USU groups win grants for commercialization and innovation programs

Three Utah State University projects competed for and were awarded $120,000 in grant money from the state of Utah during the most recent Technology Commercialization and Innovation Program solicitation period. Twenty-two grants were awarded statewide.The Technology Commercialization & Innovation Program is a state of Utah funded grant program developed by the Utah Legislature in 1986 to help accelerate the process of taking university-developed, cutting-edge technologies to market.”These grants serve as recognition of the diversity and strength of innovations developed by Utah State University research,” said Robert T. Behunin, USU vice president for commercialization and regional development. “University research and industry partnerships lead to innovation and economic impact for the state and local economies. USU has a robust technology portfolio that continues to grow and we look forward to the opportunities that result from that growth.”USU projects receiving funding this round were:AnalySwift: Licensee, Allan WoodAnalySwift™, a Utah State University spinout company offers efficient, high-fidelity modeling tools for composite materials and structures. This is accomplished using a powerful mathematical approach that dramatically reduces engineering time relative to 3D FEA (finite element analyses), without a loss of accuracy.Composite materials have the potential to meet requirements of modern and future engineering systems because they are lightweight, durable and low-maintenance; the use of traditional mechanisms to model composites results in methods that are either too simple to be predictive, or too computationally prohibitive to be practical.AnalySwift™ uses cutting-edge technology developed by Utah State University professor of mechanical and aerospace engineering, Wenbin Yu, CTO of AnalySwift™. The AnalySwift™ technology suite includes two products, SwiftComp Micromechanics™ and VABS. Other products are forthcoming.SwiftComp Micromechanics™, a general-purpose micromechanics code, allows engineers to better predict and design composites and other heterogeneous materials. SwiftComp Micromechanics™ can calculate a complete set of material properties with a single analysis and saves engineering time and cost. It has been used in aerospace, energy, biological materials and automotive industries. VABS, the tool of choice for the wind energy and helicopter industries, allows engineers to efficiently and accurately model complex beam-shaped structures — like helicopter, wind turbine blades and composite bridges.Synthetic Spider Silk Fibers: Principle Investigator, Randolph V. LewisThere are more than 100,000 anterior cruciate ligament and 75,000 rotator cuff repair and replacement surgeries in the United States each year, costing consumers more than $3 billion yearly.A team of USU experts are addressing a critical need for new repair strategies that stimulate the patient’s healing potential. The goal for Lewis and his team is to develop spider silk protein fibers for the repair and replacement of ligaments and tendons by identifying the best fiber processing methods to achieve the necessary mechanical properties.To read this article in its entirety, visit the

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