Faculty in Focus: Startup serves the bee and the bottom line

first_imgKimberly Drennan, CU instructor Entrepreneurs are coming out of the woodwork at CU Boulder. It’s no accident.  Superfood Will Americans eat insects? Dave Baugh and twin brother Lars are betting on it. Read more ReForm’s Madalyn Kern Madalyn Kern’s company, ReForm, is developing a low-cost, adjustable prosthetic socket for amputees. Read more Related Articles Share Share via FacebookShare via LinkedInShare via TwitterShare via E-mailShare via Google Plus By Eric Gershon • Published: Sept. 1, 2017 Kimberly Drennan had two goals in late summer 2014, and neither involved starting a business.The CU instructor, an architect, was honing an idea for an upcoming sophomore design studio and aiming to aid America’s long-suffering honeybees.Yet three years later she’s CEO of HiveTech Solutions, LLC, a Boulder-based start-up firm developing technology and data services for commercial beekeepers to monitor hive health remotely, enabling timely, efficient interventions.“All of this was new to me,” Drennan said of start-up life.At root, HiveTech is the product of an idea, an attitude and an increasingly robust CU Boulder entrepreneurial ecosystem that encourages students, faculty and staff to see themselves as enterprise builders — and helps bring enterprises to life.CU hasn’t always been an easy place for would-be entrepreneurs. That began to change after local investors and business leaders convened with CU professors and executives in 2007 to tackle two big questions: What is an entrepreneurial university, and how could CU Boulder become one? Among the first initiatives to emerge from the 35-member group’s discussion was the New Venture Challenge (NVC), a nine-month, incubator-like program culminating in a spring championship with real money at stake.In 2016 HiveTech won NVC’s grand prize, walking away with nearly $25,000 in all. The most recent top five finishers netted almost $100,000 in prizes and private investment. Greater sums will be on the line in 2017-18, NVC’s 10th anniversary.Since NVC’s founding, CU Boulder has vastly expanded support for entrepreneurs across campus. There’s broader access to relevant academic courses, new co-working and maker spaces, a selective business accelerator program, intensifying interaction with Boulder’s start-up community — and a growing appreciation that entrepreneurship isn’t just for MBAs and software developers.“Now it’s really the opposite of 10 years ago,” said the law school’s Brad Bernthal, who oversaw NVC until this year and teaches a popular venture capital course. “It’s a different university.”NVC now falls under the purview of CU’s Research & Innovation Office, home of a burgeoning cross-campus innovation and entrepreneurship initiative.Ideas to ActionAmid all this, in 2014, Kim Drennan was exploring projects for her environmental design students.Scouting a potential site on CU’s East Campus one summer day, she spied a cluster of beehives along Boulder Creek. Aware of the dramatic decline of the honeybee population in recent decades, she wondered if there might be a way to help them through architectural design. Maybe her class could dream up better hives.Drennan tracked down the hives’ owner, a doctoral student named Chelsea Cook (PhD’16), who was studying how bees regulate hive temperature. They then met with Drennan’s faculty colleague Justin Bellucci (EnvDes’08; MCivEngr’12), an expert in sensors. “We sat down over martinis and just started talking,” Drennan said.The idea began to evolve beyond the project her students would ultimately take on. Maybe Drennan, Cook and Bellucci could develop a sensor technology system that would generate data for commercial beekeepers — data about hive temperature and humidity, perhaps, or weight and acoustics. This would add a more scientific dimension to beekeeping, minimize reliance on time-consuming visual inspections and benefit both bees and hive operators’ bottom line.When Drennan filed an invention disclosure with CU’s tech transfer office, she learned about the NVC and dove in headfirst. “We wanted to test if our idea could be a business,” she said. “We really didn’t know.”NVC has deliberately minimal entry requirements. Teams need one person with a valid CU ID — faculty, student or staff — an idea they can articulate and the chutzpah to present it to a live audience in 60 seconds at an annual fall “quick pitch night.” Last year 30 teams showed up, including NVC 9 overall winner Give & Go, which has developed an automated film-editing process for sports teams.Give & Go ultimately walked away with $64,000 in seed money. Second place finisher ReForm, which is working on self-adjusting prosthetic limb sockets, netted $21,500.A year earlier, Cook (now a postdoc at Arizona State University) had made HiveTech’s opening pitch, taking home the award for best idea, the first in a series of successes.