Austin, Texas (2/28/2011) – Nanohmics, Inc. was awarded the prestigious Chief of Naval Research (CNR) Challenge grant to design a visual guidance system to allow vehicles to autonomously navigate unknown terrain, whether an urban environment or off-road. The CNR Challenge is hosted by the Office of Naval Research (ONR). “ONR program officers reviewed the entries and selected 10 very promising ideas from nearly 100 white papers,” said Rear Adm. Nevin Carr, chief of naval research. “As always, final selection was tough, but the winners were ultimately chosen based on potential and how well the idea supports the needs of the Navy.”
Tim Raines, Nanohmics’ VP of Commercialization said, “We have had a long and successful relationship with several organizations within the Navy including ONR but to win the CNR Challenge is an honor that places Nanohmics among an elite group of researchers who are creating ideas that will meet the long term vision of the US Navy.”
The winners and their research initiatives are:
- Babak Fahimi, University of Texas at Dallas – “Double Stator Switched Reluctance Machines: A Transformative Technology”
- Moeness Amin, Villanova University – ” Effective Urban Radar Imaging Based on Compressive Sensing”
- Juliet Gopinath, University of Colorado at Boulder – “Individually Addressable Pptofluidic Lens Arrays for Boundary Layer Distortion Compensation”
- Mark Rosenblum, Lockheed Martin – “A High-Function, Low-Cost Autonomy Kit”
- Byron Zollars, Nanohmics – “Passive 3D Mapping Plenoptic Sensor for Autonomous Vehicle Guidance and Obstacle Avoidance“
- Ming Han, University of Nebraska-Lincoln – “Miniature and Durable Fiber-Optic Microphone for Accurate Measurement of High-Level Noise”
- Michael Thomas, Johns Hopkins University Applied Physics Laboratory – “HEL Absorption Around 1 um in the Maritime Environment”
- James McGrath, Virginia Tech – “Chlorine Resistant Membranes for RO, FO, Nanofiltration and Waste Water Purification”
- Dave Trivett, Georgia Institute of Technology – “Mitigation of Flow Noise Effects by Fish”
- Xin Wang, Stony Brook University – “Concurrent Exploration of Compressive Sensing and Networked MIMO Radars for High Quality and Robust Detection and Tracking”
Nanohmics, Inc. is a dynamic company founded in July 2002 by entrepreneur-minded scientists and engineers. Nanohmics specialty is working aggressively with companies and government agencies to help them bring their ideas to fruition with innovative science and engineering along with novel technical and integration methodologies. We perform full custom engineering and development with the goal of capturing the essence of the scientific problem in the solution. The combination of cutting-edge scientific and engineering viewpoints for next generation product development enables a unique perspective on total system solutions. A wide range of services are available, from assistance with small technical hurdles to full-custom prototype instrumentation development and low-volume production.
Nanohmics employees have backgrounds in engineering and the pure sciences, along with decades of experience in materials science, electro-optics, optical physics and electromagnetics, electronics, embedded systems, biotechnology/fluidics, and thermal management. Nanohmics’ mission is to provide our customers with the hardware and software tools to enable creative ideas to flourish in commercial ventures.
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Austin, TX— Nanohmics announced today that it has received a Tibbetts Award from the Small Business Administration (SBA) for its success in commercializing science and technology innovations with support from the Small Business Innovation Research (SBIR) program. SBA presents the awards to companies and individuals that have advanced technological innovation and economic growth.
Nanohmics has launched two new companies to focus on the commercialization of technologies it developed. These events were major factors in gaining recognition from the SBA. Faradox Energy Storage, Inc. (www.faradox.com) has successfully raised capital to commercialize high-temperature, high-energy-density capacitors, and GlideLine Systems (www.glidelinesystems.com) delivers parachute navigation solutions to military Special Operations personnel.
“This award validates our motivation for starting the company,” said Nanohmics President, Mike Mayo. “Since our first Small Business Innovation Research (SBIR) proposal in 2002, we have focused the company on innovation and commercialization, leveraging funding from the SBIR program and our commercial partners. As a result, Nanohmics has enjoyed steady growth while creating jobs and value for the Austin economy.”
Nanohmics’ Tibbetts Award recognizes the company’s success in meeting the U.S. Government’s emerging needs for advanced materials, electro-optics systems, and sophisticated electronics. Nanohmics technology has been incorporated into a number of government programs and several commercial products.
“The SBIR program allowed three first time entrepreneurs to take the risk of creating a new venture, which has led to the creation of - over 30 high value jobs for the Austin region thus far,” continued Mayo. “Ultimately, we believe our work will create hundreds of jobs and significant economic value.”
Mike Mayo, Nanohmics’ President and co-founder, accepted the award at a ceremony this morning in Washington, DC. Afterward, he met with SBA Administrator Karen Mills, and attended a reception at the White House.
“This is a proud day not only for Nanohmics but also for the city of Austin,” said Sean Greene, SBA’s Associate Administrator for Investment and Senior Adviser for Innovation. “Companies like Nanohmics represent the best in American ingenuity.”
Nanohmics, Inc. is a dynamic technology company founded in 2002 by entrepreneurial scientists and engineers. Nanohmics specializes in the application of innovative ideas, science, and engineering to early-stage technology development, with an emphasis on novel materials, devices, and instrumentation. Since its initial award in early 2003, Nanohmics has received technology development contracts from a number of federal agencies, as well as from a variety of commercial concerns, spanning from small startup companies to large defense contractors.
GlideLine HAHO/HALO Parachute Navigation System will debut to the public at the annual Parachute Industry Association Symposium. The PIA Symposium will be held in Reno, NV February 14-18, 2011. GlideLine is the leading personal avionics solution for Military Free Fall HAHO and HALO missions. Designed in partnership with the DoD, well over 4000 jumps have been made with the system and GlideLine has been highly praised by the Special Forces user community.
Nanohmics will be exhibiting at the Office of Naval Research Science and Technology Partnership Conference November 8-10 in Washington, DC. Nanohmics is currently developing a Counter Directed Energy Weapon sensor suited for identifying laser or other directed energy threats against Naval assets. You can learn more about our Laser Threat Warning System, Argus, on our website.