An independent, nonprofit organization is now in place, with the sole mission of supporting research, discovery, innovation and commercialization at the University of Nevada, Reno. The Nevada Research and Innovation Corporation has the capability of holding equity and can expedite commercialization of research discoveries and intellectual property. “Many of this country’s most notable research universities have nonprofit corporations or foundations of this type,” Ellen Purpus, the University’s assistant vice president for enterprise and innovation who guided development of NVRIC, said. “It is a model that has proven to be successful for researchers and entrepreneurs, the universities and regional economies.”
While the next generation of cars will usher in new embedded computers that offer exciting comfort, performance, safety, economy and infotainment applications, cybersecurity engineers are challenged to retain reliability and defend against cyber attacks that could directly impact physical safety and dependability. University of Nevada, Reno electrical and computer engineers presented, at the IEEE Consumer Communications and Networking conference in January, a design for smart cars that improves security, dependability and energy efficiency. The research project is halfway into a two-year development plan.
Cleaning up old nuclear waste sites around the country is a long, expensive and dangerous process – and autonomous robot research at the University of Nevada, Reno promises to help that process with a combination of advanced, intelligent, autonomous aerial and ground robots with a new level of perception, navigation and planning abilities.
Tickets are on sale for TEDxUniversityofNevada, set for Saturday, Jan. 21, 2017. Cost is $100 and includes more than 15 TEDx talks, five performances, a boxed lunch and refreshments. Student ticket cost is $30 with a valid student ID from an area school. New this year, the event will move to the Grand Theatre at the Grand Sierra Resort. The 2,700-seat theatre is a natural fit for the event. After selling out the 1,200-seat Pioneer Center for the Performing Arts last year, the new venue will offer even more people the opportunity to share in a meaningful TEDx experience and will foster a more diverse audience.
The Sierra Angels, Nevada’s premier, early-investor funding group, is launching a new program and fund to help incubate ideas and projects created through the University of Nevada, Reno that have potential for reaching the marketplace. The recently created Sierra Innovations and its Entrepreneur Fund will facilitate the development of successful innovation-based, scalable startup companies in the northern Nevada region.
You are invited to participate in the Biggest Little Startup Fair – Thursday, October 6, 2016 from 5-7:30pm at the Aces baseball stadium! The Biggest Little Startup Fair is largely run by volunteers looking to foster a thriving startup community and to raise awareness about startup jobs in Northern Nevada; bringing together local startups; students & faculty from Truckee Meadows Community College & the Career Studio at the University of Nevada, Reno; and other stakeholders from the Greater Reno-Sparks-Tahoe area.
My journey into social media began in August of 2008, when I joined Twitter, LinkedIn, and Facebook. I wrote the first of my 770 blog posts in March, 2009. Some of you have been at it even longer, but most of us have been active on social media for about eight years. It was a steep curve, but I learned most of the basic operating principles in my first two years of practicing these powerful communication tools. Now we have new platforms like Instagram, Snapchat, and Periscope. While it seems these tools we are using to communicate are changing rapidly, here are a few things that were true in 2008 that I think are still true today.