Pennsylvania https://greatvalley.psu.edu/ en Great Valley engineering lab manager manufactures personal protective equipment https://greatvalley.psu.edu/story/6896/2020/05/14/great-valley-engineering-lab-manager-manufactures-personal-protective <span>Great Valley engineering lab manager manufactures personal protective equipment</span> <span><span lang="" about="https://greatvalley.psu.edu/users/admin" typeof="schema:Person" property="schema:name" datatype="" xml:lang="">admin</span></span> <span>Mon, 03/30/2020 - 15:34</span> <span class="post-date">2020-05-14T19:32:00GMT</span> <div class="field field--name-body field--type-text-with-summary field--label-hidden field--item"><p>As hospitals across the United States face a shortage of N95 masks during the COVID-19 crisis, Penn State Great Valley engineering lab manager Dennis Wozniak is helping to address these needs by producing mask shields in the campus’ Innovation Center.</p> <p>An N95 mask is usually worn once and disposed, but the shortage has forced medical professionals to reuse the masks, jeopardizing their health. In early March, Virginia couple Amy and Jeremy Filko began 3D printing shields with the potential that someone could use these with masks. The Filkos <a href="https://www.washingtonian.com/2020/03/22/crisis-heroes-meet-the-virginia-couple-3d-printing-mask-shields-for-medical-workers/"><strong>made the files for the mask shields publicly available</strong></a> so anyone interested could help refine the design and produce shields for hospitals in need.</p> <p>Wozniak’s daughter-in-law is a nurse anesthetist at <a href="https://www.chestercountyhospital.org/"><strong>Chester County Hospital</strong></a>, which was in dire need of mask shields; when she and Wozniak’s son approached him about using Penn State Great Valley’s Innovation Center to produce the mask shields, he jumped at the chance.</p> <p>“The mother of my grandchildren risks her health to help everyone day in and day out, so if I can help to protect her and other mothers and dads who work to help many people, it’s kind of a no brainer,” Wozniak said. “If it helps keep my daughter-in-law and her co-workers safe, I am happy to do it.”</p> <p>After receiving approval from Chancellor and Chief Academic Officer James Nemes, Wozniak returned to campus towards the end of March to begin producing the mask shields. After each is printed, it’s cleaned with bleach and water before being sent to the hospital to be sanitized, heated and formed to fit whomever will wear it.</p> <div data-embed-button="node" data-entity-embed-display="view_mode:node.embed" data-entity-type="node" data-entity-uuid="a5970b3f-9076-4de6-8a6f-f234f1414087" data-langcode="en" class="embedded-entity"><div role="article" about="https://greatvalley.psu.edu/photo/6431/2020/03/30/flat-n95-mask-shield" class="node image node-image embed clearfix"> <div class="content entity-embed"> <div class="field field--name-field-image field--type-image field--label-hidden field--item"> <img src="https://greatvalley.psu.edu/sites/greatvalley/files/styles/node_embed/public/stratasys20n9520mask20shield.jpg?itok=LvSwUcNv" width="700" height="933" alt="A flat 3D printed N95 mask shield" typeof="foaf:Image" class="img-responsive" /></div> <div class="group-info field-group-div"> <div class="field field--name-body field--type-text-with-summary field--label-hidden field--item"><p>The mask shields are 3D printed in Penn State Great Valley's Innovation Center. The flat shields are heated and formed to fit over N95 masks.</p></div> <div class="field field--name-field-credit field--type-string field--label-hidden field--item">Image: Dennis Wozniak</div> </div> </div> </div> </div> <div class="drupal-embed" embed_type="node" nid="6431" view_mode="embedded"></div> <p>Since he first produced the mask shields, Wozniak has updated the design, based on feedback from Chester County Hospital and modifications released by others who are producing the shields.</p> <p>“Newer versions of these mask shields have been released by many people who are willing to take their time to help battle this virus and help the people in the medical field who are always there for all of us,” Wozniak said. “It’s amazing to see people like Amy and Jeremy Filko willing to make their designs of personal protective equipment available to anyone to manufacture and help the people in the medical and emergency fields all over this country. I am honored to be able to help wherever I can.”