Local prototyping, manufacturing experts will discuss services

Innovation Week, News

OMAHA, Nebraska (Oct. 22, 2020)—UNeMed, the technology and transfer office at UNMC and UNO, will host an expert panel that will discuss local options for researchers, entrepreneurs and inventors in need of prototyping and manufacturing services.

The hour-long panel discussion will be a virtual event hosted via Zoom at noon on Wednesday, Oct. 28. The discussion is free and open to all at http://bit.ly/iWEEK20protopanel.

Planned panelists are UNO’s Brian Knarr, Omaha Manufacturing’s Tyler Keffeler and Shabri’s Kyler Meredith.

Brian Knarr, PhD, is an Assistant Professor and the Director of the Machining and Prototyping Core in the Department of Biomechanics at UNO. His research takes an interdisciplinary approach by combining clinical, experimental, computational, and device design concepts to develop clinically translatable rehabilitation.

Tyler Keffeler is Vice President of Omaha Custom Manufacturing, a full-service contract manufacturing company.  As a member of the executive management team, he oversees business development and project management.

Kyler Meredith specializes in rapid prototyping, batch manufacturing and product development, using additive manufacturing methods to bring designs to life.

Four other events are planned for Innovation Week, culminating with the Innovation Awards ceremony at noon on Thursday, Oct. 29.

The awards will be held via Zoom, and will honor all UNMC and UNO faculty, students and staff who submitted a new invention, were awarded a U.S. Patent or had a technology licensed during the 2020 fiscal year. UNeMed will also name the year’s Most Promising New Invention and will announce the “Innovator of the Year.”

The Awards ceremony can be viewed via Zoom at http://bit.ly/iWEEK20awards.

Innovation Week kicks-off at noon on Monday, Oct. 26 with a panel discussion on the merits of the SBIR/STTR grant programs. That panel will be available at http://bit.ly/iWEEK20SBIR.

Innovation Week continues on Tuesday, Oct. 27, with a panel discussion that focuses on local web and app development resources. That panel begins at noon on Tuesday, Oct. 27 at http://bit.ly/iWEEK20WebDev.

Also on Tuesday, Oct. 27, is a seminar that will focus on Nebraska women in STEM fields, sponsored by Nebraska BIO. UNO’s Christine Cutucache, PhD, will present, “Leadership and Mentorship in STEM: The Critical Need and Action Plan” at 10:30-11:45 a.m. That event is free for students, but $25 for non-students. Registration is required: http://bit.ly/2020NebSTEM.

The remaining Innovation Week event is another panel discussion, this one covering local prototyping and manufacturing options on Wednesday, Oct. 28 at noon. Open and free to all, that panel discussion can be viewed via Zoom at http://bit.ly/iWEEK20protopanel.

More information about Innovation Week and the Innovation Awards can be found at unemed.com/innovation-week.

 

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