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For the Division of Research and Innovation, success is a measurable goal. We are committed to seeing the University of Memphis achieve R1 Carnegie Classification by 2023; in support of this objective, we are pleased to provide measurable impacts and evidence of the world-class research conducted every day on our campus. In the spirit of transparency, we provide metrics and data that showcase our progress and the efforts of our faculty, students, and administration in achieving this goal.


UofM Research in the News


UMRF Ventures Funds Four New Professorships: Honors faculty with achievements in sponsored research

UMRF Ventures, a wholly-owned subsidiary of the University of Memphis Research Foundation (UMRF), has awarded four UMRF Ventures Professorships to the University of Memphis. These awards represent UMRF's first dividend investment.

The inaugural recipients, Dr. Anita Boykins, associate professor in the Loewenberg College of Nursing; Dr. Brian Waldron, associate professor in Civil Engineering; Dr. Nate DeYonker, assistant professor in Chemistry; and Dr. Susan Neely-Barnes, professor and chair in Social Work, will hold the UMRF Professorship for two years and will support their research and sponsored programs activities. The honorees were recently awarded these during the fall general faculty meeting held in August.
For more information on UMRF Ventures, visit their website.


University of Memphis Licenses Four New Research Technologies

The Office of Technology Transfer, through the FedEx Institute of Technology, has signed agreements to license four new technologies. These technologies include Engage, Green Living and Caregivers Support, developed by Dr. Susan Elswick, assistant professor in the School of Social Work; and Ultrasonic Dispersion of Cohesive Powders, invented and developed by Dr. Ranga Gopalakrishnan, assistant professor in Mechanical Engineering.

Engage Technology is a cloud-based data collection system that offers real-time data collection capabilities and dynamic reporting opportunities for the user. The Engage system is a data collection tool that allows pedagogical practitioners to gather live data on any student in the classroom for up to three behaviors per student. Numbers can increase based on student needs.

Green Living Technology is an app that allows individuals to plot their green living activities and community concerns on a map so they will be geo-located. This allows for better planning and support of green living along with demonstrating to UofM students, faculty and the surrounding areas how to have sustainable green living practices. The technology is game-based, letting students and faculty receive points for practicing green living and reporting green living issues and activities.

Caregivers Support Technology is a parenting app that answers the many questions parents have about common behaviors such as sleeping, eating and emotional regulation, all provided from a developmental and function-based lens. This app is designed to assists caregivers in improving child behavior, developing healthy social/emotional literacy and enhancing the parent-child bond.
Engage, Green Living and Caregivers Support were licensed to Engage Data System LLC based in Cordova, Tenn. Engage Data Systems is a cutting-edge data collection and reporting company.

The fourth technology, Ultrasonic Dispersion of Cohesive Powders, was licensed to the University of Minnesota. The technology is related to aerosol science and technology, powder technology and spray-based additive manufacturing. It was developed to aid in generating aerosol particles (less than 10 microns in size) of sticky powders such as titanium dioxide and calcium phosphate at high concentration for long periods of time for spray-coating processes. The ultrasonic disperser mechanism was designed at low cost and is able to achieve superior concentration compared to commercially available products and designs.
For more information on these technology license agreements, contact Hai Trieu at hhtrieu@memphis.edu.

Mary Ann Dawson | mdawson@memphis.edu




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