</p> <p><strong>"We Are" stories</strong></p> <p>The “We Are” spirit is perhaps more important than ever before, and Penn Staters everywhere are coming together in new and amazing ways. During these challenging times, our community is continuing to realize Penn State’s commitment to excellence through acts of collaboration, thoughtfulness and kindness. As <a href="https://diggingdeeper.psu.edu/2020/03/penn-state-spirit-shines-through-as-community-faces-coronavirus-challenges-together/">President Eric Barron has written on Digging Deeper</a>, this truly is a “We Are” moment — and we want to hear your “We Are” stories.</p> <p>Visit <a href="https://news.psu.edu/WeAre">news.psu.edu/WeAre</a> to share how you or other Penn Staters are supporting each other to overcome the collective challenges presented by novel coronavirus. We are!</p> </div> Mon, 30 Mar 2020 19:34:48 +0000 admin 6896 at https://greatvalley.psu.edu Entrepreneurial offerings to expand with Great Valley LaunchBox https://greatvalley.psu.edu/story/6741/2020/05/05/entrepreneurial-offerings-expand-great-valley-launchbox <span>Entrepreneurial offerings to expand with Great Valley LaunchBox</span> <span><span lang="" about="https://greatvalley.psu.edu/users/admin" typeof="schema:Person" property="schema:name" datatype="" xml:lang="">admin</span></span> <span>Thu, 04/30/2020 - 13:28</span> <span class="post-date">2020-05-05T09:00:00GMT</span> <div class="field field--name-body field--type-text-with-summary field--label-hidden field--item"><p>MALVERN, Pa. — Penn State Great Valley is expanding its entrepreneurial outreach with the new <a href="https://greatvalley.launchbox.psu.edu/">Great Valley LaunchBox</a> program. Great Valley joins multiple other Penn State campuses with LaunchBox programs, which are funded by <a href="https://invent.psu.edu/">Invent Penn State</a>, a commonwealth-wide initiative to spur economic development, job creation, and student career success.</p> <p>In May 2016, Penn State Great Valley received a $50,000 seed grant from Invent Penn State. The grant established the <a href="https://greatvalley.psu.edu/rev-up-center-for-entrepreneurship">REV-UP Center for Entrepreneurship</a>, a program operating in partnership with the Chester County Economic Development Council aimed to engage and support the entrepreneurial endeavors of Penn State students, faculty, and community members. REV-UP will be one of multiple services supported by the Great Valley LaunchBox.</p> <p>“We’re thrilled to expand the services we offer the local entrepreneurial community,” said Leo Daiuto, entrepreneur-in-residence and director of the Great Valley LaunchBox. “Our mission is to inspire, advise and educate. We will continue to mentor and advise early stage companies and founders while supporting and contributing to the entrepreneurial community in the greater Philadelphia area.”</p> <p>One of the primary focuses of the Great Valley LaunchBox is expanding mentoring and advisory services by offering office hours, meetings, workshops, speaker series, and co-working space, among other things. Thanks to previous events hosted by REV-UP and the local entrepreneurial community, the Great Valley LaunchBox presents budding entrepreneurs with a number of expert mentors.</p> <p>Maura Jarve, creative director and founder of <a href="https://truecreativepartners.com/">True Creative Partners</a>, got involved with REV-UP last spring as a mentor at the Chester County Startup Weekend and judged the third annual <a href="https://greatvalley.psu.edu/rev-up-center-for-entrepreneurship/lion-cage">Lion Cage competition</a> in November. She particularly enjoyed working with the participants to help them refine and explore their ideas; the collaboration and connections also helped her further develop her own projects.</p> <p>Having started multiple companies, Jarve is familiar with the ins and outs of entrepreneurism. She founded True Creative Partners in 2008 and used the skills she learned to form a theater group and an artwork business on Etsy.</p> <p>“I am really excited to participate in the Great Valley LaunchBox in any way,” Jarve said. “I get a lot out of it, too. Inspiration is hard to come by. Being able to have conversations with people and be inspired by their ideas and see how they’re solving problems in a way that maybe I hadn’t thought of before … it’s like a symbiotic relationship.”