Oklahoma Innovations - OCAST's Official Newsletter
4TH ANNUAL OKLAHOMA TECHNOLOGY SHOWCASE HIGHLIGHTS INNOVATIVE ENTREPRENEURS
The Oklahoma Technology Showcase, the state’s “show-and-tell” event of world-class technology, returned August 26 to the Broken Arrow campus of Northeastern State University.
The showcase featured presentations by Oklahoma entrepreneurs and student interns, plus a keynote speech by Jim Brice, a site operations manager for Google at its Pryor, Oklahoma, data center.
“We’re thrilled to be able to bring this showcase of Oklahoma’s emerging technology innovators back to our Broken Arrow campus,” said Steven Turner, president of Northeastern State University. “Amazing innovations have been developed and are flourishing right here in our state. We’re happy to help them share their stories.”
Before President Turner welcomed the audience for the official kickoff of the Showcase at 9 a.m., early birds learned about another weekly Oklahoma entrepreneurial program called 1 Million Cups during a breakfast hour.
Companies making entrepreneurial presentations at the Showcase were: Compression Solutions, Tulsa; Live Pet LLC (formerly Sarvam Solutions), Bartlesville; Wegolook, Oklahoma City; Monscierge, Oklahoma City; Advantage Controls, Muskogee; and TechTrol, Pawnee.
In addition to the presenting entrepreneurs from tech-based companies, three students who have participated in OCAST’s Intern Partnerships program made special presentations.
After the conclusion of the entrepreneurial presentations, Google’s Brice served as keynote speaker during the noon luncheon. With 30 years of hands-on experience in the technology business, Brice serves as a site operations manager at the Oklahoma location for the company whose name has become synonymous with internet search and productivity applications.
“The Technology Showcase offers more than just a snapshot of globally competitive Oklahoma innovation,” said Michael Carolina, OCAST’s executive director. “It also provides inspiration for others to follow these innovators down the path of entrepreneurship and develop new technology-based products and services that create jobs and build wealth for the state.”
The Technology Showcase concluded with a robotics showcase and demonstration by high school students from around the state.
Organizing sponsors were NSU, the Broken Arrow Chamber of Commerce and the Oklahoma Center for the Advancement of Science and Technology (OCAST). In addition to the organizing sponsors, other event sponsors were the Greater Oklahoma City Chamber, i2E Inc., The Forge, Covanta, MidAmerica Industrial Park, 36o North, the Claremore Industrial & Economic Development Authority, Access Optics, Pelco Structural LLC., Bartlesville Development Authority, Port of Muskogee, Tulsa Technology Center and the Tulsa Regional Chamber.
IMPACT AWARDS PRESENTED AT OKLAHOMA TECHNOLOGY SHOWCASE
OCAST Impact Award – Technology Based Economic Development
Each year OCAST honors an individual who demonstrates a passionate commitment to improving our economy through economic development generally and technology-based economic development (TBED) specifically.
Individuals receiving the Impact Award –TBED are community leaders who have worked diligently to advance policies and/or practices to attract, retain and expand new high-tech businesses and jobs in Oklahoma. This year’s honoree is Representative Earl Sears.
Representative Sears was born in Bartlesville, Oklahoma, and has lived there his entire life. Representative Sears received his BA from Northeastern State University and an MA in counseling from Northeastern State University.
He spent 32 years at Central Middle School, 24 of those in administration. He retired in 2006 and is serving his fifth term as a state representative for District 11.
Representative Sears is dedicated to his community and has served on numerous boards, including the Ward 3 city council, Bartlesville Area Rotary, Bartlesville Regional United Way, Bartlesville Sportsman Club and the Bartlesville Community Foundation.
OCAST Impact Award – Excellence in Science and Technology
This award is designed to celebrate long-standing achievement with winners serving as models for others in Oklahoma research institutions and advanced technology companies to replicate.
The award also offers science and technology practitioners and policymakers examples of successful approaches that are being employed by OCAST funding beneficiaries to grow and strengthen the state’s knowledge, economy and high-tech workforce. This year’s honoree is Professor Surendra Singh.
Professor Surendra Singh obtained his BS and MS degrees in electrical engineering from India, in 1976 and 1978, respectively.
He came to the U.S. in 1978 to pursue graduate work at the University of Mississippi where he received his doctoral degree in electrical engineering with specialization in electromagnetics.
Following his graduation, he joined the University of Tulsa in the fall of 1985 where he is currently professor in the electrical and computer engineering department. His principal area of research is computational electromagnetics which has taken him to several Naval and Air Force facilities across the country.
For the past 10 years, he has served as a reviewer and panelist for the National Science Foundation SBIR Phase I and Phase II programs.
SSTI ANNUAL CONFERENCE TO BE HELD IN OKLAHOMA CITY
SSTI, a national nonprofit organization dedicated to improving initiatives that support prosperity through science, technology, innovation and entrepreneurship will hold their annual conference October 26-28 in Oklahoma City.
