IIR Community Newsletter

August, 2015 Newsletter

 

 

 

 

 

The SearchLite

The Community Monthly Newsletter

Did you know that August is national picnic month? Make sure you take advantage of this before another arctic blast arrives! In other news The SearchLite has quite a few more interesting things to share with you for the month of August!
– Christy

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July, 2015 Newsletter


The SearchLite

The Community Newsletter:

Did you know that the month of July was named after Julius Caesar because he was the one to give it 31 days? If you didn’t, have no fear because we’ve got you covered. In other news The SearchLite has quite a few more interesting things to share with you for the month of July!
– Christy

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As always, please feel free to come to me with any questions or concerns you may have (christyjsong1@gmail.com).


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TSL Community Newsletter May ’15 Edition

The SearchLite

The Community Monthly Newsletter

April showers, May bring flowers…Unfortunately Michigan always seems to stray from conformity and does its own thing. Regardless of the unpredictable weather The SearchLite has uplifting news to share in this month’s community newsletter!

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As always please feel free to come to me with any questions or concerns you may have (cjsong@umich.edu).

Table of Contents

In this issue…

i.   New projects
ii.  News and Events
iii. IIR Spotlight

New Projects:

What we’re working on…

Liquid Natural Gas Transportation

Lead Catalyst: Visha
IIRs: Margarita, Monica, Divya
Summary: Our client has developed advanced technology which improves upon spectroscopy commonly used in chemistry to provide a fingerprint by which molecules can be identified.  This technology has many potential applications, including the detection of impurities within the storage and trasportation of liquified natural gas.  Typical raw natural gas contains only about 80% methane and a number of higher boiling hydrocarbons as well as a number of impurities. Before it is liquefied, it is typically purified so as to remove the higher-boiling hydrocarbons and the impurities. The resultant liquefied natural gas contains about 95% or more methane and it is a clear, colorless and essentially odorless liquid which is neither corrosive nor toxic.

The SearchLite is helping our client identify who cares and why regarding this technology as the foundation for a commercialization plan in support of a federal grant to further the technical development.

Automotive Engineering Services Strategy

Lead Catalyst: Scott and Visha
Summary: Our client is a tier one supplier to the automotive industry.  The CEO has a track record of starting and successfully managing new business ventures in the past.  Their core capabilities lie in CAE, Materials Analysis and product benchmarking which together provide the foundation for five complimentary business lines.  The business is on a steep growth trajectory and needs to ensure that their organizational structure positions them well for further growth and profitability.

The SearchLite is helping our client generate alternative business models which will highlight critical tradeoffs relative to key activities, resources and strategic partnerships.

Clean Fuel Technologies

Lead Catalyst: Visha
Summary: Our client is developing Natural Gas storage tanks for a range of motor vehicles that will minimize refuelling time and maximize miles driven per tank. AFC’s tank design uses MOF (metal organic framework) adsorbent to capture Natural Gas at the molecular level. This means an AFC tank will store an amount of fuel comparable to CNG technology but without the limitations of tank shape, compression costs and safety concerns.

The SearchLite is helping AFC refine their value proposition, identify their beachhead market and develop strategic go-to-market partnerships that will reduce their market risk


News and Events:

Stay up to date on TSL’s latest news!

I-Corp Program Kickoff 
Visha Krishnan and Scott Phillips from The SearchLite had the opportunity to participate as Industry Mentors to a startup team at the I-Corps Energy & Transportation Training Program held at Next Energy in Detroit, MI.  This is the second year of this event.  Due to it’s success, this year the program was sponsored by the National Science Foundation (NSF)U.S. Department of Energy (DOE)Advanced Research Projects Agency – Energy (ARPA-E)Clean Eenrgy TrustMidwest Energ Accelerator and Pure Michigan.   The program is based on evidence-based entrepreneurship which is the same principles which The SearchLite’s Market Discovery Challenges.

***Suvey Reminder***
TSL recently sent out an IIR Satisfaction Survey and we are waiting for many responses. Please take the time to fill this survey out. It will greatly help us improve the IIR Program and will give us feedback on what is and is not working. We look forward to receiving your responses!

http://cjsong93.polldaddy.com/s/searchlite-iir-community-satisfaction-survey

Course Completion
As all of you know the Learning Management System is a crucial part of the IIR experience and we strongly encourage our innovators to participate. It is an easy fast way to become aware of what exactly The SearchLite does and what terminology we are using and why. Several IIRS have shown outstanding performance and have completed all of the courses to date on our new Learning Management System. We applaud you for your achievements!

Congratulations Level II IIRs! 
What are the benefits of being a level II IIR?

  • Once you become a level II IIR you will have more flexibility of choosing your own projects and you will be given greater interaction with your client as you will be invited to participate in phone engagements!

The requirements of a level II IIR include:

  • Working with TSL for at least 3 months
  • Participated in at least 3 projects
  • Completing Learning Management System (LMS) lessons as they are developed.

Level II IIR Update:

Harsha Ramaraju


Chitra Subramanian

We Welcome Our New Innovators-In-Residence Members!
Click on each name to read more about each new innovator
Carla Andrews
Ajith Sethuraman

Though we hate to say it….Farewell! 

Marina Vigen has been a wonderful IIR and has made significant contributions to The SearchLite. She will begin her new chapter in Detroit working for McKinsey & Company as a management consultant. We truly wish you the best of luck with this great opportunity Marina!

Innovator-in-Residence Spotlight:

An IIR that has gone above and beyond…

Ravi Vedula
The SearchLite would like to recognize Ravi Vedula for his exemplary contributions to the Automotive Testing project. Ravi has been with The SearchLite since March 2015 and demonstrated great leadership skills in the Automotive testing project. Given his background in the automotive industry Ravi was able to help the rest of the team in understanding industry terms and guide them in many instances.  He went above and beyond to contact industry experts directly to obtain key insights that added great value to the project. His participation in the project and the final presentation was greatly valued by the client.

Short Bio:
Being a Mechanical Engineer, my thoughts are always evolving towards creating an innovative design/model. Not to mention about enhancing combustion in automotive engines which is my primary goal and the reason for pursuing a PhD degree on the same. I love nature (yeah, it is becoming furiously cold these days!) and I strongly feel that the day when Science understands and also replicates the Nature, is the day of an all-time achievement.

TSL Community Newsletter April ’15 Edition

The SearchLite

The Community Monthly Newsletter

Ah..finally Spring is here and the sun is out. Along with this wonderful weather (knock on wood) uplifting everyone’s mood TSL has exciting news to share with our community about projects we are working on, projects we anticipate working on, upcoming company events, and a feature on one of our exceptional IIRs.

Interested in who’s already a part of the IIR Community? Check out ourmembers!

*Feel free to forward this newsletter to anyone that might be interested!

As always please feel free to come to me with any questions or concerns you may have (cjsong@umich.edu).

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TSL Community Newsletter March ’15 Edition

The SearchLite

The Community Monthly Newsletter

Amidst a brutal winter, or shall we refer to is as the “arctic blast,” everything seems to have frozen over to a standstill – that is everything except for The SearchLite. We have made significant progress within the past month and are excited to share our latest news with you.

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