</p> <p>Carl J. Woodin, president of <a href="https://www.aztechmmedia.com/">AZtech Multimedia & Training Group</a>, was also a mentor and judge at Chester County Startup Weekend and Lion Cage, respectively. His connection to Penn State Great Valley spans back to 1991, when he earned his master’s degree in education. He served as an adjunct faculty member for six years and currently guest lectures in several courses and serves on the Great Valley Alumni Board.</p> <p>After almost 20 years in the corporate world, Woodin founded AZtech in 2002. Starting the company entailed learning everything from how to register a name to tax laws — and this was before the ubiquity of online resources.</p> <p>“I’m looking forward to helping people who are starting a business with what they need to do to get it off the ground,” Woodin said. “I think the Great Valley LaunchBox is amazing. Having started my own business, if this resource was available to me 18 years ago, I would have been the first one in line. … It’s just incredible what is available at basically no cost.”</p> </div> Thu, 30 Apr 2020 17:28:21 +0000 admin 6741 at https://greatvalley.psu.edu Commonwealth Campuses Virtual Sustainability Forums https://greatvalley.psu.edu/photo/6736/2020/05/04/commonwealth-campuses-virtual-sustainability-forums <span>Commonwealth Campuses Virtual Sustainability Forums</span> <div class="field field--name-body field--type-text-with-summary field--label-hidden field--item"><p>The Sustainability Institute will host the Commonwealth Campuses Virtual Sustainability Forums on May 15 & 19</p></div> <div class="field field--name-field-credit field--type-string field--label-hidden field--item">Image: Penn State</div> <div class="field field--name-field-image field--type-image field--label-hidden field--item"> <img src="https://greatvalley.psu.edu/sites/greatvalley/files/styles/photo_gallery_large/public/campuses20labeled_0.png?itok=pBczzEoM" width="800" height="488" alt="Commonwealth Campuses Virtual Sustainability Forums" title="Commonwealth Campuses Virtual Sustainability Forums" typeof="foaf:Image" class="img-responsive" /></div> <span><span lang="" about="https://greatvalley.psu.edu/users/admin" typeof="schema:Person" property="schema:name" datatype="" xml:lang="">admin</span></span> <span>Mon, 05/04/2020 - 16:08</span> Mon, 04 May 2020 20:08:35 +0000 admin 6736 at https://greatvalley.psu.edu Commonwealth Campuses Virtual Sustainability Forums https://greatvalley.psu.edu/photo/6731/2020/05/04/commonwealth-campuses-virtual-sustainability-forums <span>Commonwealth Campuses Virtual Sustainability Forums</span> <div class="field field--name-body field--type-text-with-summary field--label-hidden field--item"><p>The Sustainability Institute will host the Commonwealth Campuses Virtual Sustainability Forums on May 15 & 19</p></div> <div class="field field--name-field-credit field--type-string field--label-hidden field--item">Image: Penn State</div> <div class="field field--name-field-image field--type-image field--label-hidden field--item"> <img src="https://greatvalley.psu.edu/sites/greatvalley/files/styles/photo_gallery_large/public/campuses20labeled.png?itok=WxhfWWe7" width="800" height="488" alt="Commonwealth Campuses Virtual Sustainability Forums" title="Commonwealth Campuses Virtual Sustainability Forums" typeof="foaf:Image" class="img-responsive" /></div> <span><span lang="" about="https://greatvalley.psu.edu/users/admin" typeof="schema:Person" property="schema:name" datatype="" xml:lang="">admin</span></span> <span>Mon, 05/04/2020 - 16:08</span> Mon, 04 May 2020 20:08:33 +0000 admin 6731 at https://greatvalley.psu.edu Lion Cage pitch competition winner aiming to reduce rotator cuff re-tear rates https://greatvalley.psu.edu/story/6561/2020/04/17/lion-cage-pitch-competition-winner-aiming-reduce-rotator-cuff-re-tear-rates <span>Lion Cage pitch competition winner aiming to reduce rotator cuff re-tear rates</span> <span><span lang="" about="https://greatvalley.psu.edu/users/admin" typeof="schema:Person" property="schema:name" datatype="" xml:lang="">admin</span></span> <span>Fri, 04/17/2020 - 09:14</span> <span class="post-date">2020-04-17T08:45:00GMT</span> <div class="field field--name-body field--type-text-with-summary field--label-hidden field--item"><p>MALVERN, Pa. — Even before he won first place in Penn State Great Valley’s third annual Lion Cage pitch competition, offered through the campus' REV-UP Center for Entrepreneurship, <a href="https://www.aevumed.com/">Aevumed</a> founder and CEO Saif Khalil had unique ties to Penn State. Aevumed, a medical device company focused on providing solutions for patients with rotator cuff tears, is headquartered in Penn State Great Valley’s Conference Center Building.