PRISM at the forefront of leadership in innovation and entrepreneurship
For the past number of years, PRISM has been a leader in the innovation world with winning technologies at the Princeton University’s Innovation Forum. Sponsored by the University’s Keller Center for Innovation in Engineering Education, the Forum offers University researchers the opportunity to pitch ideas and showcase research with commercial potential. Most recently in March 2013, PRISM members took first and third places in the Forum. The winners are:
First Place: Fingerprinting the air for health and climate with high-performance, portable gas sensors
Prof. Mark Zondlo's postdoctoral researcher Lei Tao took first place with his plan to break into the growing market for environmental sensors with a powerful, portable and inexpensive device. This device could tap into the $2.2 billion market that industry and government spend on sensing gases for safety, health and environmental monitoring.
Third Place: High performance II-VI infrared detectors
Graduate student Arvind Ravikumar, a member of Prof. Claire Gmachl's research group, presented a new type of chemical sensor. The sensor is for use in military, environmental and other fields, and offers the possibility of replacing multiple expensive devices with a single modestly priced unit.
Both sensors emerged from the work of Princeton's Mid-InfraRed Technologies for Health and the Environment (MIRTHE).
In 2012, PRISM members once again won top prizes. Taking first place, Prof. Branko Glisic presented “Sensing sheet for high-resolution structural health monitoring over large structures” who teamed up with electrical engineering professors Naveen Verma, Sigurd Wagner and James Sturm. The nanotechnology sensing sheets may provide high-resolution monitoring of large structures to reveal problems before disaster strikes. The sheets could be applied to everything, from bridges to oil pipelines.
2011 Innovation Forum Winners
First Place: Tunable acoustic gradient technology
Princeton engineering alumnus and president of TAG Christian Theriault presented TAG Lens, a new kind of optical device made of fluid instead of glass that might one day be used for applications ranging from medical imaging to detection of environmental pollution. The lens, developed in mechanical and aerospace engineering Prof. Craig Arnold’s lab, uses sound to shape light, and is a low-cost programmable optical component easy to use in association with standard optical systems.