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Did you know that although in the Georgian calendar, March is the third month, it was the first month and named Martius in the early Roman calendar? It was not until later that the ancient Romans made January to be the first month. Along with this fun fact, The SearchLite has much to share with you for the month of March!
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By: Christy Song
Edited By: Scott Phillips
Every Market Discovery Challenge involves a lead catalyst, Innovators-in-Residence, clients, and industry experts. Although each player is crucial and necessary to every project, the lead catalyst can be seen as the nucleus that guides the entire cell and keeps it functioning in the proper ways to survive. With this being said, you might be wondering Ok, so they’re important, but what do they do?
After expanding our leadership team with two more lead catalysts: Samaya Krishnan and Qi Zhang, we realized that their fresh insights and first hand experiences might be a better way to walk you through the life of a Lead Catalyst. After all who better to explain what they do, why they do it, and what they’ve learned, than catalysts themselves?
Visha Krishnan transitioned from academia to The SearchLite (TSL) several years ago and now has transitioned again into the world of intellectual patent (IP) licensing!
From her involvement at The SearchLite, Visha gained varied experiences in startups and consulting and, for the next stage of her career, she wanted to pursue negotiation and licensing. TSL focused more on consulting,market validation and customer discovery research, while her new position focuses on commercialization (technology transfer). She compares her role to being a broker of technology. “We just make things happen. We help people find the right customer company,” Visha said. This new position allows for Visha to take every single skill obtained throughout her academic and professional career to date and provide a whole round experience. Rather than sitting behind the scenes and working from the bench, she is able to help get the science out into the market. Visha recommends this field for any Innovator in Residence or any academic that loves science, loves to learn new things, and desires to be involved in new areas of translating research. “Every single skill that I have picked up at TSL, I will be using it in this job and any job in the future, Visha stated. Her skills obtained included market assessment, business involvement, people management, working with startups, and strategizing. With her dynamic experience, Visha was able to apply those concepts to her new position of approaching potential licensees and finding people to interview for potential licensees.
(Written by MJ Zhang; Edited by Christy Song; Photos by MJ Zhang)
The MSU Graduate Engineer Symposium of 2016 took place at the Breslin Center on March 31. More than 137 graduate students from 8 different engineer backgrounds participated in the poster competition. Nearly 40 representatives from 26 companies and industries were registered to participate in the 2016 Engineering Graduate Research Symposium. It was The SearchLite’s second time participating in this event. Scott Phillips, the CEO of The SearchLite, took part in judging the posters.
Selecting the best poster was difficult, because there were more than 100 works and all of them used State-of-Art technologies solving all kinds of problems in the real world. They investigated high density polyethylene-graphene nanoplatelet composites for the production of fuel lines and fuel tanks; they used evolutionary algorithms to optimize bioenergy crop selection and placement based on stream health; they used cellulose nanowhiskers to modify carbon fiber epoxy matrix etc. (Read abstracts of all the posters)