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UT Arlington opens California office to match University technologies with investors, businesses

Friday, May 1, 2015

Media Contact: Herb Booth, Office: 817-272-7075, Cell: 214-546-1082, hbooth@uta.edu

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The University of Texas at Arlington announces a new partnership with a longtime Silicon Valley entrepreneur and alumna who will establish a strategic outpost to match technology developed within the University with investors and corporate partners.

Gloria Maceiko

Gloria Maceiko

Gloria Maceiko (’82), who earned her undergraduate degree in industrial engineering, will lead the effort. As part of the partnership, Maceiko has facilitated an agreement between GrandCanal Solutions, a supply chain optimization company, and the UT Arlington Department of Industrial, Manufacturing and Systems Engineering. The company and UT Arlington researchers will focus on supply chain science and resolving industrial engineering issues within the complexity of today’s outsourced supply-chain environments.

Ron Elsenbaumer, UT Arlington provost and vice president for academic affairs, helped negotiate the agreements and said they represent an evolution in the University’s technology commercialization efforts.

J.-C. Chiao

J.-C. Chiao, UT Arlington electrical engineering professor

“UT Arlington faculty, students and research teams add daily to the University’s catalogue of technology and innovation,” Elsenbaumer said. “These Silicon Valley initiatives will amplify our efforts to more quickly match University technologies with the businesses and entrepreneurs who can benefit most.”

Maceiko also serves as chief executive officer and chairman of DirectNu Energy, a renewable energy systems business that uses advanced technology to store and manage wind, solar and electric energy.

GrandCanal Solutions uses innovative algorithms and data to help companies solve complex, supply-chain problems, and streamline logistics and supply-chain networks.

Chief Executive Officer Brian Bauer said his company’s partnership with UT Arlington faculty and their teams “brings an immense range of deep intellectual capital to our product development team.”

“The collaboration will enhance the development of analytical tools in data science and big data, which are at the foundation of our products,” he said.

Paul Componation, chair of UT Arlington’s Industrial, Manufacturing and Systems Engineering Department, said: “This agreement brings together thought leaders in software and education in a common effort to help companies build a smarter distribution, a greener transportation footprint and forge a logistics and supply-chain strategy.”

Maceiko will serve as a UT Arlington consultant and set up monthly meetings with potential partners for the University’s technology, processes and inventions.

“Paving the way for UT Arlington students, professors and innovators to have the same opportunities as I have been privileged to enjoy, is a dream in mentorship and an honor to give back,” Maceiko said. “Helping mold innovation and new technologies into successful companies is an amazing experience.”

Companies should contact the UT Arlington Office of Technology Management at otm@uta.edu or 817-272-1119 for more information about UT Arlington technologies and ideas available for commercialization.

About UT Arlington

The University of Texas at Arlington is a comprehensive research institution of nearly 49,000 students in campus-based and online degree programs and is the second largest institution in The University of Texas System. The Chronicle of Higher Education ranked UT Arlington as the seventh fastest-growing public research university in 2013. U.S. News & World Report ranks UT Arlington fifth in the nation for undergraduate diversity. Visit www.uta.edu to learn more, and find UT Arlington rankings and recognition at www.uta.edu/uta/about/rankings.php.

About Grand Canal Solutions

Grand Canal Solutions was founded in 2014 to help companies distribute their products efficiently, by identifying inefficiencies and errors, reduce their overall Carbon footprint and help them grow into new markets while keeping supply chain costs low. Grand Canal’s flagship solution, OptimizeTM is the first and only logistics optimization platform built entirely on a SaaS platform. For more information about Grand Canal Solutions, visit http://www.grandcanals.com.

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The University of Texas at Arlington is an Equal Opportunity and Affirmative Action employer.