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Hofstra mechatronics lift SBU startup

By GREGORY ZELLER // Well, that worked just like they drew it up. Inside three short months, ThermoLift’s strategic research partnership with Hofstra University’s Center for Innovation has engineered advanced mechatronic controls for the Stony Brook-based startup’s cutting-edge heat pump technology. Attacking a design problem with a mechatronics solution – combining mechanical, electronic, computerized and control systems – helps his company take a big step toward a critical testing phase, according to ThermoLift CEO Paul…


Hofstra’s new approach to mechatronic mastery

By GREGORY ZELLER // An innovative Hofstra University certificate program is speeding professional engineers toward the multidisciplinary systems expertise required by 21st century dynamics. By focusing on mechatronics – the crossroads of mechanical, electronic, computerized and control systems – the new certificate program serves two masters, notes creator Kevin Craig, a Hofstra mechanical engineering professor who directs the School of Engineering and Applied Science’s Center for Innovation. Not only does the program save practicing engineers…


China patent, new tech heat ThermoLift’s summer

By GREGORY ZELLER // Technological advances and a first-ever international patent have made for a hot summer at ThermoLift, which is closing in rapidly on critical field tests for its natural gas-driven heat pump and air-conditioning unit. In July, the Stony Brook startup was granted its first overseas patent by China, which awarded the distinction to the customized electronic-control system of ThermoLift’s core heat-pump technology. The company is still awaiting a domestic utility patent –…


The Debrief: Kevin Craig, Hofstra’s innovation man

Few people can legitimately claim to be innovating innovation itself. But when Kevin Craig agreed to lead Hofstra University’s new Center for Innovation, he insisted that private companies working with the center be allowed to keep their intellectual property, unique among university-based innovation programs. Six months in, the mechanical engineering professor – who also runs the school’s Robotics and Advanced Manufacturing Laboratory – believes the distinction will prove a major difference-maker, not only for the…


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At Hofstra, collaboration without losing your stuff

BY GREGORY ZELLER // A Hofstra University effort to combine industrial and educational forces is breaking the innovation mold. And intellectual property rights are only part of the sea change. Many universities now host “innovation centers,” noted Kevin Craig, director of Hofstra’s Center for Innovation, and Hofstra’s version does what most of the others do: accelerate development and commercialization of new technologies by fostering collaboration between industry, school faculty and students. And Hofstra carves itself…