</p> <p>When Khalil was looking for an office, he got in touch with the Chester County Economic Development Council for location suggestions in <a href="https://dced.pa.gov/business-assistance/kiz-coordinator-locations/">Keystone Innovation Zones</a>, regions designated by the commonwealth of Pennsylvania to promote entrepreneurial growth.</p> <p>The Conference Center Building was the perfect fit. Since Aevumed needed to produce prototypes of its devices, Khalil seized the opportunity to have headquarters just one floor above Penn State Great Valley’s engineering lab.</p> <p>Although Khalil has only been running Aevumed full time for about a year, the company was years in the making. As a mechanical engineer, Khalil’s interest in medical devices was sparked by a biomaterials class he took in graduate school. Building devices for the human body presented similar challenges to building machines meant for different environments, like submarines and spacecrafts.</p> <p>“When you put something in the body, you’ve got to make sure that it withstands specific loads in the body,” Khalil said. “There are similar engineering challenges when implanting a device in the body for treatment, and I thought it was really interesting and you get to help people at the same time.”</p> <p>Khalil worked for other medical device companies before founding Aevumed. The more he looked into the segmented markets, the more interested he became in orthopedic devices for the shoulder. The extremities — foot, ankle, shoulder, elbow, hand and wrist — are the smallest and fastest-growing market in the orthopedic industry. Shoulder devices comprise about half of that market, so there were opportunities.</p> <p>There’s no use in making a device just to make a device, though — there has to be a clinical need for it. Khalil researched the market to identify what the problems were, how big those problems were, and if and how other companies were addressing those problems.</p> <p>“We found that there’s a big problem with rotator cuffs,” Khalil said. “Twenty percent of patients that go through a rotator cuff tear surgery and repair come back because of a re-tear. … If you have a large tear to start with and you get it fixed and repaired, you have a much higher chance of almost 50% for a re-tear. That’s a big problem.”</p> <p>It was the perfect opportunity for Aevumed to investigate a cost-effective solution to reduce re-tear rates. Khalil consulted with surgeons — including <a href="https://hmc.pennstatehealth.org/display-provider/-/provider/178/april-d-armstrong-md">April Armstrong</a>, an orthopedic surgeon at <a href="https://hmc.pennstatehealth.org/home">Penn State Milton S. Hershey Medical Center</a> — to understand what rotator cuff surgeries were like and what their needs were.</p> <p>Aevumed produced the PHANTOM Anchor, an FDA-cleared suture anchor aimed at helping patients with low bone density; the PHANTOM Anchor contains more threads that hold onto bone.</p> <p>“We have a ground-breaking or disruptive technology,” Khalil said. “There’s really nothing like it. It’s really going to change the way surgeons perform these surgeries into a more confident, more reliable, quicker, simpler and ultimately better results for the patient and still be cost-effective.”</p> <p>When Khalil received an email promoting Penn State Great Valley’s third annual Lion Cage pitch competition, he decided to participate. Aevumed was working on developing a new device that would directly address rotator cuff re-tear rates, and Khalil knew Lion Cage would provide good opportunities for networking and feedback.