UToledo, NASA Glenn to Host Virtual Technology Day

August 12, 2020 | Events, News, UToday, Alumni, Engineering
By Christine Billau

The University of Toledo and NASA’s Glenn Research Center are bringing together University faculty and students and technology businesses in northern Ohio with NASA leaders and technologists to discuss ways to collaborate.

Virtual Technical Day will be Thursday, Aug. 13, from 10 a.m. to 2:15 p.m. on Webex. The event is free, but online registration is required.

Panel discussions will focus on opportunities for University students and researchers, small businesses and other industry partners to participate in government-sponsored research and development efforts supporting NASA’s missions.

Speakers will include:

• Jim Bridenstine, NASA administrator;

• James Reuter, NASA associate administrator for the Space Technology Mission Directorate;


• Marla Pérez-Davis, NASA Glenn Research Center director, who holds a master of science degree from UToledo; and

• Congresswoman Marcy Kaptur.

“UToledo’s engagement with the NASA Glenn Research Center is very special, and we are proud of this opportunity to foster even stronger connections,” Dr. Karen Bjorkman, UToledo provost and executive vice president for academic affairs, said. “We started offering engineering degrees at NASA Glenn over 50 years ago and to this day have UToledo employees working on site in Cleveland to support NASA’s exciting science and engineering missions.”

For more information, including an agenda and speaker bios, visit the College of Engineering website.

Following the event, 10 tech startups from Ohio, including one from UToledo, will “fast pitch” their innovations to an audience and panel of judges during NASA’s iTech Ignite the Night OHIO from 3 to 5 p.m. at livestream.com/nasaitech.

The UToledo team led by Dr. Abbas Semnani, assistant professor in the Department of Electrical Engineering and Computer Science, will present its low-power handheld plasma unit for medical and disinfection applications, such as personal decontamination and healing wounds.

NASA iTech identifies and searches for cutting-edge technologies that solve problems on Earth, but also have the potential to address the challenges of exploring the Moon and Mars.

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