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Innovation Transfer Grants

Funding Year Name Description Team Members
2020 Spr Greency Greency is a gamified social impact app with an automatic carbon footprint tracker and educational components for a sustainable lifestyle.

Ilmir Nasretdinov (MSx, GSB), Hanna Shuvalova (MSx, GSB), and PI: Prof. Saumitra Jha (GSB)

2019 Fall Resonant Link Resonant Link builds the world's best wireless chargers, eliminating the most expensive component in conventional wireless chargers and improving efficiency.

Grayson Zulauf (PhD, EE) and PI: Prof. Juan M. Rivas-Davila (EE)

2019 Fall ElectroFlames ElectroFlames uses a plasma flame that operates only on electricity and atmospheric air to replace natural gas burners.

Ben Wang (PhD, ME) and PI: Prof. Mark Cappelli (ME)

2019 Fall ReMatter Rematter is creating a digital network to connect waste producers, recyclers, and end-users, which will give facilities the ability to efficiently exchange materials and reduce the waste of valuable material feedstocks.

Wyatt Pontius (MS, MS&E), Thomas Colburn (BS, ChemE), Drake Hougo (BA, Social Sciences), Sean O’Bannon (MS, CS), PI: Prof. Matteo Cargnello, (ChemE)

2019 Spr PeroPure PeroPure has developed a portable, electrochemical hydrogen peroxide generating water purification device with the goal of deploying it in the developing world as a reliable and scalable solution for low-cost, clean energy water purification.

Zhihua Chen (PhD Chemistry), Shucheng Chen (PhD Chem E), Fan Yang (PhD AA, University of Illinois), and PI: Prof. Tom Jaramillo (ChemE)

2019 Spr ReSource ReSource’s goal is to produce economically competitive commodity plastics using CO2 as the carbon source. The team has invented a chemical technology to produce FDCA from waste biomass and CO2 that enables drastic cost and GHG reduction.

Aanindeeta Banerjee (PhD, Post doc, Chem), Amy Frankhouser (PhD, Chem), and PI: Prof. Matthew Kanan (Chem)

2019 Spr Suryodaya Suryodaya developed and are deploying a new high-performance and affordable solar drying system for chili farmers in India. Their goal is to pilot a drying-as-a-service busines

Michael Machala (PhD MSE, Post Doc ERE), Andrey Poletayev (PhD MSE), Frederick Tan (BS ME), Rushil Prakash (MBA GSB, MS E-IPER), and PI: Prof. Sally Benson (ERE)

2019 Spr Pulsar Pulsar is developing a fully-automated monitoring system for industrial production management.

Matias Castillo (MBA, MS EE), Juan Cristobal Ruiz-Tagle, and PI: Prof. Hau Lee (GSB)

2018 Fall Frost.d The Frost.d unit provides ice sellers with a reliable, energy efficient way to store ice.

Maya Ambady (BA Hum Bio), Kaitlyn Olah, (BS Product Design, MS ME), Quint Underwood (MS EE), Ganesh Ramakrishnan (MBA GSB), and PI: Prof. Jim Patell, (GSB)

2018 Fall Ohi Ohi is developing a distributed warehousing system, enabling storage of e-commerce goods significantly closer to consumers, improving both delivery and return times and markedly reducing the number of delivery miles driven.

Ben Jones (MBA) and and PI: Prof. Seungjin Whang, (GSB)

2018 Fall SunAsAService SunAsAService's technology will enable drones to fly continuously, improving existing technology and enabling more ambitious applications such as an infrastructure-free wireless broadband internet.

Yonatan Weintraub (PhD BioPhys), Kent Lee (PhD BioPhys), and PI: Prof. Adam de la Zerda, (Structural Biology)


2018 Spr Aeromutable Aeromutable has designed an add-on active flow control device capable of reducing the power required to overcome aerodynamic drag in trucks by over 16%.

