UNHInnovation recently added a state-of-the art DATRON neo CNC milling machine to the Makerspace at the UNH ECenter. The new machine, which can mill materials like metal, wood, foam, and acrylic, allows UNH students, faculty, and staff to build real working prototypes of their ideas.
UNHInnovation (UNHI) hosted the seventh annual Innovators’ Dinner on October 5th to celebrate and encourage the commercialization of innovative ideas generated through UNH research. The dinner was held in the Huddleston Ballroom where faculty, staff, students, and industry partners gathered to recognize the UNH community for its hard work, which resulted in 167 licenses, 6 patent applications, and a record $860,000 in commercialization revenue in FY17.
In June of this year, the Peter T. Paul Entrepreneurship Center hosted a free FirstGen pre-conference event before the start of the annual Deshpande Symposium at UMass Lowell. The Deshpande Symposium is a gathering of like-minded practitioners with a focus on accelerating innovation and entrepreneurship across the university and college environment. The pre-conference was free and open to all universities who share an interest in and passion for the engagement of first-generation college students (FirstGen) in entrepreneurial activities.
The University of New Hampshire InterOperability Laboratory (UNH-IOL) is the official testing laboratory for the Broadband Forum Gfast Certification. Gfast is a broadband access technology that deploys faster bandwidth speeds by extending fiber to existing copper wiring infrastructure. The UNH-IOL’s Gfast Certification program was announced earlier this summer with the listing of the first seven certified products.
On July 27, 2017, UNH hosted a Marine Innovation Day in Durham, NH. The free event was one of UNH’s bi-annual industry Sandpits that promote innovation and industry/university collaboration by providing companies in various industries with direct access to UNH researchers working in the same field.
In an excellent example of interdisciplinary collaboration, researchers from the UNH College of Life Sciences and Agriculture (COLSA) and the University Instrumentation Center (UIC) recently teamed up to develop and evaluate a new, patent-pending method for analyzing calf body composition via Nuclear Magnetic Resonance Spectroscopy (NMR).
The University of New Hampshire (UNH) is home to many unique and unexpected things that the institution has collected over its 150-year history. However, there are probably none quite as unexpected as the university’s collection of authentic UFO-related artifacts from Betty and Barney Hill, the now famous couple who made the first widely-reported UFO abduction report in the United States.
In May, 2017, the Peter T. Paul Entrepreneurship Center (ECenter) wrapped up the inaugural session of its innovative i2 Passport Program (short for Ideas and Innovation Passport Program.) The program is designed to encourage all UNH undergraduate students to engage and participate in activities and events in the areas of ideas, innovation, and entrepreneurship from all over campus. The most engaged students are rewarded with money to help pay off student loans or tuition.
UNH contributes $1.5 billion annually to New Hampshire’s economy and is the largest source of knowledge workers for our state. In an effort to increase public/private partnerships and opportunities for the UNH community, UNH is considering the impact a research park in Durham would have on accelerating economic development.