</p> <div data-embed-button="node" data-entity-embed-display="view_mode:node.embed" data-entity-type="node" data-entity-uuid="8cc5a518-23ed-43c3-a6bb-4b1e2c5f1178" data-langcode="en" class="embedded-entity"><div role="article" about="https://greatvalley.psu.edu/photo/5301/2019/11/22/saif-khalil" class="node image node-image embed clearfix"> <div class="content entity-embed"> <div class="field field--name-field-image field--type-image field--label-hidden field--item"> <img src="https://greatvalley.psu.edu/sites/greatvalley/files/styles/node_embed/public/DSC_7349.jpg?itok=2ED17g78" width="700" height="467" alt="Saif Khalil presenting his idea" typeof="foaf:Image" class="img-responsive" /></div> <div class="group-info field-group-div"> <div class="field field--name-body field--type-text-with-summary field--label-hidden field--item"><p>Saif Khalil presents about his company, Aevumed, at Penn State Great Valley's third annual Lion Cage pitch competition on Nov. 16, 2019.</p></div> <div class="field field--name-field-credit field--type-string field--label-hidden field--item">Image: Christy Selagy</div> </div> </div> </div> </div> <div class="drupal-embed" embed_type="node" nid="5301" view_mode="embedded"></div> <p>Khalil was used to pitching Aevumed and its products to potential investors, but embraced any practice, feedback and criticism. It’s all part of growing as a company.</p> <p>“When you’re a startup, everything counts,” Khalil said. “It’s all about networking, too. You get to meet new people and you get to sharpen your skills. The more you present anywhere, the better you get.”</p> <p>Khalil also enjoyed listening to the other competitors’ pitches and the questions they were asked by judges. Seeing what other groups focused on and how they presented their pitches gave him ideas on how he could further refine his pitches for Aevumed.</p> <p>Networking, receiving feedback and developing ideas were key aspects of Lion Cage for Khalil and Aevumed. Winning first place is always a thrilling bonus, though.</p> <p>“It was great,” Khalil said. “I felt very fortunate. You’re going up there with other companies and everyone’s trying very hard. It’s also encouraging. It makes you feel like you’re on the right path.”</p> </div> Fri, 17 Apr 2020 13:14:27 +0000 admin 6561 at https://greatvalley.psu.edu Leveraging Resources to Support Small Business Resiliency https://greatvalley.psu.edu/photo/6556/2020/04/17/leveraging-resources-support-small-business-resiliency <span>Leveraging Resources to Support Small Business Resiliency</span> <div class="field field--name-field-credit field--type-string field--label-hidden field--item">Image: Penn State SBDC</div> <div class="field field--name-field-image field--type-image field--label-hidden field--item"> <img src="https://greatvalley.psu.edu/sites/greatvalley/files/styles/photo_gallery_large/public/facebook20post20adapting20in20times20of20change-0.png?itok=B1VJPN4o" width="800" height="671" alt="Penn State Small Business Development Center to host free webinar for small businesses and entrepreneurs" typeof="foaf:Image" class="img-responsive" /></div> <span><span lang="" about="https://greatvalley.psu.edu/users/admin" typeof="schema:Person" property="schema:name" datatype="" xml:lang="">admin</span></span> <span>Fri, 04/17/2020 - 08:38</span> Fri, 17 Apr 2020 12:38:17 +0000 admin 6556 at https://greatvalley.psu.edu At the North Central PA LaunchBox, Collaboration is Reigniting the Region https://greatvalley.psu.edu/photo/6496/2020/04/14/north-central-pa-launchbox-collaboration-reigniting-region <span>At the North Central PA LaunchBox, Collaboration is Reigniting the Region</span> <div class="field field--name-field-credit field--type-string field--label-hidden field--item">Image: Penn State</div> <div class="field field--name-field-image field--type-image field--label-hidden field--item"> <img src="https://greatvalley.psu.edu/sites/greatvalley/files/styles/photo_gallery_large/public/ncpa20lb-600-0.jpg?itok=QiPd5Sz0" width="600" height="400" alt="At the North Central PA LaunchBox, Collaboration is Reigniting the Region" typeof="foaf:Image" class="img-responsive" /></div> <span><span lang="" about="https://greatvalley.psu.edu/users/admin" typeof="schema:Person" property="schema:name" datatype="" xml:lang="">admin</span></span> <span>Tue, 04/14/2020 - 18:11</span> Tue, 14 Apr 2020 22:11:26 +0000 admin 6496 at https://greatvalley.psu.edu Navy veteran taps leadership skills to dive into entrepreneurship https://greatvalley.psu.edu/photo/6491/2020/04/14/navy-veteran-taps-leadership-skills-dive-entrepreneurship <span>Navy veteran taps leadership skills to dive into entrepreneurship</span> <div