CCEW staff works under the Vice President for Strategic Planning and Economic Development and alongside OTD to analyze early-stage technologies suitable for CCEW commercialization teams.
CCEW teams work with technologies from a wide-variety of industries, from oil & gas to bio-tech, and are carefully assessed to ensure a high-quality experience for the interns and viable commercialization strategies during the semester.
The first step in the rehabilitation of an individual after a lower limb amputation is the measurement of the residual limb and the fabrication of a prosthetic socket. Traditional methods of socket design are manual and involve a significant amount of trial and error before the socket can be finalized. The automated socket design (ASD) system improves the process by which residual limbs are measured through: 1) a mechanical sleeve that can be used to shape the residual limb while simultaneously capturing its shape and 2) a software algorithm that converts the measurement into a CAD model for the manufacture of the socket. Together, these two systems lay the groundwork for the development of next-generation prosthetic devices with improved performance, fit and comfort over time.
The team will be tasked with researching the prosthetic socket market and presenting recommendations to project stakeholders for the best path to market for both systems.
There are 800 million people around the world who are illiterate, two-thirds of whom are women. LitWorld is a non-profit literacy organization based in New York that promotes reading and writing skills through storytelling. Through the LitWorld model, these children build self-confidence and are well-positioned to become leaders in their communities.
Recent experiences in LitWorld programs have indicated potential for helping students and adults in their program to apply their newfound literacy to improving their lives through entrepreneurial activities and achieve financial independence and security as a result of their literacy improvement.
The team will be tasked with determining the best model for expanding LitWorld’s current platform in a way that maximizes impact in worldwide literacy and application of literacy to economic development.
The book publishing industry has undergone huge technological shifts in the past decade in the form of eReaders, eBooks and easier methods of self-publishing. Crowdfunding and crowdsourcing have made it possible for people to publish quickly, simply and independently. Crowdscribed, an alternative book-publishing web platform, is capitalizing on this industrial shift. Crowdscribed will launch the first phase of its book-publishing website in 2013. The key to the success of Crowdscribed’s launch is the ability to build a website that attracts a large crowd of engaged readers, publishers and bibliophiles. With the prospect of entering a rapidly transforming industry, Crowdscribed has the potential to distinguish itself in the publishing world, for readers and traditional publishers alike.
The team will be tasked with building the first version of the Crowdscribed website, as well as identify and survey potential users, while compiling broad-landscape recommendations for building crowds online.
Social Innovation (Tulsa)
The team will be identifying, developing, and prototyping a new, socially innovative technology. No existing ‘university’ technology is being provided for the team. The interns are the inventors! The semester will move from brainstorming to idea selection, followed by commercial and technical development and an iterative design phase. This is a clean sheet project. The team will be expected to embrace product development and with a limited budget, utilize prototyping resources and machine shops for fabrication needs.