University of Arkansas

Walton College

The Sam M. Walton College of Business

2020 Innovation Scholars

Meet the 2020 Innovation Scholars! These graduate students and postdoctoral researchers will receive virtual training and develop personalized commercialization plans for their technologies with support from mentors over 8 weeks.

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Layla Al-Mitib

Degree Program: Ph.D. Candidate, Cell and Molecular Biology

Research: Development of a recipe that can help relieving eczema by using chitosan.

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Mark D. Bowling

Degree Program: Ph.D. Candidate, Electrical Engineering, M.S. Candidate, Electrical Engineering

Research: Use of UVC LEDs and FarUV excimer Lasers for sterilization and decontamination of pathogens and development of materials for Far UV LEDs for pathogen decontamination of air and surfaces.

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Landon Burcham

Degree Program: Ph.D. Candidate, Biomedical Engineering

Research: Uses molecular tools and next-generation sequencing approaches to enable disease detection and point-of-care diagnostics.

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Emilio Duverna

Degree Program: Ph.D. Candidate, Cell and Molecular Biology

Research: Investigating the inhibitory potency of small molecule drug candidates to fight Ras-related cancers.

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Shelby Foster

Degree Program: Ph.D. Candidate, Chemical Engineering, MBA Candidate

Research: Owns a start up company, CatalyzeH2O, with a focus on innovative water treatment technologies. CatalyzeH2O is building two platform technologies for challenging water treatment applications: (1) a filtration membrane and (2) an electrochemical catalyst.

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Rogelio Garcia

Degree Program: M.S. Candidate, Chemical Engineering

Research: Water Sterilization Technology for Spacecrafts.

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Anthony Gunderman

Degree Program: Ph.D. Candidate, Mechanical Engineering, M.S. Candidate, Electrical Engineering

Research: The integration and implementation of medical and soft robotics.

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Olivia Kolenc

Degree Program: Ph.D. Candidate, Biomedical Engineering

Research: Uses autofluorescence imaging to study cellular metabolism and is working on developing a tool for integrating biological context to label-free metabolic data to improve data analysis.

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John Moore

Degree Program: Ph.D. Candidate, Chemical Engineering

Research: A spray-on anti-viral and anti-bacterial all-natural surface that can be used to stop the spread of infectious disease in high contact areas.

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Asya Ozkizilcik

Degree Program: Postdoctoral Fellow, Biomedical Engineering

Research: Phosphonate/bisphosphonate modification of graphene oxide for orthopedic and cardiovascular applications.

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Tanmoy Patra

Degree Program: Postdoctoral Fellow, Biomedical Engineering

Research: Development of reusable membrane catalytic reactor for biomass plants and chemical manufacturing companies that converts biomass waste into chemical intermediates.

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Colin Phelan

Degree Program: M.S. Candidate, Mechanical Engineering

Research: Novel nano-surface texturing technology which displays great structural integrity while reducing the friction and adhesion forces of the surface it is applied upon.

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Prashanth Ravishankar

Degree Program: Ph.D. Candidate, Biomedical Engineering

Research: Works on designing and prototyping incubator friendly, microscope mountable biostretchers to conduct mechanistic studies on cells.

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Angeline Rodriguez

Degree Program: Ph.D. Candidate, Biomedical Engineering

Research: Focus on recharacterizing an animal model (UCD 200/206) that expresses all the signs and symptoms of a rare autoimmune disease (Systemic Sclerosis).

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Md Rakib Shahriar

Degree Program: Ph.D. Candidate, Computer Science and Computer Engineering

Research: Design and development of cloud-based Digital Twins for remote and distributed manufacturing in Industry 4.0.