Smith College Student Engages Demaich Industries for Green Applications using Former Boeing Technology

Northampton, MA—In early 2009, the Center for Advanced Technology and Innovation (CATI), a Wisconsin-based non-profit technology transfer organization along with the National Collegiate Inventors and Innovators Alliance (NCIIA) launched a new initiative to provide underutilized corporate technologies to academic institutions interested in real-world technology commercialization experiences for students. CATI currently manages more than 300 patented technologies and is making those technologies available through a database in which students at participating institutions can “check-out” to create business plans, marketing plans, engineering designs, etc, all with the target of accelerating commercialization.

Smith College is one of several institutions in a CATI initiative to engage students to leverage CATI's database of late-stage intellectual property towards commercialization. During Spring 2009, Stephanie Anderson (Smith '09) is conducting engineering feasibility studies on several business plans based on CATI patents. One of these patents, #6564976, describes using bi-metal discs to create a thermal panel for passive temperature control. A previously completed business plan developed around this patent focuses on commercializing roofing materials that incorporate bi-metal discs to reduce heat loss. Anderson said “using donated bi-metal discs from Rhode Island-based Demaich Industries, Inc., I will evaluate the technical feasibility of the proposed business plan.” The ultimate goal of this work is to reduce energy usage in warehouse facilities, she said.

For more information on Demaich Industries, please visit www.demaich.com.

For more information on CATI, please visit www.thecati.com.

For more information on NCIIA, please visit www.nciia.org.