class="field field--name-field-credit field--type-string field--label-hidden field--item">Image: Rick Brandt Photography</div> <div class="field field--name-field-image field--type-image field--label-hidden field--item"> <img src="https://greatvalley.psu.edu/sites/greatvalley/files/styles/photo_gallery_large/public/argolytics-600-0.jpg?itok=YdIyiNLn" width="600" height="400" alt="Navy veteran taps leadership skills to dive into entrepreneurship" typeof="foaf:Image" class="img-responsive" /></div> <span><span lang="" about="https://greatvalley.psu.edu/users/admin" typeof="schema:Person" property="schema:name" datatype="" xml:lang="">admin</span></span> <span>Tue, 04/14/2020 - 17:42</span> Tue, 14 Apr 2020 21:42:35 +0000 admin 6491 at https://greatvalley.psu.edu Twenty teams funded to develop 'AI for Good' in the Nittany AI Challenge https://greatvalley.psu.edu/story/5911/2020/02/13/twenty-teams-funded-develop-ai-good-nittany-ai-challenge <span>Twenty teams funded to develop 'AI for Good' in the Nittany AI Challenge</span> <span><span lang="" about="https://greatvalley.psu.edu/users/admin" typeof="schema:Person" property="schema:name" datatype="" xml:lang="">admin</span></span> <span>Tue, 02/11/2020 - 15:25</span> <span class="post-date">2020-02-13T15:15:00GMT</span> <div class="field field--name-body field--type-text-with-summary field--label-hidden field--item"><p>UNIVERSITY PARK, Pa. — Twenty teams have been awarded $500 to pursue their ideas to use artificial intelligence for good in the 2020 <a href="https://nittanyai.psu.edu/alliance-programs/nittany-ai-challenge/?utm_source=penn%20state%20news&utm_medium=news%20story&utm_campaign=nittany%20ai%20challenge&utm_content=news">Nittany AI Challenge</a>. Students were invited to <a href="https://news.psu.edu/story/601627/2019/12/11/academics/2020-nittany-ai-challenge-showcase-artificial-intelligences-power">submit their ideas</a> to improve the world by providing solutions for problems within the areas of education, health, humanitarian challenges, sustainability and climate change. The challenge is organized by the Nittany AI Alliance, a service of Penn State Outreach.</p> <p>New to the challenge this year is a collaboration with Penn State University Libraries. Cynthia Vitale, department head of research informatics and publishing in Penn State University Libraries, said faculty librarians and staff will be working with the student teams to find relevant data and other resources to help build and optimize the AI models and work to eliminate potential bias.</p> <p>“We are excited by this collaboration as it brings library expertise for finding and evaluating resources into the program,” Vitale said. “Finding and evaluating data can be a tricky point in developing these models as it is important to consider any biases and ethical considerations inherent in the data source prior to using it.”</p> <p>Teams selected represent eight different academic colleges, including the Smeal College of Business, College of the Liberal Arts, College of Engineering, College of Information Sciences and Technology, College of Health and Human Development, College of Earth and Mineral Sciences, the Eberly College of Science, and the Donald P. Bellisario College of Communications, as well as six Penn State campuses, including Hershey, Harrisburg, Berks, Great Valley, Altoona and University Park. Their ideas include:</p> <ul><li>ADHD Proposal: use of AI for earlier diagnosis in children.</li> <li>Aidly: use of AI to assist nonprofits in volunteer outreach.</li> <li>Ailee: AI-powered lecture engagement enhancer.</li> <li>Applications of computer vision toward search and rescue.</li> <li>ARFind: a real-time augmented reality smart navigation system for visually impaired individuals.</li> <li>AI to assist radiologists in diagnoses with convolutional neural networks.</li> <li>Bloom: connecting farmers to wholesalers in developing countries.</li> <li>Clinical trial design success prediction model and design suggestion tool.</li> <li>Comments for Consideration: the use of AI to combat cyberbullying.</li> <li>DACTR: Depression Advisory Correctional Therapy Rehabilitation.</li> <li>Energy Solutions.</li> <li>Fast Insights: video-to-text summarizer.</li> <li>Forest Fire Prevention AI.</li> <li>Insight: predicting demand from historical data using deep learning time series model.</li> <li>Insurance Compatibility Assistant.