From Basic Research to Startup: The Development and Commercialization of University-Based Acoustics Research
Friday, November 11, 2016
4:00 p.m. in ETC 4.150
Dr. Mark S. Wochner
An underwater noise abatement system based on research performed at The University of Texas at Austin’s Applied Research Laboratories has been commercialized and is now being prepared for its final demonstration before it enters the offshore wind market. The system uses arrays of acoustic resonators which are tuned to optimally reduce radiated noise from various sources, and has been shown to be very effective in field trials. This presentation will cover the research efforts behind this approach, including the basic research, small-scale testing, and offshore testing at various locations. It will also cover the commercialization efforts behind turning this university-based technology into a salable product, including technology licensing, company formation, patent applications, contracting, and marketing.