“It was a real shot of energy,” Drennan said — and yet not HiveTech’s biggest score that October night.Sue Heilbronner, CEO of MergeLane, a firm that cultivates and invests in women-led start-ups, was among the judges. Peggy Tautz (MBA’17), then a CU MBA student with an engineering background, was in the audience.“Sue actually grabbed Peggy’s hand, grabbed me and said ‘Y’all need to talk,’” Drennan said.Heilbronner went on to mentor HiveTech. Tautz helped the team explain the technical aspects of their evolving project in terms businesspeople could appreciate.CU Boulder’s start-up infrastructure is paying off.At a later mentor-matching event, the HiveTech founders met other local businesspeople who would help them test their ideas, asking tough questions and unearthing “all the pieces we didn’t have in place,” Drennan said.“Every time we went to one of those events, some other little golden nugget showed up,” she said.The HiveTech trio found a name, won midway NVC contests and gradually came to see the firm as both a technology and data services provider. The founders also polished a five-minute pitch for NVC’s championship round.In the spring, Drennan, Cook and Bellucci delivered it jointly before a standing-room-only campus crowd.Before the night was out, NVC 8’s four-judge panel declared HiveTech the year’s overall winner. @Last: How Google Came to Boulder It’s hard to believe now, but there was a time when there was no Google in Boulder. Read more As a CU doctoral student, bee expert Chelsea Cook and two CU instructors co-founded a Boulder firm that aims to help large-scale commercial beehive operators maximize hive health and business efficency.Acceleration Fresh off the NVC victory, HiveTech won a spot in another campus program for entrepreneurs, Catalyze CU. Where NVC is a highly-inclusive shaper and filter of ideas, Catalyze CU is a selective business accelerator that hastens the formation of actual companies.Founded in 2014 by the College of Engineering, Catalyze CU offers entrepreneurs of all backgrounds an intensive eight-week summer boot camp: Weekly lectures on business fundamentals plus opportunities to rub elbows with other start-up teams while refining their ideas with mentors and beginning to build businesses. Each team gets a $4,000 stipend.Drennan learned about raising capital, business plans, budgeting and types of corporate structures. She and her co-founders labored over their technology, began talking with potential customers and expanded their idea of what the company could be. Was it just a hardware maker, or a data services and analytics firm, too?By the end, the HiveTech team better understood their aims and potential and were convinced that an architect, a civil engineer and a biologist could also be entrepreneurs.That’s the mentality CU wants to foster, said Sarabeth Berk, assistant director of the innovation and entrepreneurship initiative — one that “pushes people beyond what they thought was possible for themselves.”HiveTech is still in its early stages. The firm is perfecting its technology and fine-tuning its focus to address the needs of large-scale growing operations in particular. But there’s momentum. The company has grown to six people with diverse expertise. It’s testing its latest prototype on dozens of hives while courting customers and investors. And it’s winning notice outside Boulder: The U.S. Dept. of Agriculture recently awarded HiveTech $100,000 to forge ahead.“The training wheels are off,” said Drennan. “We are in full-scale execution mode.”Without NVC and Catalyze CU, HiveTech might be a good idea, she said — but not a business. “It wouldn’t be anywhere but back in the classroom,” she said.Photos courtesy HiveTech Solutions; © iStock/Antagain Issue: Fall 2017Categories:BusinessScience & HealthTags:EntrepreneurProstheticslast_img read more