</li> <li>MedArmor: Genetic and AI-based diagnosis and medical cost estimation.</li> <li>NittanyLink, rethinking group work.</li> <li>Nyansapo, increase literacy rates in African countries.</li> <li>TechCycle, a recycling program for Penn State.</li> <li>Vessel: machine learning model of the vascular network to detect tumors and accelerate advances in artificial tissue growth.</li> </ul><p>“We received an impressive number of proposals describing incredibly innovative visions of how AI can improve our world, truly showcasing the innovative spirit and ambition of Penn State students,” said Brad Zdenek, innovation strategist for the Nittany AI Alliance. “We are proud to play a role in helping launch these 20 transformational ideas and excited to work with the teams throughout 2020 as they move their proposals into reality.”</p> <p>All 20 teams will have an opportunity to present a prototype on April 1 at the Flex Theatre in the HUB-Robeson Center as part of Penn State Startup Week. After the demonstrations, 10 teams will be selected to receive additional funding to turn their prototype into a minimal viable product.</p> <p>For more information about the Nittany AI Challenge and other AI workshops and events, visit the <a href="https://nittanyai.psu.edu/?utm_source=penn%20state%20news&utm_medium=news%20story&utm_campaign=nittany%20ai%20challenge&utm_content=news">Nittany AI Alliance online</a>.</p> </div> <div class="field field--name-field-contacts field--type-entity-reference field--label-above"> <div class="field--label">Contacts</div> <div class="field--items"> <div class="field--item"> <article role="article" about="https://greatvalley.psu.edu/content/christie-black-0" class="node contact node-contact default clearfix"><div class="content"> <div class="field--name-field-contact-display-name"> <h3>Christie Black</h3> </div> <div class="field field--name-field-email field--type-email field--label-hidden field--item"><a href="mailto:cxb81@psu.edu">cxb81@psu.edu</a></div> <div class="field field--name-field-work-phone field--type-string field--label-inline"> <div class="field--label">Work Phone</div> <div class="field--item">814-863-2778</div> </div> </div> </article></div> </div> </div> Tue, 11 Feb 2020 20:25:52 +0000 admin 5911 at https://greatvalley.psu.edu Local entrepreneur aims to improve bicycle safety https://greatvalley.psu.edu/story/5926/2020/02/13/local-entrepreneur-aims-improve-bicycle-safety <span>Local entrepreneur aims to improve bicycle safety</span> <span><span lang="" about="https://greatvalley.psu.edu/users/admin" typeof="schema:Person" property="schema:name" datatype="" xml:lang="">admin</span></span> <span>Thu, 02/13/2020 - 15:50</span> <span class="post-date">2020-02-13T12:48:00GMT</span> <div class="field field--name-body field--type-text-with-summary field--label-hidden field--item"><p>MALVERN, Pa. — One summer day in 2017 after finishing a bike ride, Glenmoore, Pennsylvania, resident Doug Thompson got home and began reading the latest issue of <a href="https://www.bicycling.com/">Bicycling</a>. The magazine laid out a harsh reality: 50,000 bicycling accidents and 1,800 fatalities per year in the United States. Most cyclists hit by cars were struck from behind, never seeing what was coming. The numbers were much higher than what Thompson, an avid cyclist, would have expected.</p> <p>Another statistic jumped out at Thompson, too: If cyclists were to add lights to their bicycles, it would significantly reduce their chances of getting hit, even during the day. Thompson inspected the rear light on his bike — small and nested on the seat post. Most other bicycle models had similar light placement. Yes, the rear lights helped increase visibility, but could more be done?</p> <p>Then, it hit Thompson: Three lights.</p> <p>“When you approach the rear of a car, there are two taillights and then the center light. It gives you depth perception and it also gets your attention,” Thompson said. “I started sketching … [and] I got to this point where I started looking at the seat post and the seat rails. It hit me that no one was doing lights that attached to the seat rails and came out from behind the rider, bringing the lights closer to the car.”