Innovation Grant Awardees Q2 2017

Manufacturing and Technology Resource Consortium- Stony Brook University $ 74,890

The Manufacturing and Technology Resource Consortium (MTRC) at Stony Brook University is working with Carson Optical, a consumer optics company located in Ronkonkoma, NY, to advance the optics industry. This award will fund a project which will integrate CNC-based machinery with state-of-the art technology employing advanced controls, software & metrology techniques. The expansion of the Long Island-based company into new sectors utilizing these innovative systems will aid Carson in retaining and increasing jobs, such as engineers, skilled technicians and additional support staff. (Long Island)

Syracuse University – Syracuse Center of Excellence in Environmental Energy & Systems $ 75,000

Syracuse University will collaborate with NuClimate Air Quality Systems to develop an innovative new technology for heating, ventilation and air-conditioning (HVAC). The project will create a new Advanced HVAC Testbed at the Syracuse Center of Excellence in Environmental and Energy Systems (SyracuseCoE) that will be designed to support development and testing of prototypes of a variety of new HVAC products from New York firms. In the first use of the new facility, NuClimate will collaborate with SyracuseCoE to refine and test a new HVAC product for dormitories and other residential buildings. NuClimate expects that commercialization of the envisioned new product will increase its sales revenues by 50% and create 10 new jobs in manufacturing, engineering, and professional positions. (Central New York)

University at Buffalo $ 75,000

Dr. Edward Furlani of the University at Buffalo’s Depts. of Electrical Engineering and Chemical and Biological Engineering has partnered with CleanSlate UV and Grantwood Technologies to develop an innovative desktop ultra violet (UV)-based disinfection technology. This project will leverage CleanSlate UV’s current UVC countertop disinfection technology, which enables hospitals and food processing facilities to rapidly sanitize smartphones, tablets and other mobile devices. It will also leverage Grantwood Technologies’ optical design expertise and Dr. Furlani’s expertise in photonics. This project will generate at least 10 new advanced manufacturing jobs in Western New York within 12 months. (Western New York)

University of Rochester $ 45,760

The University of Rochester is proposing to purchase two ophthalmic research instruments, a Visiometrics HD Analyzer, and a LambdaX NIMO, which allow measurement of a contact lens’ prescription, as well as the visual performance and scatter of the contact lens on the eye. These tools will initially be used to support a collaboration with The Institute of Optics and the Flaum Eye Institute at the University of Rochester and Clerio Vision, Inc. to support their sponsored research on developing a novel method to manufacture contact lenses. Clerio Vision will leverage this research to advance the diagnostic capability in order to manufacture refractive devices with higher accuracy and to further the understanding of the impact of the LIRIC manufacturing process on optical performance.  This project will have a considerable impact on Clerio Vision’s ability to scale up to commercial contact lens manufacturing and is expected to create around 10 jobs in the Rochester region over the next 36 months. (Finger Lakes)

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Manufacturing Innovation Grant Awardees