TAMPA, Florida – NASA has partnered with Hillsborough Community College and the University of South Florida to give students the opportunity to browse their list of patents and see what they can turn into business models that solve real world problems. environment, manufacturing, etc.
The program is part of NASA’s Technology Transfer University or T2U program and it’s a huge opportunity that could spark new business.
“[It’s] really exciting for us because we are the first community college to be a T2U school in the state of Florida. There are only two community colleges in the country to participate in this opportunity, ”said Beth Kerly, professor of entrepreneurship and business at HCC.
HCC will be hosting a three-day event in February called Patenthon to give students the chance to come up with ideas. They will work alongside other local organizations, businesses, and community members, including students from the University of Florida and USF.
“NASA is providing it for free to students for three years so they can take these models and see if they work or not. It’s the value, so you don’t have to do the research yourself,” he said. said Kerly.
At USF, patents are part of assignments. Professor Lin Jiang will hear presentations from students on how to put NASA’s inventions to new uses.
“For the course, I basically chose a few models that I found fascinating, these are also kinds of newer patents for students to analyze,” said Jiang, assistant professor of entrepreneurship at USF. “So we always have one or two inventors every semester who can meet with the students to answer their questions and that has also helped a lot. “
Jiang said his students had creative ideas, and one of them was even being tested.
“They ended up trying to get their evaluation license from NASA, so it’s underway now. So they can eventually use, have the right to use the patent to test their business ideas this year,” he said. Jiang said.
A teacher to business and engineering students, Jiang said she wants to open the minds of her students to the possibilities offered by patents and how they can take a business model to the next level.
Kerly and Jiang said the partnership with NASA helps students become innovative and see how they can bring an invention that has social impact to market.