October 2003, General Motors, the New York State Energy Research
and Development Authority (NYSERDA), NYSTAR, CAMP and the
U.S. Department of Energy announced the completion of the
first phase of a $1.37 million endeavor to improve the lost-foam
casting process used at GM's Massena Powertrain plant.
to annual funding that NYSTAR provides to CAMP, an $81,000
technology transfer grant from NYSTAR helped to enable CAMP
to partner with Buffalo Wire Works to develop the prototype
for the optical analysis technology used in the lost-foam
NYSTAR funding, and Clarkson's CAMP process development, Buffalo
Wire Works was able to launch a start-up company, VisionWorks
LLC. The new optical analysis technology enabled GM to achieve
its goals of increased casting quality and efficiency.
question, technology transfer creates new businesses, fosters
new industries, and helps develop new markets. The growth
in technology commercialization, and the benefits that it
can reap for institutions that create technologies and companies
that license them, has also made the task of technology transfer
more complex. NYSTAR's technology transfer goal is to facilitate
the transfer of knowledge that could have direct economic
value from universities to industry. Commercialization of
technology is key to growing a successful high-technology
economy in New York.
From left: Vice Provost / CAMP Director
S.V. Babu, Clarkson University President Anthony Collins,
Inger (Professor Giaever's wife), Nobel Laureate Professor
Ivar Giaever, and Professor Egon Matijevic' (the Victor K.
LaMer Chair in Colloid and Surface Science)
Laureate Professor Ivar Giaever Delivers Shipley Lectures
at Clarkson University
Giaever, Institute Professor of Science at Rensselaer Polytechnic
Institute, presented the Ninth set of Shipley Distinguished
Lectures at Clarkson University. He is a Norwegian-born American
who pioneered the study of the behavior of organic molecules
at solid surfaces and the interaction of cells with surfaces.
In 1973 he received the Nobel Prize in Physics jointly with
Doctors Leo Esaki and Brian D. Josephson for their discoveries
regarding tunneling phenomena in solids.
Giaever's lecture titled "The Nobel Prize and the Future of
Science" offered a look at the future of science, new discoveries,
and the role played by the Nobel Prize in scientific inquiry.
presentation on "Examining Cells in Tissue Culture Using Electrical
Means" described a unique method (developed in his laboratory
over the last decade) to quantify the behavior of cells in
Laureate's lectures were co-sponsored by Clarkson's Center
for Advanced Materials Processing and the School of Arts and
Sciences. The Shipley Distinguished Lecture Series was initiated
in 1994 by a generous gift from Charles and Lucia Shipley
through the Shipley Family Foundation. The purpose of the
lecture series is to promote scholarly achievements at Clarkson
by providing the opportunity for idea exchange and active
learning, as well as exposing undergraduate and graduate students
to the most prestigious speakers from all over the world.