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Special Report
University Entrepreneurship

 March 2000



In This Issue


Letter from the Department Head

Letter from the Chair of the Advisory Board


Special Report on University Entrepreneurship

University Entrepreneurship: Joining the New Economy- Many issues arise when universities choose to participate in commercializing the technology developed in their research laboratories. This article discusses some pros and cons of entrepreneurial universities. In one sidebar, Tapping the Reservoir, a proposal is discussed in which Virginia Tech would take an equity position in new high-tech start-ups in which faculty, students, or Virginia Tech technology are involved. A second sidebar, Maximizing Opportunities, discusses issues involving the treatment of intellectual property.

Entrepreneurship Requires Cultural Change -AEDAR Corp. opened an office in Blacksburg to take advantage of Virginia Tech's configurable computing expertise and students. AEDAR President James Fabunmi discusses the needed cultural change that the university would have to experience for entrepreneurship to take hold.

It Could be Contagious... - Virginia Tech's Fiber & Electro-Optics Research Center (FEORC) has spun off 17 companies since its establishment.

From Company President to Professor - Kent Murphy, president of one of Virginia Tech's most successful spin-offs describes the issues involved in serving both as corporate president and college professor.

Starting Up With Harsh Environments - Prime Photonics was founded last year to commercialize sensor technology for harsh environments.

Virtual Corporation Paving Way to MagLev Venture - A student education venture has developed a novel transportation technology that may be the basis for a new Virginia Tech spin-off company.

Building the Wireless Valley - Wireless Valley Communications is a spin-off firm with a dual mission: to commercialize wireless technology and to spark an entrepreneurial climate in the region.

Electrical Distribution Technology: What it Takes to Make it Go - Robert Broadwater, a computer engineering professor and president of Electrical Distribution Design, discusses the ups and downs of getting the firm off the ground.

Power Shopping - Kwa-Sur Tam, a power systems professor, is cofounding a start-up that will enable residential and small commercial power customers to form buying blocks in the newly opened power market.

Antennas for Wireless Computer Interconnects: Good Things DO Come in Small Packages - After shrinking a helix antenna to less than half the size, the Virginia Tech Antenna Group licensed the technology to a firm that develops and markets wireless computer interconnects.


The Bradley Department
of Electrical and Computer Engineering
Virginia Tech

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