Commercialization Fellows

Commercialization Fellows is an opportunity for engineering PhD students to take a deep dive into the commercialization process and potential real-world applications of university inventions.

The program supports Fellows financially so they can focus on the work, instead of dividing their energy between multiple projects. By doing this, Cornell is putting an emphasis on commercialization skills as an academic pursuit, instead of an extracurricular activity.

This program pairs Engineering PhDs and Johnson School MBAs. The peer-to-peer knowledge sharing mirrors what both groups will encounter in industry: the critical interface of research and development with business acumen.

Commercialization Fellows is part of Cornell’s commitment to support students as they turn ideas into impact. Regardless of whether the Fellows go on to a career in industry, education, or their own startup, they will be more effective because of this experience.

Attend an Info Session

Curious about the Commercialization Fellowship? Attend one of these upcoming info sessions to learn more. Refreshments  provided.

04/06/17, 12-1pm in 340 Duffield

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2017 Applications Are Now Open!

The deadline to apply for a Commercialization Fellowship is April 10, 2017. Enrolled Fellows will begin the program in June 2017 and must complete the fellowship in December 2017. For more information contact Emmanuel Giannelis at epg2@cornell.edu or Tom Schryver at tps1@cornell.edu.

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2016 Fellows

David Agyeman-Budu

David Agyeman-Budu

confocal X-ray fluorescence microscopy

This X-ray technique can be used to noninvasively analyze the chemical makeup of an object. Agyeman-Budu will focus on detection of counterfeit electronics, pharmaceuticals and fine art. Similar X-ray implementations are energy-dependent and sacrifice resolution, but this technology uses a novel optic technique that doesn’t depend on the energy of fluorescent X-rays.

Amanda Bares

Amanda Bares

hyperspectral multiphoton microscope

The first-of-its-kind microscope can image fluorescent cells in living tissue using 48 channels of color information. Most multiphoton microscopes imaging at the same depth detect up to four colors. This technology allows a researcher to image a live mouse brain, for example, and see blood vessels, neurons, nuclei and various cells all in the same image.

Bill Bedell

Bill Bedell

infection-free insect cell lines

These proprietary lines of insect cell cultures could serve as the production basis for the first wave of commercial therapies that treat a disease by introducing genes, in the form of RNA or DNA, into a patient’s body. Similar gene therapies under development tend to harbor viral infections, which can be costly to remove from the cultures.

Mitchell Ishmael

Mitchell Ishmael

active energy storage

This technology intelligently manages different sources of thermal energy to inexpensively store electricity, helping to incorporate renewable resources into the power grid. Diurnal temperature swings can further enhance storage efficiency when storing electricity as thermal energy. This technology represents a step forward over conventional pumped-heat electricity storage units.

Bryan Peele

Bryan Peele

hyperelastic light-emitting capacitor

This system features a stretchable, rubberlike material that illuminates, provides tactile feedback and can be pressurized to form buttons, ideal for touchscreen interfaces, especially in vehicles where the driver needs to maintain eye contact with the road. The technology also has applications for wearable electronics.

Madhur Srivastava

Madhur Srivastava

signal processing denoiser

This signal-processing method uses “wavelet transforms” to remove signal noise and improve results of spectroscopic and imaging methods like ESR, NMR, MRI and CT. At significantly reduced time and cost, this denoising method uses features such as new noise thresholding formulas to improve available methods and will enable accurate studies in laboratory and clinical settings.

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