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Presenter: Ranji Vaidyanathan, Ph.D. Varnadow Professor of Materials Science and Engineering Oklahoma State University, Tulsa, OK
Date: 28 October 2021 at 6:00-8:00 PM
Location: Virtual via Zoom - See Below
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In this presentation, Dr. Vaidyanathan will describe some successful (water soluble tooling, lightweight composite tanks, hybrid nano-additives) and not-so-successful product development ventures (polymer-ceramic implant materials).
He will provide some takeaways from his experiences and argue for continuing to support innovation agencies such as OCAST.In his role as Professor of Materials Science and Engineering at OSU-Tulsa, Dr. Vaidyanathan has been focused on assisting student start-ups to take the technology developed in the Helmerich Research Center at Oklahoma StateUniversity. The goal of this Center is to transition technologies developed in the Center and convert them into businesses in Tulsa and Oklahoma. This is based on the idea that the role of a land-grant university is not just to educate students but also to contribute to job creation and local economic development.He has assisted many small companies in Oklahoma to obtain SBIR and STTR projects, a major factor for promoting entrepreneurship in a state like Oklahoma that does not always receive a large share of funding from the SBIR and STTR programs.
About the Speaker:
Dr. Ranji Vaidyanathan is Varnadow Chaired Professor of Materials Science and Engineering in the School of Materials Science and Engineering at Oklahoma State University (located in Tulsa, Oklahoma), with several years ofentrepreneurial and product development in the composites and additive manufacturing areas. He is focused on assisting student entrepreneurship and venture creation. He has developed hybrid nano-fillers for improving theinterlaminar toughness and reliability of composite materials. Currently, he is working on a DOE-funded recycling and sustainability project to recycle carpet and polyolefins, as well as developing novel methods to accelerate thequalification and certification of additively manufactured metal parts.Ranji received his B. Tech. in Metallurgical Engineering from the Indian Institute of Technology, Varanasi, an MS in Mechanical Engineering from North Carolina A&T State University and a PhD in Materials Science and Engineering from North Carolina State University. He is a Registered Professional Engineer in Ceramic Engineering in Ohio. He was a research associate at Rutgers University and then completed a second postdoctoral position at Johns HopkinsUniversity before joining Advanced Ceramics Research (ACR) in Tucson, AZ. At ACR, he worked on several small business innovative research projects before moving to Oklahoma State University in 2007. At ACR, he developed awater-soluble tooling material for fabricating polymer composite materials marketed as Aquacore™ and Aquapour™ that has sold for more than $20 million in the past ten years.