Oregon BEST E-news Masthead
November, 2010    
In This Issue...
Oregon BEST Helps Produce New TV Series
RESEARCH SPOTLIGHT Legislators Tour Oregon BEST Labs
Oregon BEST Names Commercialization Advisory Board
Oregon BEST Researchers Make Headlines in the News
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Upcoming Events

иии November 30



At this free brown bag lunch sponsored by the Oregon Technology Business Center, venture capitalist Jim Huston, chair of Angel Oregon, will discuss how Angel Oregon works and how to apply. (See the Oregon Entrepreneurs Network for more information on Angel Oregon.) Beaverton, OR

иии December 6-7


The largest, most comprehensive environmental conference and trade show in the Pacific Northwest. Presented by Associated Oregon Industries, Oregon DEQ, NEBC, and the Wash. Dept. of Ecology. Portland, OR


иии January 17-21


Annual international event dedicated to the commercial concrete and masonry construction industries. Featuring innovative products and technologies, demonstrations and competitions, and education programs. Las Vegas, NV



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Executive Director's Report

Growing Oregon's Global Impact


David Kenney portrait
Oregon BEST's David Kenney
With Gov. Kulongoski's recent signing of an MOU between the State of Oregon and the Iraq Ministry of Higher Education, along with an MOU between the State of Oregon and the Qatar National Food Security Programme in September, Oregon's sustainability expertise and reputation is going global. In early 2009, Oregon BEST provided initial seed funding of $27,000 that leveraged more than $300,000 in federal funds to enable a group of faculty from Iraqi universities to visit Oregon to learn about our higher education, research, and business expertise in sustainable engineering. Led by Oregon BEST researcher, Catherine Mater, Oregon State University has taken that exchange to the next level by supporting a nationwide sustainable engineering initiative in Iraq's universities (listen to Mater on OPB's Think Out Loud).

Earlier this year, I joined an Oregon delegation to Qatar to engage in discussions about how Oregon effectively executes public-private partnerships in green building/development and agriculture. That trip has led to multiple business opportunities for Oregon firms, and both Portland State University and OSU are engaged in discussions with partners in Qatar to create shared research programs.

Both these international relationships present opportunities for Oregon business services, export markets for Oregon products, and new sources of research funding. Oregon BEST is proud to be a contributor to these exciting opportunities to support Oregon being a player beyond our borders.
        David Kenney, President & Executive Director
New TV Series Seeks "Green" Stories
Oregon BEST helps produce "Green Science Oregon"

Green Science Oregon logo


Oregon BEST is playing a key role in helping produce a new television series, "Green Science Oregon," which touts Oregon's position as a national leader in green research, science, and business. The show started airing this fall on stations throughout Oregon, and producer Rick Coyle is looking for more story ideas, and sponsors, for future 30-minute episodes.

Oregon BEST is connecting Coyle's Portland-based company, World Video Productions, with potential story subjects and topics, including Oregon BEST researchers, labs facilities, and Oregon businesses and organizations engaged with Oregon BEST. Current episodes can be viewed online at the Green Science Oregon website, where participating TV stations and schedules are also listed. If your company, lab facility, or organization is engaged is green science of any kind, please email Coyle directly with your story ideas, or to inquire about sponsorship opportunities.
SPOTLIGHT on Oregon BEST Research

Legislators Tour Oregon BEST Labs
Lawmakers get up-close look at shared-user research facilities


Lokey Labs/SuNRISE PV LabLast month, tours of three signature research facilities affiliated with Oregon BEST welcomed state legislators, business owners, entrepreneurs, and others interested in learning about the equipment and expertise available at the shared-user labs, which are helping Oregon businesses succeed and speeding commercialization of faculty research.

The tours included two Oregon BEST facilities in Corvallis and one in Eugene: The Oregon Process Innovation Center for Sustainable Solar Cell Manufacturing on HP's Corvallis Campus, the Green Building Materials Lab on the OSU campus, and the SuNRISE Photovoltaics Lab (located in the Lokey Labs, pictured above) at the UO in Eugene. All tours highlighted how business clients - ranging from Oregon-based Tau Science, Voxtel, Corvallis Tool Company, ShelterWorks, and Grape Solar to large firms Sony and HP - are tapping the facilities to speed job creation.

Read the Corvallis Gazette-Times story and the Eugene Register-Guard story and sidebar article describing the tours and capabilities of the facilities.
 
Commercialization Board Named

12 clean-tech industry execs to oversee Oregon BEST program


  University Research
  + Industry Collaboration  
= Commercialization & New Jobs

Oregon BEST has named a dozen business executives and industry experts to provide strategic oversight of its new Commercialization Program, including the recently announced Commercialization Grants Program, which will distribute $225,000 in grants of up to $75,000 each to teams of university researchers working with an Oregon small business or startup. The new advisory board includes the following individuals:

John Chen, Phoenix Venture Partners
Aman Desouza, CertainTeed
Steve Eichenlaub, Intel Capital
Sarah Krasley, Autodesk, Inc.
Doug Moore, McKinstry
Brooke Randall, Equilibrium Capital
Adrian Roberts, Battelle
Gregg Semler, Pivotal Investments
Martin Tobias, NW Energy Angels and tppr.com
Steve Vincent, Avista
Andrea Wendt-Olson, JELD-WEN
Matthew Wilson, Lane Powell

Read the full story here.
 
OIT Leases Former InFocus HQ Bldg.
University to Consolidate Portland Campuses

Former InFocus HQ BuildingThe Oregon Institute of Technology, one of Oregon BEST's partner universities, has signed a 10-year lease with a purchase option on the former InFocus headquarters in Wilsonville. OIT will consolidate it four current Portland-area campuses into the single facility in order to accommodate growing demand for its technical and engineering programs, including its rapidly growing Renewable Energy Engineering Program - the first program of its kind in the nation. OIT plans to renovate the 131,800 square foot, four-story office building. Read the full story here.
 
From better seismic testing to jobs from green chemistry...
 
Oregon BEST Researchers IN THE NEWS...


PSU Prof. Peter Dusickaиии Civil engineering professor PETER DUSICKA is expanding the infraStructure Testing & Applied Research (iSTAR) Lab at PSU to increase seismic research and testing capabilities. A recent investment by Oregon BEST makes the lab part of its statewide network of shared-user research facilities available to industry. Full Story...


Jim Hutchison, UOиии UO professor of chemistry JIM HUTCHISON discusses how investing in Oregon-based green innovation - including green chemistry - produces products and services that are cost competitive, opens new markets, and keep clean-tech jobs in Oregon and the United States. Full story...


OSU's Lech Muszynskiиии OSU professor of wood science & engineering LECH MUSZYNSKI continues his search for an industry partner to help commercialize his research that uses biocomposites in signage along Oregon highways, which reduces the use of petroleum-based plastics. Full story...


Kaichang Li, OSUиии UO architecture professor IHAB ELZEYADI looks to commercialize the "eSolar Awning" his research team has developed at the new Oregon BEST Facade Integrated Technologies Testing Facility on the UO campus. The protogype offers shading, solar power, a light shelf, and LED lighting. Full story...
The Oregon Built Environment & Sustainable Technologies Center (Oregon BEST) connects Oregon businesses with the state's shared-user network of university facilities to transform green building and renewable energy research into on-the-ground products, services, and jobs that power Oregon's green economy. Oregon BEST's founding partner universities include Oregon State University, the Oregon Institute of Technology, Portland State University, and the University of Oregon.

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