Launched by brothers at UAH, RadioBro ships its first product

A year-old space and aviation technology startup launched in Madison by twin brothers while graduate students at UAH has shipped its first product and is on trajectory to roll out additional innovations.

RadioBro, the company founded by Mark and Eric Becnel, reached its first product milestone with a mini-satellite communications transceiver.

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UAH employee’s umbilical cord blood bank plans new service

A national umbilical cord blood bank owned by the director of information services at The University of Alabama in Huntsville (UAH) College of Business Administration is preparing to begin collecting umbilical cord tissues.

Southern Cord, the only umbilical cord blood bank headquartered in Alabama, is located in Huntsville's HudsonAlpha Institute for Biotechnology and owned by UAH's Chakri Deverapalli. It is planning to offer the new service in the near future.

"We are soon going to be storing not just the blood but the cord tissues, as well," says Deverapalli, who has three master's degrees from UAH, in computer engineering, electrical engineering and business administration.

Umbilical cord tissues contain a different kind of stem cells than cord blood, and these cells are being researched for use in different medical applications than cord blood.

Since 2010, Southern Cord has been helping families save and bank stem cells from the umbilical cord blood of newborns. If the umbilical cord blood is not saved, it is medical waste. But if it is saved, it can be an important insurance policy for the baby later in life, and even for close relatives.

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UAH student posters place at GEO-Huntsville Forum contest

Five projects were presented by students at UAH during a poster competition at the GEO-Energy Summit and Educational Forum 2014 at the U.S. Space & Rocket Center Nov. 12-13.

Three UAH students brought home prizes from the poster session, which included research utilizing geospatial technologies by graduate and undergraduate students from UAH and Alabama Agricultural and Mechanical University (AAMU).

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Dr. Sullivan new director of UAH Office for Operational Excellence

Dr. Kenneth Sullivan is the new director of the renamed Office for Operational Excellence (OOE) at The University of Alabama in Huntsville (UAH).

Formerly the Office of Enterprise Innovation and Sustainability, OOE operates within the UAH Research Institute. UAH's Research Institute carries out applied research and engineering programs, principally to meet the needs of Dept. of Defense customers, but with significant related work for NASA and private industry.

As an Institute office, the OOE serves the Dept. of Defense, the U.S. Dept. of Energy, NASA, healthcare, and manufacturing and industry. Clients have included Huntsville Hospital, the United States Army Aviation and Missile Command, the Defense Logistics Agency, the Army Contracting Command-Redstone, the Missile Defense Agency, Office of the Secretary of Defense (OSD) ManTech and PPG Aerospace. OOE can be followed on LinkedIn.

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Four from UAH’s College of Business Administration benefit from Boeing internships

Each summer, Boeing's Business Intern Program gives a handful of business students an enviable preview of what to expect after graduation with a three-month paid internship. Invariably included among them are students from The University of Alabama in Huntsville (UAH), and this year was no different with four upperclassmen from the College of Business Administration accepting offers.

"Each local Boeing company site works with focus universities to find good young talent to come in as interns," says Lane Watts, Senior Manager of Financial Operations, Integrated Scheduling, and Employee Development at Boeing. "We continue to get a very high-performing field of young talent from the College of Business Administration at UAH."

Resumes were collected last fall via three avenues: college fairs, direct communication with the universities' deans, and Boeing's online employment system. "We're talking hundreds of resumes!" says Jack Kachelman, Senior Financial Analyst at Boeing. Once downselects were made in late September, candidates were called in for interviews in early October.

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Vice president for $2.5 billion company returns to tour alma mater

A UAH graduate who is now a corporate vice president and chief scientific officer of a company with $2.5 billion in annual medical device sales came back to his alma mater Wednesday for a campus tour.

Stanton J. Rowe (BS, biological sciences, '75), an executive at Edwards Lifesciences LLC in Irvine, Calif., has been awarded 15 patents and has 32 pending. Rowe joined the company in 2004 when Edwards acquired Percutaneous Valve Technologies (PVT), a company Rowe helped to found in 1999 and where he served as president and CEO. He is part of a team that developed the patent system at Edwards that the company uses to reward employees who are awarded patents.