</p> <p>After a trip to a local craft store, Thompson cut pieces of foam core and glued them together to create an initial model of "The TailWin!" which he attached to the back of his bike and tested. One of Thompson’s entrepreneur friends referred him to a designer in Colorado, who 3D printed a prototype.</p> <p>Thompson pitched The TailWin! at the West Chester University Business Idea Competition earlier in the year and was eager to continue sharing and promoting his idea. When he learned about Penn State Great Valley’s <a href="https://greatvalley.psu.edu/rev-up-center-for-entrepreneurship/lion-cage">Lion Cage pitch competition</a> through the <a href="https://ccedcpa.com/industry-partner/i2n/">Ideas x Innovation Network</a> (i2n), he jumped at the opportunity.</p> <p>Lion Cage is held through Penn State Great Valley’s <a href="https://greatvalley.psu.edu/rev-up-center-for-entrepreneurship">REV-UP Center for Entrepreneurship</a>, which offered participants the opportunity to practice their pitch and receive feedback from Leo Daito, REV-UP entrepreneur-in-residence, prior to the event.</p> <p>“I got some really good insights from Leo during my prep,” Thompson said. “I listened to his feedback and I made adjustments and it really worked well for me during the actual presentation.”</p> <p>Each presenter has five minutes to pitch their idea, followed by a question-and-answer session with the panel of judges. Thompson gets energized from public speaking, and the Warren V. Musser Auditorium in which the event was held — an amphitheater-style room that seats 400 — was the perfect venue.</p> <p>“I love when we got to the Q&A round because I feel like if I’m getting questions, there’s interest, and if I’m getting questions, people paid attention to the presentation,” Thompson said. “I loved talking to some of the judges afterwards, getting to know what was important, what stood out to them, what they would work on if they could change something.”</p> <p>Thompson was thrilled when he won second place.</p> <div data-embed-button="node" data-entity-embed-display="view_mode:node.embed" data-entity-type="node" data-entity-uuid="a342462b-1a7f-46d2-94cc-d1a9b987a164" data-langcode="en" class="embedded-entity"><div role="article" about="https://greatvalley.psu.edu/photo/5381/2019/11/22/doug-thompson-and-doug-schumer" class="node image node-image embed clearfix"> <div class="content entity-embed"> <div class="field field--name-field-image field--type-image field--label-hidden field--item"> <img src="https://greatvalley.psu.edu/sites/greatvalley/files/styles/node_embed/public/DSC_8386.jpg?itok=rq5Ii0w5" width="700" height="467" alt="Doug Schumer presenting Doug Thompson with his award" typeof="foaf:Image" class="img-responsive" /></div> <div class="group-info field-group-div"> <div class="field field--name-body field--type-text-with-summary field--label-hidden field--item"><p>Doug Schumer presents Doug Thompson with his second-place award, at Penn State Great Valley's third annual Lion Cage pitch competition on Nov. 16, 2019.</p></div> <div class="field field--name-field-credit field--type-string field--label-hidden field--item">Image: Christy Selagy</div> </div> </div> </div> </div> <div class="drupal-embed" embed_type="node" nid="5381" view_mode="embedded"></div> <p>After Lion Cage, Thompson posted about his experience and The TailWin! on his LinkedIn page. As the word spread through his network, a friend introduced Thompson to local marketing experts who have proprietary technology that can further advance The TailWin! and increase cyclists’ visibility to drivers.</p> <p>Ideally, Thompson said, he would like to reach a licensing agreement with a major bike company so The TailWin! can be widely available for consumers. He said he also envisions potentially starting a crowdsourcing campaign so potential buyers can pledge to purchase The TailWin! without the need for mass production.</p> <p>Regardless of how the product is produced, Thompson sees a bright future for The TailWin!, especially given the rapid growth rate of bicycle traffic in the Greater Philadelphia region.</p> <p>“This product was never money-motivated,” Thompson said. “What’s more important for me is to see it in production, to see people have these bike lights on their bikes and not get hit by cars and not be injured.”</p> <p>For more information, contact Thompson at <a href="mailto:thetailwin@gmail.com">thetailwin@gmail.com</a>.</p> </div> Thu, 13 Feb 2020 20:50:54 +0000 admin 5926 at https://greatvalley.psu.edu