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Just three percent of America’s venture capital-backed startups are led by women and only about one percent by African-Americans. And, with capital for innovative startups predominantly available in just a few places, high-growth business creation is a challenge outside a handful of metro hubs. On Tuesday, Aug. 4, President Barack Obama hosted the first-ever White House Demo Day, aimed at changing those numbers to reflect better ethnic, gender and geographic diversity in entrepreneurship.
Jacob Bernoulli, Leonhard Euler and Simeon Poisson are all icons in the world of mathematics, but to Babatunde Ogunnaike, they’re more than just pioneers who developed foundational principles of engineering — they’re part of his academic heritage. That heritage is so important to Ogunnaike, dean of the University of Delaware College of Engineering, that he passes it along to each of his graduate students in the form of an academic tree upon graduation.
Creative people across the globe are using off-the-shelf products and materials to design and build novel devices ranging from robots that carry out simple household chores to inexpensive cartridges that deliver life-saving medications. The so-called Maker Movement has gained momentum over the past several years due largely to new technologies like 3-D printers and readily available information about how to use them, as well as to a variety of support services offered through platforms such as Kickstarter, Indiegogo and Local Motors.
Thomas H. Epps, III has been selected as the 2015 winner of the Owens-Corning Early Career Award by the Materials Engineering and Sciences Division (MESD) of the American Institute of Chemical Engineers (AIChE). Epps is the Thomas and Kipp Gutshall Associate Professor of Chemical and Biomolecular Engineering and associate professor of materials science and engineering at the University of Delaware. The award recognizes outstanding independent contributions to the scientific, technological, educational, or service areas of materials science and engineering by people who are under the age of 40.
April Kloxin thinks science rocks, and she wants everyone from grade-schoolers to grandparents to think that too. So her research group at the University of Delaware is reaching out to the public through an interactive kiosk at the Delaware Museum of Natural History, as well as through a radio show on the University’s student-run radio station, WVUD.
Termites strike terror into the hearts of homeowners, but they could provide a nonpolluting way to convert coal to methane if microbes from their gut can be sent below ground as tiny miners. This novel concept was presented at the University of Delaware Energy Institute annual symposium at the Clayton Hall Conference Center on May 13. The event attracted more than 50 people from the energy community to address the clean energy challenge.