The Oklahoma Center for the Advancement of Science and Technology
board of directors has approved 13 high-tech projects totaling $2.9
million over three years.
Oklahoma companies involved in the research include Eagle-Picher
Technologies, Miami; Newman Technologies, Norman; Quantum
Construction Technologies, Okema; Nomadics, Stillwater;
Environmental Labortories, Stillwater; York International, Norman;
Sciperio, Stillwater; Inoveon Corp., Oklahoma City; and Pure
Protein, Oklahoma City.
Universities involved in the projects include Oklahoma State
University and the University of Oklahoma, including the Health
Sciences Center. The Oklahoma Medical Research Foundation of
Oklahoma City is also involved in two projects.
Matching funds for the projects will bring the total research and
development investment for Oklahoma to $5.8 million. The research
and development proposals were selected on a competitive basis,
looking at scientific and technical merit and commercialization
potential. The proposals were peer-reviewed and recommended for
funding by a team of scientists, engineers, and business leaders,
the majority of whom reside outside of Oklahoma, said W.A. Sibley,
president of OCAST.
These joint-venture R&D projects are important to Oklahoma
companies as they develop new products and services and strive to
keep their economic advantage in very competitive world markets,
Sibley said. These R&D projects are important to Oklahoma
universities and nonprofit research centers because it provides them
an opportunity to commercialize and capitalize on their intellectual
knowledge. When all of this comes together, Oklahoma benefits
because it helps companies build more high-skill and high-wage jobs
Technical summaries of the projects included:
* Don A. Lucca, OSU, and Gene Cantwell, Eagle-Picher, were
awarded $298,961 for a three-year study, Creation of Epitaxy-Ready
ZnO Substrates. This joint project between OSU and Eagle-Picher
Technologies is aimed at developing a commercial process for the
production of ultra-high quality ZnO substrates.
* Gerard Newman was awarded $300,000 for a two-year project,
titled Advanced Oxidation System for Indoor Air Quality, to develop
and commercialize an advanced air cleaning system. Newman
Technologies will perform the research.
* Daniel Fisher, OSU, and Steve Tiller, Quantum, were awarded
$53,520 for a one-year project titled Cold Air Distribution in a
Factory Built Home to develop an improved cold air handling system
for homes. The project is a joint effort of Oklahoma State
University and Quantum Construction Technologies, Okema.
* Jeanmarie Verchot, Arron Guenzi, and Brett Carver, OSU
Department of Entomology and Plant Pathology, were awarded $176,664
for a three-year project, Transgenic Virus Resistant Wheat Seed
Production. The Oklahoma Wheat Research Foundation and Oklahoma
Foundation Seed Stocks Inc. support this project to benefit Oklahoma
* Brian Strecker of Nomadics was awarded $300,000 for a three-
year project, Field-Modulated Microresonators. …