Wolfspeed Expands its LDMOS and GaN HEMT Offerings for Telecom and Radar Markets

first_imgWolfspeed has released new LDMOS and GaN HEMT product offerings that enable smaller systems with greater reliability and efficiency.Wolfspeed’s recent acquisition of the Infineon RF power business expanded its product portfolio, accelerating the company’s progress in developing innovations for telecommunications and aerospace/defense applications. The acquisition brings LDMOS technology and expertise to Wolfspeed, enabling the company to provide the optimal RF power solution to meet customers’ needs, regardless of the type of technology used.The expansion includes Wolfspeed’s new 28V 2620-2690 MHz Asymmetric Doherty Transistor, which is an LDMOS Doherty transistor that utilizes LD12 technology. This and other LD12 components use a plastic over mold package that delivers the same performance as open cavity packages, offering significant increases in efficiency at a lower cost. Wolfspeed has industry-leading performance in such plastic packages, which can bring significant cost savings to telecom applications.In the radar market, Wolfspeed is providing aerospace and defense operators better target discrimination and a longer detection range with the launch of the highest output power GaN products on the market, including a 1200W packaged GaN HEMT. The 1200W GaN HEMT sets a new industry benchmark for performance by delivering the highest output power for a GaN L-Band radar product on the market today. The device’s high-output power enables fewer devices to be used, resulting in simplified system architectures, lower materials costs, reduced energy consumption and increased system reaction time that is critical in defense and aerospace settings.The new LDMOS and GaN HEMT technologies will be on display at the Wolfspeed booth #931 during IMS 2018 in Philadelphia from June 12-15.Click here to view more news stories related to IMS 2018.last_img read more

Dengan Teknologi SCOOT, Lampu Lalu Lintas Bisa Kurangi Waktu Keterlambatan Bus

first_imgDilansir KabarPenumpang.com dari laman theboltonnews.co.uk (11/7/2019), untuk mengurangi keterlambatan bus, Transport fot Greater Manches (TfGM) baru-baru ini melakukan uji coba melihat ketepatan waktu yang ditingkatkan di beberapa rute tersibuk. Karena hal ini, kemungkinana bis mengurangi keterlambatan yang biasa dirasakan penumpang.Nantinya dalam empat minggu pihak TtGM akan melihat teknisi menguji teknologi Split Cycle Offset Optimization (SCOOT). Dalam uji coba ini yang akan dianalisis lainnya adalah data lalu lintas dimana waktu nyata untuk mengoordinasi penentuan waktu sinyal lalu lintas.Teknologi ini sendiri akan berupa sebuah pemancar yang bisa ditemukan di sebagaian besar bus modern. Dimana sistem mengidentifikasi layanan berjalan terlambat mendekati dan memperpanjang nyalanya lampu hijah ketika bus mendekati lampu.Bahkan secara efektif akan memungkinkan layanan berjalan terlambat untuk melewati persimpangan tanpa perlu berhenti ataupun menunggu. Sehingga bisa mengurangi waktu keterlambatan atau bahkan menepatkan waktu kedatangan bus itu.Baca juga: Scania Rancang Bus Otonom Multiguna, Dipercaya Mampu Reduksi Tingkat Pencemaran Udara“Mengatasi kemacetan dan meningkatkan kualitas udara adalah dua prioritas bagi kami saat ini dan jelas langkah-langkah yang meningkatkan keandalan transportasi umum adalah salah satu cara mendorong lebih banyak orang untuk meninggalkan mobil di rumah,” kata Kepala  Layanan Bus di TfGM Alison Chew.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Like this:Like Loading… RelatedSirocco, Bus Dengan Roda Sejajar Calon Transportasi Masa Depan14/04/2017In “Bus AKAP”Bus Listrik di Singapura Meluncur Tahun Depan, Interiornya Mirip ‘Punya’ TransJakarta19/11/2019In “Bus dalam kota”Kurangi Emisi, Pemerintah Sydney Bakal Ganti 8000 Bus Diesel Menjadi Bus Listrik31/10/2019In “Bus dalam kota” Masih banyak masyarakat yang menggunakan bus dalam kota untuk melakukan perjalanan mereka ke tujuan. Tetapi sayangnya perjalanan bus terkadang tidak pernah tepat waktu atau bisa dikatakan terlambat baik saat kedatangan maupun keberangkatannya.Baca juga: EzMetr, Platform Teknologi Transportasi Baru yang Berkembang di Amerika SerikatHal ini bukan hanya terjadi pada bus kota biasa, di Jakarta bus TransJakarta pun kerap kali mengalami keterlambatan meski memiliki jalur tersendiri. Namun apa saja sih penyebabnya? Biasanya karena macet dan traffic light atau lampu lalu lintas yang sudah menyala merah menandakan berhenti ketika bus akan lewat.last_img read more

