By Dana Catron, Program Coordinator at Arrowhead Center, New Mexico State University. Arrowhead offers programs, services, and resources in intellectual property, technology commercialization, sponsored research, business creation and development, and entrepreneurial training. Reused with permission.
Albuquerque-based company Management Sciences, Inc. (MSI) was awarded a TechConnect Innovation Award at the TechConnect World Innovation Conference & Expo in Washington, D.C.
The award is presented to the top 15 percent of technologies selected from global academic technology transfer offices, early-stage companies, small business innovation research (SBIR) organizations, and government and corporate research laboratories. The award supports those companies succeeding in commercialization acceleration and innovation.
MSI is a leader in innovative software development, focusing on mechanical, structural, and electronic engineering. Their award-winning technology, an Embeddable Programmable Instrumentation Circuit (EPIC), is an innovative instrumentation and data recording system that is small enough to fit inside a shirt pocket, replacing the need for traditional bulky and power-hungry systems.
EPIC has been eight years in the making, and has applications in data acquisition; embedded diagnostics and prognostics with internet of things cloud connectivity; aircraft propulsion system health management; condition based monitoring of equipment systems and components with cloud processing; energy metering, monitoring, and control; and in-mission cloud processing on aircraft, among others.
“The idea for this game changing technology started with a 1997 Cooperative R&D Agreement with USAF Space Division at Kirtland, followed by a DARPA / Joint Strike Fighter Broad Agency Announcement,” said Kenneth Blemel, MSI co-founder and vice president and principal investigator for EPIC. “Today it is a reality, thanks to SBIR contracts and MSI’s great team of engineers and software gurus that made it possible.”
MSI received three SBIR grants to advance this technology, and is attending the National SBIR/STTR Conference in Washington, D.C., with assistance from New Mexico’s Federal and State Technology (FAST) Partnership Program, located at New Mexico State University’s Arrowhead Center.
“There are many exciting developments underway in our state’s innovation and technology economy,” said Zetdi Sloan, program manager for NM FAST. “MSI’s award is a great success story for NM and an inspiration to others who have an entrepreneurial spirit.”