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Corporate Partners

Faculty & Staff

Name Awards Latest
Scientific Monitoring, Inc.
Scottsdale, AZ
1 01/01/07
Agave Biosystems, Inc.
Ithaca, NY
1 01/01/07
Mainstream Engineering Corporation
Rockledge, FL
3 07/25/08
Makel Engineering, Inc.
Chico, CA
2 05/20/08
Agave Biosystems, Inc.
Ithaca, NY
4 09/11/07
QC Ware Corp.
Mountain View, CA
1 01/01/17

12 Awards Won

Phase 1 STTR

Firm: QC Ware Corp.

Institution: Universities Space Research Association

Agency: National Science Foundation
Topic: IT
Budget: 01/01/17 - 12/31/17

The broader impact/commercial potential of this Small Business Technology Transfer (STTR) Phase I project will be to enable affordable access to quantum annealing quantum computers and to take the complexity out of the programming and application hosting tasks, which currently poses a major barrier of entry for potential users. The company expec...

Phase 1 STTR

Firm: Mainstream Engineering Corporation

Institution: Universities Space Research Association

Agency: Navy
Topic: N08-T017
Budget: 07/25/08 - 05/21/09

Since the advent of production-grade methods for producing single-walled (SWCNT) and multi-walled carbon nanotubes (MWCNT), research has been conducted to utilize the extraordinary properties of these nanoscale cylindrical fullerenes. Tensile strength of an individual MWCNT has been observed as high as 63 GPa with Young s Modulus approaching ~...

Phase 2 STTR

Firm: Makel Engineering, Inc.

Institution: Universities Space Research Association

Agency: Navy
Topic: N06-T010
Budget: 05/20/08 - 11/20/09

The objective of this research is a reliable, low false alarm sniffer system for use with shipboard-launched unmanned aerial vehicles (UAVs) to provide standoff detection capabilities for surface vessels during encounters with potentially explosive-laden vessels. Makel Engineering, Inc. (MEI) and the Universities Space Research Association (USRA...

Phase 2 STTR

Firm: Agave Biosystems, Inc.

Institution: Universities Space Research Association

Agency: Army
Topic: A06-T025
Budget: 09/11/07 - 09/09/08

The use of explosives over the last 100 years has left up to 16,000 military ranges contaminated with highly toxic compounds. A major challenge to the remediation of these ranges is identifying the location of persistent explosives residues. To meet this challenge, Agave BioSystems in collaboration with Universities Space Research Agency (USRA...

Phase 1 STTR

Firm: Scientific Monitoring, Inc.

Institution: Universities Space Research Association

Agency: National Aeronautics and Space Administration
Topic: 07-1
Budget: 01/01/07 - 12/31/07

The team proposes to develop an onboard, real-time health management capability that monitors a flight control system (for spacecraft, fixed or rotary wing aircraft) in a highly dynamic environment and responds to anomalies with suggested recovery or mitigation actions. The goal of the proposed capability is to take system/component level health...

Phase 2 STTR

Firm: Agave Biosystems, Inc.

Institution: Universities Space Research Association

Agency: National Aeronautics and Space Administration
Topic: 07-2
Budget: 01/01/07 - 12/31/07
PI: Joel Tabb

In completing the Phase I SBIR, Agave BioSystems and the Universities Space Research Association, have successfully demonstrated proof of concept for the use of novel carbon nanotube (CNT)-based structures as next generation smart adsorbents for the adsorption and destruction of potentially toxic air contaminants. Since CNTs have an extremely h...

Phase 1 STTR

Firm: Mainstream Engineering Corporation

Institution: Universities Space Research Association

Agency: National Science Foundation
Topic: 2007
Budget: 01/01/07 - 12/31/07

This Small Business Technology Transfer (STTR) Phase I project will experimentally validate the theory that inclusion of nanostructures within the Thermal Barrier Coatings (TBC) will enhance the resistance to hot corrosion by increasing the fracture strength of the ceramic thereby inhibiting grain growth similar to reinforcing concrete with reb...

Phase 1 STTR

Firm: Agave Biosystems, Inc.

Institution: Universities Space Research Association

Agency: Army
Topic: A06-T025
Budget: 09/12/06 - 03/11/07

The use of explosives over the last 100 years has left up to 16,000 military ranges contaminated with highly toxic compounds. A major challenge to the remediation of these ranges is identifying the location of persistent explosive residues. To meet this challenge, Agave BioSystems in collaboration with Universities Space Research Agency (USRA)...

Phase 1 STTR

Firm: Makel Engineering, Inc.

Institution: Universities Space Research Association

Agency: Navy
Topic: N06-T010
Budget: 08/01/06 - 05/31/07

Makel Engineering Inc. and Universities Space Research Institute propose to develop a reliable, low false alarm system for use with VTUAVs to provide standoff detection capabilities for surface vessels during encounters with potentially explosive-laden vessels. The proposed glow-discharge based detection system would be extremely compact (

Phase 1 STTR

Firm: Mainstream Engineering Corporation

Institution: Universities Space Research Association

Agency: National Aeronautics and Space Administration
Topic: 06-1
Budget: 01/01/06 - 12/31/06

The energy generation and storage for modern-day sensor networks, communications, and electronics presents a variety of unique challenges. To achieve the long-duration missions away from Earth as outlined in the Vision for Human Exploration in Space, these energy storage systems will need to undergo a dramatic increase in their specific energy ...

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