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2017 Innovation Celebration

The seventh annual MSU Innovation Celebration was held Wednesday, April 12, 2017, 4-6:30 p.m. in the Huntington Club on the 4th floor of Spartan Stadium.

This networking reception showcases innovative technologies and startups developed in campus labs, classrooms, and beyond. We honor MSU researchers and students who reported an invention, licensed technology, or were awarded patents during the academic year and recognize the winners of awards for innovation and achievement in technology transfer.


Showcase Technologies: 

  • Increasing the Strength of Titanium Alloys
    Carl Boehlert | EGR/Chemical Engineering & Materials Science
  • Regulating Cell Wall Growth for Improved Plants and Trees
    Kyung-Hwan Han | CANR/Forestry & Horticulture
  • Use of Dominant Mutations in MYC Transcription Factors for Plant Biotechnology
    Gregg Howe | NAT SCI/Biochemistry & Molecular Biology
    Via MSU Today: Defend or grow? These plants do both.
  • Automated Online Exam Proctoring & AI Technology
    Xiaoming Liu | EGR/Computer Science and Engineering
    Stephen Hsu | HUM MED/Epidemiology & Biostatistics
    Xiang-Yang Liu | EGR/Computer Science and Engineering
  • Additives for Processing Foam from Thermoplastic Blends
    Krishnamurthy Jayaraman  | EGR/Chemical Engineering & Materials Science
  • Advanced Electron Microscopy
    Chong-Yu Ruan | NAT SCI/Physics & Astronomy
    Via MSU Today: New microscope captures movements of atoms and molecules
  • Discovery of Genes Causing Equine Muscle Diseases
    Stephanie Valberg | VET MED/Large Animal Clinical Sciences
  • MSU Startup: MTBI Sense | Concussion Technology
    Gary Blanchard | NAT SCI/ Chemistry
    Marcos Dantus | NAT SCI/Chemistry & Physics & Astronomy
    Via MSU Today: New Invention: Impact-Sensing Headbands
  • MSU Startup: Switched Source | Transformerless UPFC
    Fang Peng | ERG/Electrical & Computer Engineering
  • Student Startup: GoSpot | Solution for preventing water spots on high-end camera equipment
    Austin Piwinski
  • Student Startup: Hidlo Studios | Advertising via Snapchat geofilters
    James Shockley
    Anthony Miller
  • Student Startup: InnateVR | Drug and alcohol treatment program
    Jacob Ziemba
  • Student Startup: Milk Cash | Financial guidance for dairy farmers
    Rodrigo Araujo de Souza
    Jonas de Souza
    Alejandra Pamela Loaiza-Delgado
  • Student Startup: PrndL | Tool for finding and reserving parking spaces
    Zach Brewer
    Drew Piotrowski
  • Student Startup: Sympl. | Studying and networking tool
    Samuel Berndt
    Matthew Eleweke
    Can Gokcek
    Mark Meyers
    Roderick Walker
  • Student Startup: Retail Jump | Inventory management, analytics, and advertising for retailers
    Jeff Couger
    Shashank Rajagopalan
Dr James Dye

2017 MSU Technology Transfer Achievement Award

Alkali Metals Research and Applications Dr. James Dye University Distinguished Professor, Emeritus, Department of Chemistry   Alkali metals are highly reactive, especially in water, and are historically considered hazardous to use and store because of their reactivity. Dr. Dye’s six decades of research on alkali metals have resulted in the development and commercialization of numerous ways to...

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Dr James Kelly

2017 Innovator of the Year

Dry Bean Breeding and Variety Development Dr. James Kelly University Distinguished Professor, Department of Plant, Soil and Microbial Sciences Dr. Kelly’s research expertise includes dry bean breeding and genetics with emphasis on the use of molecular markers to assist in the selection for yield, plant architecture, processing quality, drought tolerance and disease resistance. Through...

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Dr Gregg Howe

2017 Innovation of the Year

Relief-of-Repression Strategy for Improving Plant Growth and Pest Resistance Dr. Gregg Howe MSU Foundation Professor, Department of Biochemistry and Molecular Biology It is generally understood that a plant has a limited amount of energy to allocate to different processes, creating a tradeoff between using energy to grow quickly to compete for sunlight versus using...

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