UAH patent awards

UAH patent awards.

Michael Mercier / UAH

Thirty-three inventors from two colleges, six departments and three research centers at The University of Alabama in Huntsville (UAH), a part of the University of Alabama System, received award plaques for 21 patents at a virtual ceremony on Friday, April 16.

"The commemorative plaques express the university’s appreciation for the innovative work of these researchers, which has resulted in patents being awarded by the United States Patent and Trademark Office," says Dr. Robert Lindquist, vice president for research and economic development. "The award of a patent means the inventor has developed a novel innovation that has the potential to be of benefit to society, and we congratulate each of them on their achievement."

UAH over the last two years has received 25 patents, says Kannan Grant, director of the Office of Technology Commercialization.

"That is in indication of the type of translational research that goes on at UAH, and how our faculty, staff and students are embracing innovation and solving real-world problems," he says.

The university is committed to the entire innovation chain and ecosystem, Grant says.

"It starts with recruiting the best faculty members for our students," he says. "These faculty members not only teach, but also conduct groundbreaking research and involve our students in conducting the research."

UAH is equally committed to protecting innovations that result from the research and have real world applications, he says.

"Any revenue that is generated by these patents and copyrights that make their way to the marketplace is then generously shared with our innovators," Grant says. "And some of these innovations may also find homes in start-up companies in Alabama. These start-ups then go on to employ students from UAH and to build Alabama’s tax base."

That’s a tangible return to taxpayers for their support of UAH research, he says, and there’s another one, as well.

"The other way is that the innovators who solve these problems gain a tremendous amount of knowledge that is transferred to UAH students. As UAH graduates, these students go into the workforce with cutting-edge mastery of what they’ve learned in a real-world context, and that adds tremendous value for their employers and the Alabama economy."

Patent titles; the inventor; and the involved college, center or entity are:

  • Apparatus and Method for Determination of Liquid Mass; James Blackmon (Propulsion Research Center)
  • Vehicular Brightness Limiting System; Jason Carter (Rotorcraft Systems Engineering & Simulation Center)
  • Micro-Fluidic Reactor with In-Plane Micro-Lenses; Randy Gaillard (Center for Applied Optics) and John Williams (Center for Applied Optics)
  • Omni-Directional Ultra-Thin Reflection Optical Filters and Methods of Fabrication; Junpeng Guo (Engineering)
  • Systems and Methods for Preventing Remote Attacks against Transportation Systems; Vahid Heydari (Engineering)
  • Anti-Censorship Framework Using Moving Target Defense Systems and Methods; Vahid Heydari (Engineering)
  • Liquid Container Systems and Methods for Monitoring User Hydration; Emil Jovanov (Engineering)
  • Systems and Methods for Multi-Modal and Non-Invasive Stimulation of the Nervous System; Emil Jovanov (Engineering)
  • Carbonization of Rayon Fibers for a Heat Shield; William Kaukler (Rotorcraft Systems Engineering & Stimulation Center)
  • Unmanned Aerial Vehicle Docking System; Stewart King (Engineering) and Brian Landrum (Engineering)
  • Neutron Spectrometer; Evgeny Kuznetsov (Center for Space Plasma & Aeronomic Research) and John Watts (Center for Space Plasma & Aeronomic Research)
  • Weather Forecasting Systems and Methods; John Mecilkalski (Science)
  • Systems and Methods for Forecasting Weather; John Mecilkalski (Science)
  • (SATCAST) System Numerical Weather Prediction (NWP) Model Enhancements; John Mecilkalski (Science)
  • Systems and Methods for Forecasting Lightning and Severe Storms; John Mecilkalski (Science)
  • Methods for Increasing CFTR Levels; Mendenhall (Science)
  • Specimen Testing Systems and Methods; Kalob Ownby, Michael Henry, Mark Creel, Jeff Evans, Jordan Fulmer, Matt Fulmer, John Le, Melissa Lee, Derek Odom, and Russ Walton (All of Engineering)
  • Systems and Methods for Sensing Radiation Using Flash Memory; Biswajit Ray (Engineering)
  • Lightweight Adaptive Metal Cooled Mirrors; Patrick Reardon (Center for Applied Optics)
  • Chemically Assisted Rapid Algae Harvesting from Dilute Phase; James Smith (Engineering) and Chen Zhang (Engineering)
  • Systems and Methods for Transcribing Videos; Daniel Woo (Science)