A UCI team, led by Chemistry Ph.D. candidate Mya Le Thai, had an incredible breakthrough, overcoming this obstacle through a combination of hard work and serendipity while experimenting with nanowire coating. The discovery, which has garnered international attention in both scientific circles and popular culture, moves us closer to a day when batteries might not need replacement. In particular, the breakthrough holds promise for commercial batteries used in computers, smartphones, appliances, cars, and spacecraft.
Dipak Shah Dipak is the Founder and CEO of Reliant Solutions, based in Orange County, California. A former investment banker, Dipak routinely observed accountants exiting companies as a result of audit-related issues that surfaced during due diligence. Recognizing that company executives, including the Chief Audit Executive, lacked real-time visibility into audit results and associated risks, he founded Reliant Solutions. Dipak developed the vision and strategy of Reliant to provide complete and continuous transparency on the effectiveness of internal controls to executives, enabling them to better identify and manage risk.
Kirsten Mangers A self-proclaimed small business & entrepreneur advocate, Kirsten was an early innovator behind the localization of online advertising for small-tomedium sized businesses. The company she founded, WebVisible, was one of the leading names in local online advertising, utilizing a SaaS platform to help local businesses acquire new customers across a vast network of media options. Kirsten led the expansion of the company via diverse partnerships across 14 countries, raising over $35 million in venture backing and growing the company from 8 employees to over 350.
Richard Henson Richard Henson is the CEO of PhageTech, LLC, a firm that is developing novel technology for immunodiagnostics. He is a medical device executive with over 30 years of experience in medical device development and manufacturing. He is also a board member of OCTANe and a member of the Chancellor’s CEO Roundtable at UCI. He is an investor in several other medical firms.
The UCI Mobile Data Science Hackathon brought together over 85 student and industry participants who hacked big data over the weekend of May 14-15th. The inaugural Hackathon was founded by the UCI ICSSC (Information and Computer Science Student Council), the UCI Data Science Initiative, and M2Catalyst, LLC. The event was created to foster collaboration and support the newlyminted data science major.
The University of California encourages faculty to participate in outside professional activities that contribute to their profession and to the broader community and impact University’s public service mission. Engagement with the outside community is also an important component of the academic enterprise and one way in which faculty, researchers, and students foster and grow relationships with our community and various industries.
The impact of digital technologies on businesses and the economy has been a passionate area of research for Information Systems and Computer Science Professor Vijay Gurbaxani. Gurbaxani received an integrated five year Master’s degree in Mathematics and Computer Science from the Indian Institute of Technology, Bombay and obtained his Master’s and Ph.D degrees in Business Administration from the University of Rochester.
Through their startup, BottleRocket, Arthur Avetisov and Brian Leung want to change consumer perception toward recycling. Founded in May 2015, BottleRocket is a mobile app and direct-to-consumer recycling service that rewards customers for recycling at home. Inspired by the growing amount of unsustainable beverage waste, BottleRocket tackles the problem of plastic bottle waste by facilitating a consumer’s ability to recycle and earn money from it.
Blackstone LaunchPad hosted an event promoting female entrepreneurship and future Girlbosses at the Cove on May 18th. The event featured a panel of successful female entrepreneurs who shared their experiences as women in power and inspired women to launch their own business. The event focused on the women panel who answered questions on topics ranging from entrepreneurship and networking to gender issues and being a woman in business.
The fifth annual IEEE GameSIG took place at the Cove on May 7th. GameSIG is a Intercollegiate Computer Game Showcase that allows Southern California college game developers to present their best studentdeveloped video games to an elite judges panel of video game professionals. The Cove’s state of the art video displays and space allowed the attendees to see each of the finalists’ games up close and in person.
Over $100K in cash and in-kind prizes was split among twelve student-led entrepreneur teams that took top prizes at the 2016 Paul Merage School of Business - Business Plan Competition. The event was hosted at the Cove and cosponsored by UCI Applied Innovation and the Paul Merage School of Business. Community business leaders serving as judges awarded winners in numerous categories after a full day of pitches by 39 finalists out of an initial pool of more than 80 applicants.
Johnson & Johnson Innovation and Janssen BioTherapeutics put on a half-day series of presentations that explored the necessary requirements and considerations to achieve a successful biologic Investigational New Drug (IND) Application.