David Manosalvas-Kjono (PhD Aero & Astro) PIs: Prof. Juan J. Alonso (Aero & Astro) and Prof. Antony Jameson (Emeritus Aero & Astro)

2018 Spr Banyan Banyan focuses on capacity optimization (minimizing empty miles for carriers) as a means of reducing environmental and infrastructure toll, lowering total transportation costs, and improving pay and quality of life for motor carriers.

Bishop Ravenel (MSx, GSB) and PI: Professor Saumitra Jha (GSB)

2018 Spr Mawa Modular Mawa Modular (from the Arabic word for shelter) provides a sustainable solution to address the shelter needs of displaced populations and refugees. The solar powered modules are designed to be safe, cost-effective, net-zero energy, and off-grid.

Bushra Bataineh (PhD, CEE), Ruth McGee, Leni Peterson (BS, ME), Prof. Raymond Levitt, CEE (PI), and Prof. Rishee Jain (PI)

2018 Spr Weave Grid Weave Grid brings together utility, automotive and driver data to remotely optimize and control electric vehicle charging, thus addressing grid integration challenges from EV adoption and enabling a faster transition to electric transportation.

Apoorv Bhargava (MS E-IPER; MBA, GSB), John Taggart (PhD, MS&E), Prof. James Sweeney (MS&E)

2017 Fall IRCool Textiles IRCool is developing commercially-ready infrared (IR) radiative cooling fabrics based on photonic structure textiles.

Peter Catrysse (Sr. Research Engineer, EE), Prof. Yi Cui MSE, Prof. Shanhui Fan EE (PI)

2017 Spr ClimateAI ClimateAI has developed a cloud based enterprise software platform for existing (or planned) energy generation assets (including hydropower plants) which will enable stakeholders to undertake precise evaluations of climate change related impacts.

Himanshu Gupta (MBA, MS E-IPER), Max Cody Evans (MBA, MS E-IPER), Prof. Hau Lee (GSB) 

2017 Spr OXO OXO is a fast and reliable matching service that pairs car owners with trustworthy professional drivers, who want to resolve issues of parking and car latency by creating an accountable network of car owners and drivers.

James Pelly (MBA), Prof. Seungjin Whang (GSB)

2017 Spr HomeIntel HomeIntel is a new type of service business that is built on a new pay-for-performance contract being piloted by California utilities.

Ben Sowers (MBA), Prof. Stefan Reichelstein (GSB)

2017 Spr HowPower HowPower is a virtual ‘concierge’ that ushers people around their home to make their own upgrades without requiring a human expert.

Carrie Armel (Research Associate, PEEC), Prof. James Sweeney (MS&E)

2016 Fall Indrio Technologies Laser sensor for monitoring chemicals at high temperatures and pressures in order to enhance engine performance and reduce emissions

Ritobrata Sur (PostDoc, PhD, ME), Shengkai Wang (PhD, ME), Prof. Ronald K. Hanson (ME)

2016 Fall ClearFlame Engines Diesel-engine-replacement technology that allows for greater efficiency, higher performance, and cleaner emissions

Julie Blumreiter (PhD, ME), Bernard Johnson (PhD, ME), Prof. Chris Edwards (ME)

2016 Fall Airity Technologies Airity Technologies develop novel and proprietary circuit topologies that allow for extremely small and power dense high voltage sources.

Luke Raymond (PhD EE), Wei Liang (PhD EE), Johan Andreasson (Post Doc BioTechnology, PhD Physics) and Prof. Juan Rivas-Davila (EE)

2016 Fall Gemini Energy Solutions Energy management technology that devises energy-savings programs marketed to small and medium-sized businesses

Anthony Kinslow (PhD, CE), Johnny Mazraani, Prof. Martin Fischer (CEE)

2015 Fall Gallop Semiconductor Developing low-cost high-quality semiconductor devices

Garrett Hayes (PhD, MSE), Xiaoqing Xu (Stanford Nanofabrication Facility) and Prof. Bruce Clemens (MSE)