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Engineering professor wins UT System commercialization grant

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Tuesday, January 12, 2010

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Media Contact: Timothy Brown

ARLINGTON - The University of Texas at Arlington will share a $394,000 grant to commercialize technologies developed by university researchers. The award, announced Tuesday, Jan. 12, represents the fifth round of commercialization grants from The University of Texas System.

UT Arlington has received 10 commercialization grants since the program began in 2007, the most of any UT System institution.

The award comes from a $2 million Texas Ignition fund created by the UT System Board of Regents in 2007 to speed the commercialization of discoveries made at the UT System campus laboratories and move them into the marketplace. Grants awarded in the latest round ranged from $44,000 to $50,000 at eight UT System institutions.

Haiying Huang

Haiying Huang

Haiying Huang, assistant professor of Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering at UT Arlington, developed a wireless sensor system that transmits ultrasonic waves using unpowered microwave components. The sensor could replace existing wired ultrasound sensors used in the aerospace industry, chemical plants, and manufacturing facilities for monitoring and inspection purposes. The grant will help move that technology into production.

Discoveries and inventions at UT institutions often require additional funding to develop product applications to attract investors and move the technology into the marketplace. TIF funds are used primarily for personnel, equipment, supplies, instrument use fees, market analyses and business plans.

"The grant will help put Dr. Huang's technology on the market," said Kelsey Downum, senior associate vice president of research for UT Arlington. "UT Arlington has done very well in securing TIF grants."

Past UT Arlington grant recipients and the entire list of winning entries is described in detail on the UT System web site.

The UT System's Office of Research and Technology Transfer (RTT) and the Ignition Fund Advisory Board (IFAB) have approved nearly $2 million in TIF program funds for 45 projects at 13 System institutions.

The University of Texas System is one of the nation's largest higher education systems, with nine academic campuses and six health institutions.

UT Arlington, with more than 28,000 students in undergraduate and graduate studies, is one of the largest institutions in the UT System. Dr. Huang's research is one example of the kind of high-tech developments under way at UT Arlington as it advances toward becoming a nationally recognized, Tier One research institution.

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