From social workers to computer programmers, geographers to mechanical engineers, from basement labs where scientists are building sensors at the nanoscale to the Western Province of Kenya where international aid groups are monitoring project sustainability, Portland State University innovations and innovators are improving the world. As the technology transfer office for PSU, IIP works with research faculty to help them see their work go beyond the walls of the university where it can do the most good.
Our innovation profiles will introduce you to many of these researchers and their projects. The profiles highlight the collaborative nature of innovation, draw attention to some of the most pressing issues facing society today, and present solutions to those issues developed here at Portland State University.
Science & Technology
Working in concert with external partners, the office of Innovation & Intellectual Property helps researchers like Dr. Carl Wamser move innovations out of the lab.
Dr. Rob Strongin and the Strongin Group have developed a method for identifying a biomarker that may be indicative of early stage ovarian cancer.
Professor Feng Liu answers the challenges of stereoscopic image and video editing.
Multifaceted innovations in nanotechnology developed at Portland State University by former Professor Dr. Mingdi Yan and brough to market by SuSoS AG are improving everyday objects at the nanoscale.
Dr. Peter Dusicka is engineering a seismic brace technology for retrofitting buildings and bridges that will save infrastructure as well as lives.
Dr. Wu-chang Feng is looking to place his new defense mechanism between your favorite Internet services and attackers.
Portland startup company, Pacific Nanoscience, in association with the Baker Group LLP, plans on using Portland State University innovations in an effort to ameliorate a leading cause of death worldwide: cardiovascular disease.
From invention disclosure to provisional patent application: Dr. Raj Solanki and his team introduce a highly-specific ovarian cancer antigen binding single-stranded DNA sequence for detection of ovarian cancer.
Collaboration & Development: Applying Nanoscience to the Preparation of Solid Phase Conjugate Vaccines
Maintaining patents and seeking commercial partnerships: Dr. Jun Jiao and her research associate, Dr. Haiyan Li, collaborate with researchers at Providence health & Services Oregon to develop a nanoparticle-based vaccine adjuvant.
Dr. Mark Weislogel and his team of collaborators reimagine modeling software for fluid mechanics in microgravity.
Dr. Robert Daasch, Professor of Electrical and Computer Engineering, and Dr. Glenn Shirley, develop a method for supporting decision-making in the testing and manufacturing of semiconductors.
PSU innovators Andrea Goforth and Anna Brown see bismuth nanoparticle materials as the imaging agents of the future.
Portland State University, Dr. Robert Strongin, and Boulder Diagnostics envision the future of new tests and reagents just over the horizon.
Education & Society
Reclaiming Futures unites communities to help justice-involved teens overcome drugs, alcohol, and crime.
The Student Atlas of Oregon connects children to Oregon and the world beyond.
Diasporas in Dialogue is a manual for community reconciliation that provides a platform for bringing refugee communities together.
A learning support system for adults who have specific educational goals.
Laurie Powers and Janet Walker bring a technology-based approach to implementing advances in human services and mental health care.
Julie Rosenzweig and Eileen Brennan of the School of Social Work advocate for better work-life compatibility for parents raising children with disabilities.
Psychology Professor Jan Haaken makes the plea for a better understanding of residents at the Oregon State Hospital in her acclaimed documentary film, Guilty Except for Insanity.
Sustainability & The Environment
iMapInvasives invites Oregonians to share information about where they've found, and what they've done about invasive species.
A public, private, and nonprofit partnership leads to the development of a groundbreaking green modular classroom.
supporting biodiversity conservation: the Oregon Biodiversity Information Center at Portland State University.
Associate Professor of Biology, Radu Popa and his colleagues are using black soldier fly larvae to recycle nutrients from waste water.
Portland State and Stevens Water Monitoring Systems are partnering to address critical public health challenges in the developing world.
Developing ideas, zeroing in on markets, acquiring venture capital: how 30 seconds in an elevator can make a company.
Entrepreneurial students get hands-on experience with commercializing state of the art technology in the New Venture Management course.