Putting the TECH in TEXAS

Putting the Tech in Texas

Investment, collaboration and access to talent — not to mention industry-disrupting, entrepreneurial UNT alums — are driving innovation culture in DFW with impacts in the state and beyond. UNT's recently revamped Murphy Center for Entrepreneurship and Innovation is striving to create an environment that facilitates and strengthens these developing ventures. Denton-based Stoke Coworking, a collaborative initiative, provides space for local startups and entrepreneurs, along with educational, professional networking and social events, and formal and informal mentoring. UNT alums and staff are among those providing mentoring, and the College of Information has used Stoke as a meeting space, as have several student groups. And there are ideas in the works for how Stoke and the Murphy Center can partner on future events. Read more about what makes Stoke a hub for UNT innovators, and view an interactive timeline of UNT alums who have founded tech startups over the past decade.

Partner Spotlight
CodeLaunch JudgesCodeLaunch

The sixth annual CodeLaunch competition in Frisco last week gave participants the opportunity to compete for more than $67,000 in services including a product development team, leadership coaching, and financial, legal, design and marketing consulting. The annual seed accelerator for early-stage software product startups featured five finalists who squared off in a pitch competition judged by a panel of distinguished entrepreneurs and the audience. UNT partnered with Code Authority on the company's CodeLaunch competition, and Michael Rondelli, UNT associate vice president for innovation and commercialization (second from right), served as one of the judges. Last year's winner, UNT alumna Madison McClure (middle), also served as a judge at this year's event. Learn more about McClure, her venture and other UNT Tech Titans. UNT was a proud co-sponsor of last week's competition.

Research News
Sandesh Somashekhar and Sidney Hartz
Exceeding expectations with new internship program

Readying students to be workforce leaders and providing solutions to society's big issues through research innovation are part of what it means to be a next-generation university. UNT's Office of Innovation and Commercialization is doing both with its new Patent Internship Program. University technology commercialization offices often employ interns who work on the licensing and marketing aspects of technology transfer. However, these internships, usually conducted through business schools, seldom focus on the more technical aspects of innovation. UNT's program concentrates on intellectual property and is a collaboration between the Office of Innovation and Commercialization and the university's libraries.

UNT post doctoral researcher Saurabu NeNe (left) and graduate research assistant Michael Frank monitor the Stir Friction Process.
Creating a man of steel-like alloy

Saurabh Nene, a post-doctoral researcher in UNT's Department of Materials Science and Engineering, designed a new steel-like alloy that is five times stronger than conventional steel by combining iron, manganese, cobalt, chromium and silicon through induction melting, casting and Friction Stir Processing.

Stephen Jackson
Colliding mathematical theories!

What happens to the world of math when descriptive set theory begins to merge with descriptive dynamics? According to UNT College of Science,s Regents Professor Stephen Jackson, you get the theory of definable sets. "The theory of definable sets is on the very forefront of mathematical logic theory. It combines descriptive sets, 'well-behaved' real numbers and descriptive dynamics: the mathematics of movement," says Jackson, who will present his findings on definable set theory at the International Congress of Mathematicians in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil this month.

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