasan, Krishnaswamy
  • Licensing Officer: Gooray, Arthur "Art"

High-strength/high-ductility magnesium sheet alloy for room-temperature forming
TS-048065 — A new wrought magnesium alloy with optimal mechanical and formability performance suitable for industrial applications
Magnesium (Mg), the lightest structural metal, and its alloys, with their high specific strength and low density, are promising lightweight materials for industrial applications in automotive, aerospace, and electronic sectors. A 2019 report by Business Communications Company (BCC) Research highli…
  • College: College of Engineering (COE)
  • Inventors: Luo, Aihua "Alan"; Shi, Renhai
  • Licensing Officer: Zinn, Ryan

Process Monitoring of Internal Temperature Distribution of Powder Bed Fusion Parts
TS-047605 — An ensemble kamlan filter (EnKF) state observer algorithm and process monitoring method for more quickly and accurately estimating the internal temperature gradient of Powder Bed Fusion parts for enhanced process monitoring and control.
Powder Bed Fusion (PBF) is a subset of additive manufacturing processes that performs a layer-by-layer fabrication of metal components by selectively melting metal powder disbursed over the earlier layer. PBF processes encompass methods such as selective laser sintering (SLS), direct metal laser s…
  • College: College of Engineering (COE)
  • Inventors: Wood, Nathaniel; Hoelzle, David "David"
  • Licensing Officer: Zinn, Ryan

Integration of smart materials into surgical tools and medical devices using vaporizing foil actuator technology.
TS-045092 — Shape memory alloys are metals that "remember" their original shape when deformed and can return to their initial shape when heated. These shape memory alloys cannot currently be welded to other alloys, which significantly limits their use. Current state-of-the-art methods of joining sha…
  • College: College of Engineering (COE)
  • Inventors: Panton, Boyd; Daehn, Glenn; Vivek, Anupam
  • Licensing Officer: Zinn, Ryan

Folding Transducer Array for Compact and Deployable Wave-Energy Guiding System
TS-043186 — A novel acoustic/ultrasonic wave-energy guiding system that utilizes structural topology to enhance directional and spectral sensitivities instead of phase delay, offering exceptional versatility and adaptable performance.
Although acoustic beamforming systems that are based on phase delays can be used to enhance directional and spectral sensitivities, each source or receiver must be individually controlled by appropriate phase delays to guide the acoustic energy radiation/reception sensitivities. This results in a …
  • College: College of Engineering (COE)
  • Inventors: Harne, Ryan
  • Licensing Officer: Norris, Francis "Frank"

Folding Transducer Array for Compact and Deployable Wave-Energy Guiding System
TS-043186 — A novel acoustic/ultrasonic wave-energy guiding system that utilizes structural topology to enhance directional and spectral sensitivities instead of phase delay, offering exceptional versatility and adaptable performance.
Although acoustic beamforming systems that are based on phase delays can be used to enhance directional and spectral sensitivities, each source or receiver must be individually controlled by appropriate phase delays to guide the acoustic energy radiation/reception sensitivities. This results in a …
  • College: College of Engineering (COE)
  • Inventors: Harne, Ryan
  • Licensing Officer: Norris, Francis "Frank"

Quantum Well Design for Red-Emitting InGaN LEDs
TS-042441 — The quantum well design is incorporated within a red-emitting InGaN QW LED, an LED type that usually cannot efficiently emit wavelengths larger than blue/green. The LED can be incorporated into a same-material RGB platform for white LEDs, because the well design increases efficiency and decreases indium composition compared to similar wavelength InGaN LEDs.
Blue-emitting InGaN quantum well (QW) LEDs now have 69% external quantum efficiency, but increasing the emitted-wavelength decreases the efficiency significantly. The inversion asymmetry of the InGaN lattice increases the induced strain, which in turn increases the piezoelectric effect. Charge bui…
  • College: College of Engineering (COE)
  • Inventors: Zhao, Hongping; Karim, Md Rezaul
  • Licensing Officer: Hong, Dongsung

Field Effect Transistor for High Power Millimeter-Wave Applications
TS-042088 — Transistor structure with high breakdown voltage at high frequency operation
A new generation of high throughput, efficient communication networks and sensors can be enabled through the use of millimeter scale wave regimes. However, current semiconductor materials (such as AlGaN/GaN) have a reduction in breakdown voltage as operating frequency increases, which leads to low…
  • College: College of Engineering (COE)
  • Inventors: Rajan, Siddharth; Wang, Caiyu; Xia, Zhanbo
  • Licensing Officer: Hong, Dongsung

Method for Reducing Aerodynamic Drag on Tractor-Trailers
TS-038398 — A bio-inspired sidewall design to increase fuel efficiency and lower greenhouse gas emissions.
Tractor-trailers are essential to the United States (U.S.) economy. The annual value of freight transported in the U.S. in 2017 was $19 trillion, an increase from $18 trillion in 2012. Of the $19 trillion, $13.7 trillion (72%) was transported by the trucking industry. The high fuel consumption by …
  • College: College of Engineering (COE)
  • Inventors: Prakash, Shaurya; Rangharajan, Kaushik Krishna "Kaushik"; West, Joseph; Zezinka, Zachary
  • Licensing Officer: Zinn, Ryan