LHSAA honors parish athletes for academic achievement

first_imgRussell [email protected] The fall sports season was a successful one for Bossier Parish schools.The Parkway girls won the Class 5A state cross country championship, and the Benton boys captured the Class 4A title.Parkway also finished as the state runner-up in Class 5A football.Parish student-athletes in fall sports achieved in the classroom as well. Their excellence has been recognized in the LHSAA/Exxon Mobil All-Academic Award Program presented by ISC.The program recognizes senior student-athletes who achieved a 3.5 grade point average or higher over six semesters.Nine parish student-athletes made All-Academic composite (all divisions, classes) teams in football, girls swimming and boys and girls cross country with perfect 4.0 averages.Two members of the Benton boys cross country championship teams — Garrett Gibson and Drake Heinz — were composite selections.Heinz was also the Class 4A individual state champion.Two members of Parkway’s Class 5A championship team also made the girls composite cross country team — Alison Ringle and Kaleigh Newman.Ian Naron, a member of Parkway’s Class 5A runner-up team, and Benton quarterback Jordan Shaffer were the only parish football players on the composite team.Other parish student-athletes that made composite teams with 4.0 averages were Parkway’s Helen Sumner (girls swimming), Airline’s Jase Thaxton (boys cross country) and Parkway’s Tracey Stephens (boys cross country).Here is a list of parish student-athletes who made class teams.Airline (Class 5A football) — Chase Rivers, 3.80; Brynden Vance, 3.80; John Fleckenstein, 3.76; Ja’Willis McClinton, 3.60; Roderick Spurlock, 3.55; Ryan Jameson, 3.54; Aaron Ingersoll, 3.51. (Class 5A boys cross country) Jack Wilkes, 3.55.Benton — (Division II girls swimming) Carol Taylor Thompson, 3.750. (Class 4A football) Bailey Grimes, 3.88; Shane Kim, 3.79; Austin Simmons, 3.57. (Class 4A boys cross country) Hunter Hendricks, 3.88.Bossier — (Class 3A football) Chris Hall, 3.52.Haughton — (Class 5A football) Matthew Sewell, 3.93; Travis White, 3.92; Garrett Towery, 3.63; Benny Broadway, 3.61; Quintin Knuckles, 3.59; Kyle Staton, 3.58; Kevin Patterson, 3.51. (Class 4A girls cross country) Brittany Robinett, 3.88;Parkway (Class 5A football) — Zachary Scroggins, 3.76; Matthew Scotten, 3.75; Hunter Knowles, 3.69; Jon Koestner, 3.63; Colton Turner, 3.59. (Class 5A girls cross country) Jayni Wilcher, 3.96; Rebekah Hensley, 3.64; Treasure Winters, 3.64.Composite selections automatically make class teams. Premier Diamond BoutiqueHong Kong’s first lab-grown diamond empirePremier Diamond Boutique|SponsoredSponsoredUndoInstant Voice TranslatorInstant Voice Translator (43 Languages) Takes Hong Kong By StormInstant Voice Translator|SponsoredSponsoredUndoPerfect-Dating.comAre You Ready to Meet Cool Guys in Tung Chung?Perfect-Dating.com|SponsoredSponsoredUndoStanChart by CNBC CatalystBlockchain Is Changing the Game for Trade Financing. Here’s How It’s Driving Future Global Trade.StanChart by CNBC Catalyst|SponsoredSponsoredUndoStrategyCombatIf you own a Computer, then you have to play this Game. No Install.StrategyCombat|SponsoredSponsoredUndoAppurseRemember Tiger Woods’ Ex-wife? Try Not To Gasp When You See Her NowAppurse|SponsoredSponsoredUndolast_img read more