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UAH and HudsonAlpha establish entrepreneurship collaboration

UAH and the HudsonAlpha Institute for Biotechnology today announced the establishment of the HudsonAlpha-University of Alabama in Huntsville Entrepreneurship Collaboration. The new partnership aims to strengthen the business skills of life science sector startups at HudsonAlpha and enhance the educational experience for students in UAH's College of Business Administration.

"Partnering with HudsonAlpha provides our College of Business Administration more involvement in the growing life sciences sector," says Dr. Robert Altenkirch, President of UAH. "UAH has tremendous talent with faculty and students, and this collaboration will add value to HudsonAlpha's associate companies of all sizes and stages."

The Entrepreneurship Collaboration will be led jointly by Dr. Caron St. John, Dean of UAH's College of Business Administration, and Carter Wells, HudsonAlpha's Vice President for Economic Development. It will include speaker exchanges from HudsonAlpha, the associate companies, and UAH; internships and assistantships for HudsonAlpha and the associate companies; and workforce development initiatives and specific programs for the associate companies and students in the College of Business Administration.

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UAH adds a front door to campus for economic development support

UAH has expanded the scope of its research office to the Office of the Vice President for Research and Economic Development (OVPRED) to acknowledge the office's broader economic roles at the state, regional and local levels.

"It's an obvious fit," says Dr. Ray Vaughn, who heads the OVPRED. "Research universities offer many advantages to companies that are considering relocating to our area and to companies that are already here and are considering expansion. Research universities produce not only technology that is of use to the commercial sector, but also students, research projects, research laboratories, partnership opportunities for grants and contracts, and access to highly specialized faculty. It's a win-win."

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UAH hosting NIST cybersecurity framework workshop on Dec. 11


About 200 private and public sector cyber critical infrastructure practitioners will gather in Chan Auditorium at The University of Alabama in Huntsville (UAH) on Dec. 11 for a workshop on the National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) Framework for Improving Critical Infrastructure Cybersecurity sponsored primarily by Cyber Huntsville.

"This workshop represents a very powerful opportunity for cyber critical infrastructure practitioners to have a rare and direct dialogue with the key NIST representatives who are developing the framework," said Jamie Miller, the workshop organizer and member of the Cyber Huntsville Board of Directors. "It is also wonderful opportunity to showcase the talents of our region to NIST."

NIST is a non-regulatory federal agency under the Department of Commerce headquartered in Gaithersburg, Md. A NIST certification is important because it supports and develops measurement standards for a particular service or product.

"The workshop will feature NIST leadership and the authors of existing framework," said Miller. "The purpose of the workshop is to support the ongoing awareness, evolution and adoption of the NIST Framework, and to ensure that the critical infrastructure practitioners located in the Huntsville, Tennessee Valley and broader Southeastern region have the opportunity to open a direct dialogue with NIST representatives to share lessons learned and best practices related to framework implementation."

As a member of Cyber Huntsville, in addition to hosting the workshop UAH is also an event sponsor. NIST prefers to have its workshops hosted at academic institutions to promoted an open and intellectually founded dialogue.

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UAH’s College of Business Administration sponsors city’s first co-working space

The College of Business Administration at The University of Alabama in Huntsville (UAH) is proud to be named exclusive presenting sponsor of the Downtown Huntsville Co-Working Space, a shared working environment managed by BizTech that will debut on Northside Square this spring.

"You look at peer cities across the country, and the ability for entrepreneurs and innovators to have a temporary space they can use is an increasingly popular choice among the creative class," says Chad Emerson, CEO of Downtown Huntsville Inc. "So this will be Huntsville's first downtown co-working space where entrepreneurs, innovators, and creative types of all kinds can sign daily, monthly, or yearly memberships."

As the exclusive presenting sponsor, UAH will receive 10 free memberships in addition to use of the space on evenings and weekends for UAH-related events. That's great news for Dr. John Whitman, visiting assistant professor of entrepreneurship and leadership at the College of Business Administration and interim director of the Innovation, Commercialization, and Entrepreneurship Lab (ICE Lab). He's already got big plans for the space.

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