Extreme-Condition Sensors for Use with Electrical Capacitance VolumeTomography & Capacitance Sensing Applications
TS-037841 — A modular and non-invasive ECVT sensor that can be adapted and scaled to vessel demands.
Electrical Capacitance Volume Tomography (ECVT) is a non-invasive image reconstruction that provides volumetric images of a material. An ECVT system is generally comprised of a sensor, data acquisition system, computer system, and software for reconstruction of the 3D image. Capacitance data colle…
  • College: College of Engineering (COE)
  • Inventors: Marashdeh, Qussai; Alghothani, Yousef; Hudak, Jesse; Legg, Geoffrey; Straiton, Benjamin; Tong, Andrew
  • Licensing Officer: Norris, Francis "Frank"

Bending Apparatus for Material Testing and Micro-CT Imaging
TS-037494 — A three-point bending device that can be used within a micro-CT scanner to record and analyze mechanical properties of bone and other material.
Conventional mechanical testing has been regarded as a gold standard for the evaluation of bone health. This testing typically requires compression, 3-point or 4-point bending, and torsional rotation of the bone utilizing conventional machines. Obtaining samples to test throughout a study requires…
  • College: College of Engineering (COE)
  • Inventors: Bodnyk, Kyle; Hart, Richard "Rich"; Litsky, Alan "Alan"
  • Licensing Officer: Norris, Francis "Frank"

Method for Repellency of Surfactant-Containing Liquids Using Nanoparticles and Binder
TS-037423 — A surface coating which repels both oil and water.
Materials with a coating that repels both water and oil would be advantageous across a wide variety of industries and products. Benefits of this kind of coating could include anti­fouling, self-cleaning, and anti­smudging capabilities. While modern clear coats and paints do offer protectio…
  • College: College of Engineering (COE)
  • Inventors: Martin, Samuel; Bhushan, Bharat
  • Licensing Officer: Norris, Francis "Frank"

Environmental and Ship Motion Forecasting Program
TS-037401 — A system that will enable prediction of ship motion in order to improve cargo transfer, helicopter landing, and other naval/commercial operations such as those related to offshore platforms or wave energy generation systems.
Instantaneous and predictive information about sea waves is critical to forecast ship motion, which is needed for many applications, such as cargo transfer and helicopter landing at sea. Scientists use radar to obtain this information, but several challenges must be overcome to develop a robust wa…
  • College: College of Engineering (COE)
  • Inventors: Johnson, Joel; Lyzenga, David; O'Brien, Andrew; Smith, Graeme
  • Licensing Officer: Hong, Dongsung

Referenceless and Frequency Independent Radio Reciever
TS-037378 — A radio receiver that operates without the need for locally generated reference signals.
A radio frequency signal may typically consist of a single frequency carrier signal, modulated with some information signal. The purpose of a receiver is to extract the information signal from the carrier. This is commonly accomplished by mixing the received signal with one or more local reference…
  • College: College of Engineering (COE)
  • Inventors: Novak, Markus; Bojja venkatakrishnan, Satheesh; Volakis, John
  • Licensing Officer: Hong, Dongsung

Method to enhance light extraction efficiency in tunnel-injected III-Nitrate ultraviolet LEDs
TS-037365 — A novel method to enhance the transverse-electric and transverse-magnetic polarized light via relfective surfaces on top of a tunnel junction based LED structure.
III-Nitride ultraviolet light emitting diodes (UV LEDs) have a variety of promising applications, including sterilization and water purification. Currently, UV LEDs use an absorbing p-GaN top layer for hole injection, which reduces light extraction efficiency to lower than 20%. UV light emissions …
  • College: College of Engineering (COE)
  • Inventors: Rajan, Siddharth; Akyol, Faith; Jamal-Eddine, Zane; Zhang, Yuewei
  • Licensing Officer: Hong, Dongsung

Fabrication of Nanopapers and Nanoparticle Reinforced Polymeric Composites Using Vacuum-Assisted Layer-by-Layer Spraying Technique
TS-037364 — A method to combine advantages of fiber-reinforced plastics and nanocomposites to produce a low-cost, superior lightweight material.
Nanomaterials, more specifically nanoparticle reinforced composites, are one of the best solutions for most lightweight applications. Due to the dispersion and high aspect ratio of nanoparticles, lightweight polymer nanocomposites exhibit dimensional stability, heat and flame resistance, barrier p…
  • College: College of Engineering (COE)
  • Inventors: Lee, L James; Guerra, Dante; Min, Yong Gang; Movva, Siva
  • Licensing Officer: Norris, Francis "Frank"

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