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Welcome to our new website!

We hope to make your search for
information productive and enjoyable

One of our new features include
Inventors Portal an electronic
means to disclose your invention.

Also, an absolute must-have, the 
Inventors Handbook, an
invaluable guide to inventor-ship, 
available on our Inventor Resources 
page as well as downloadable forms
and policy information. 

Please do not hesitate to contact us
with any questions or concerns.

Marti Van Scott


partners with
Wireless Research Center of NC


Wake Forest, N.C. – September 19,2013 – The East Carolina University (ECU) Office of Technology Transfer and the Wireless Research Center of North Carolina (WRCNC) today announced an effort to develop commercial opportunities for emerging technology research projects at ECU.The agreement encourages commercialization of wireless technology by offering ECU access to WRCNC’s ready access test laboratories.

According to Mark Foley, interim director of ECU’s Office of Technology Transfer, “This partnership allows researchers at East Carolina University to leverage a world class wireless testing facilityand draw upon the valuable expertise of the WRCNC staff. This collaboration will heighten the quality of technologies emerging from our University, improving the opportunity for products in the computing, medical, defense, materials or energy fields to reach the market.”

Two ECU projects are receiving immediate benefit from the partnership. Dr. Gregg Givens, Professor and Chair of the Department of Communication Sciences and Disorders, and Dr. Jason Yao, Associate Professor in the Department of Engineering are incorporating wireless communication into a system designed to perform remote hearing tests. The second project, headed by Dr. Carmen Russoniello, Professor and Director of ECU’s Psychophysiology and Biofeedback Lab, uses wireless technology in the collection of biofeedback related to stress, resiliency, and the rehabilitation of veterans returning from combat.

“This partnership is about collaboration, incubation, and economic development in North Carolina,” says Dr. Gerard Hayes, CEO and President of the WRCNC. “We are excited to help where the creation of unique, patentable intellectual property will allow ECU projects to become commercially viable.”

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STEM@Starlight                                                               September 16, 2013

A Modern Day SkyNet: Robots, Rovers and Aircraft

Exploration of the diversity in applications, challenges
and opportunities associated with robotics and remote sensing.


Members of the academic and economic development community in and around Greenville met as part of the STEM@Starlight series to participate in a panel discussion on robotics and remote sensing. 

STEM@Starlight  is a collaborative venture between ECU, NCBC, and SigmaXi intended to explore issues impacting Eastern North Carolina. Featured panelists included Wiley Nifong, Director of Robotic Surgery at East Carolina University; Kyle Snyder, Director for the NextGen Air Transportation Center at the Institute for Transportation Research and Education at NC State University with off site activity occurring in Hyde County; Zhen Zhu, Visiting Professor of Engineering at ECU, formerly of Northrop Grumman Corporation; and Ryan Danell, President and founder of Danell Consulting whose clients include small start-up companies, large multinational instrument companies as well as research institutions and universities, a subcontractor to NASA. 

Brief presentations on the state of the art in robotic surgery, nonmilitary applications of autonomous aircraft, autonomous control systems, and monitoring extraterrestrial environments by mass spectroscopy, were followed by questions from the audience and panel-led discussions on challenges and opportunities that the technologies represent for East Carolina University and Eastern North Carolina. The interesting topic, highly qualified panelists, and engaged audience led to an informative and stimulating evening with productive networking. 

Michael R. Van Scott, Ph.D.
Associate Vice Chancellor (Interim)
Division of Research and Graduate Studies


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