SSTI's Annual Conference offers invaluable opportunities for tech-based economic development practitioners and policymakers to further their professional development and learn how to apply best practices to their situation. Through seminars led by seasoned professionals, the conference offers participants the chance to discover successful approaches to building tech-based economies, gain information about new and existing federal programs and reach a better understanding of trends in tech-based economic development.
REGIONAL INNOVATION FORUM TO BE HELD IN DURANT
OCAST will host a Southeastern Oklahoma Regional Innovation Forum to be held November 16 in the Hallie McKinney Ballroom on the campus of Southeastern State University.
The event will be held at lunchtime with Lieutenant Governor Todd Lamb scheduled as the keynote speaker.
More details and agenda to follow.
STAFF CHANGES AT OCAST
Diane Lewis, director of Administration and Finance, has retired from state government after nearly 20 years of service. She joined OCAST in November 2011 after working at the Oklahoma Commission on Children and Youth, the Oklahoma Secretary of State’s office, the Office of State Finance and the Oklahoma Securities Commission.
Diane has served admirably in state government and her contributions to OCAST are greatly appreciated. The OCAST team wishes her well in her retirement.
Elaine Spell joins OCAST as the new director of Administration and Finance succeeding Diane Lewis. Ms. Spell spent eight years with the Oklahoma Aeronautics Commission where she held the position of chief operations officer (COO) before coming to OCAST.
Ms. Spell earned both her bachelor’s degree in accounting and masters of business administration from the University of Central Oklahoma. She is also a certified procurement officer.
Elaine is a welcomed addition to OCAST and we are pleased to have her on the team.
INTERNS AWARDED SCHOLARSHIP MONEY AT THE OKLAHOMA TECHNOLOGY SHOWCASE
The 2015 intern scholarship competition during the Oklahoma Technology Showcase awarded scholarships to three worthy undergraduate student interns. Students currently working on OCAST-funded Intern Partnerships projects were eligible to compete for scholarship money through an essay and oral presentation contest. The top three finalists were selected to make presentations during the 2015 Technology Showcase.
OU electrical engineering student David LaRue accepted the third place scholarship of $2,000, sponsored by MidAmerica Industrial Park. LaRue is an intern at Spiers New Technologies in Oklahoma City where he works with electric vehicle batteries.
Second place in the scholarship competition – and a $3,000 scholarship sponsored by Pelco Structural – was awarded to University of Tulsa senior Ryan McCarthy, who is an intern at True Digital Security in Tulsa. McCarthy’s internship experience has given him an opportunity to help develop a system that analyzes malware and distributes information about it to interested organizations such as the Department of Homeland Security.
The winner of the intern scholarship competition – and a $5,000 award – was Thomas Martin, a chemical engineering senior from the University of Tulsa. Martin spent this summer interning at Linde Process Plants in Tulsa where he is part of a team working on designing custom simulations for natural gas processing plants.
The OCAST Intern Partnerships funding program provides a 1-to-1 match for companies and universities to place students in high-skill internships that support high-tech businesses. Students work closely with a company mentor and gain real-world experience they can take back to the classroom as they further their education, as well as learning skills that will help to make them more competitive in the job market upon graduation.
OCAST SUPPORTS 2015 NEW FRONTIER EXPO
The Southwest Minority Supplier Development Council (SMSDC) held their annual New Frontier Expo August 5-7 in Oklahoma City. The SMSDC is the minority business owner’s direct link to corporate America.
The mission of the organization is to create opportunities and an environment for minority business enterprises to grow, and to actively add value for corporate members through positive business relationships.
OCAST was proud to be an exhibitor at the event as it is a shining example of corporate leadership of minority businesses in this region.
OKLAHOMA INNOVATIONS RADIO SHOW
Researchers at Oklahoma State University have developed a left heart simulator that uses a synthetic silicone-based model of the left ventricle and artificial heart valves to regulate flow through the model. The model will be used to identify what segments of the heart, when paced to correct for delays, provide the most beneficial outcomes in terms of blood flow and cardiac function.
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For more than 50 years, HE&M Saw in Pryor has been the leader in new band saw technology, setting the standard with more patented innovations than any other band saw manufacturer in the world. HE&M Saw manufactures over 70 different models of production band saws for the metalworking industry with capacities ranging from 12″ x 12″ to 80″ x 80″.
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In today’s economy built on “advanced manufacturing,” a pipeline of work-ready employees is key to the success of any industrial business. MidAmerica Industrial Park provides a full-spectrum of support services for tenants of the Pryor facility.
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Changes in technology pose challenges for the print media. Hear how the state's largest newspaper, The Oklahoman, is adapting to social media and other technological advances to continue bringing the news to a different type of reader.
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