John Blaho

John Blaho
Director for Industrial-Academic Research Office
of the CUNY Vice Chancellor for Research

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“The City University of New York (CUNY), the nation’s largest urban public university, is graced with a plethora of established faculty members who are some of the best in their fields. While much of the staff is involved in teaching, the CUNY faculty’s work goes well beyond the classroom, and into the laboratory. A unique resource made available to faculty is the CUNY Center for Advanced Technology, also known as CAT. The center allows the faculty at CUNY to translate discoveries made in their individual research into commercial products. Dr. John Blaho, Director for Industrial-Academic Research, Office of the CUNY Vice Chancellor for Research, shares his experience working at the CUNY Center for Advanced Technology as the Center’s Academic Director…” read essay by Philip Kim.

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  1. #1 by Amrika on October 26, 2012 - 2:53 pm

    Nice to know that there is a technology transfer office for cuny. Not sure if its well funded or utilized though since it isn’t well known. However, is it really only available to faculty? That’s unfortunate, and severely limiting.

  2. #2 by Max Mueller on October 26, 2012 - 2:54 pm

    I think the idea of CUNY-CAT is really interesting. It sounds just like the tech-transfer offices that we have been hearing about. If this one is just for faculty, is there anything students can use, or does this apply to students to.

  3. #3 by Salman Zaidi on October 26, 2012 - 2:55 pm

    The CUNY-CAT program sounds like a great tool for the faculty at CCNY. The fact that the faculty has access to so many connections is great.

  4. #4 by Gerard Nissenbaum on October 26, 2012 - 2:55 pm

    It’s good that the CUNY-CAT program provides checks and balances for the purely academic professors. They usually wouldn’t check certain basic problems that may arise and are often bad at convincing people of their idea on an economic level.

  5. #5 by Joseph Derosa on October 26, 2012 - 2:56 pm

    One of the most important things to consider after coming up with an innovative idea/blueprint is to ensure that you are the first to do so. Many times people have brilliant ideas in times of enlightenment, however, they are unaware that it has already been put in motion by someone else. In this light, the CUNY-CAT faculty provides a pivotal role in overseeing the process of innovation.

  6. #6 by Jason Liggayu on October 26, 2012 - 2:57 pm

    I didn’t know that the faculty of CUNY had such an extensive support network in getting their research findings prepared for patenting and commercialization. It makes sense that CUNY needs to make sure that research doesn’t infringe on existing intellectual property rights. The goals for CUNY-CAT of encouraging economic growth also seems to serve as a public service beyond the academic/scientific fields.

  7. #7 by Y-Lan Nguyen on October 26, 2012 - 2:58 pm

    I hadn’t heard of CUNY-CAT before, but I like their mission to help faculty translate their research and discoveries into technologies while connecting them with industrial and governmental partnerships. Before, it seemed similar programs focused more on helping students instead of faculty.

  8. #8 by Costin Vicoveanu on October 26, 2012 - 2:59 pm

    CUNY-CAT is a great resource for CUNY faculty, as many teachers would not have time between teaching, researching, their personal lives, and doing other work to worry about patenting, much less commercializing their work.

  9. #9 by Raubern Totanes on October 26, 2012 - 2:59 pm

    I didn’t know that CUNY had a working Technology Transfer office prior to this presentation. But for a university that is considered the “largest urban public university in the US,” I would be surprised if CUNY didn’t have one.

  10. #10 by Maximilian Rief on October 26, 2012 - 2:59 pm

    CUNY-CAT is an important tool for the CUNY school system, for students and professors alike. It is good to see how well developed this program is.

  11. #11 by Alex Bonilla on October 26, 2012 - 3:00 pm

    Is CUNY-CAT strictly for faculty or would students working under faculty be eligible to participate? The fact that solar panels are the most efficient source of alternative energy, yet are only 33% efficient, shows that we have long way to go.

    • #12 by Philip Kim on December 3, 2012 - 11:11 pm

      As far as I know, it mainly focuses on faculty. Also, I think nuclear energy is a much more efficient source than solar energy, although there is much debate over nuclear power, especially considering what happened to the Japanese nuclear plant after the Tsunami in 2011.

  12. #13 by Wen Niao Qu on October 26, 2012 - 3:00 pm

    The research on solar energy panels is a big step in changing the way we use energy. It is wonderful to hear that the solar panels they are working on will be more efficient and less expensive.

  13. #14 by Jakub Dosoudil on October 26, 2012 - 3:01 pm

    I did not know about CUNY-CAT, and the great developments and ventures that it helps out with in regards to CUNY related research that could be commercialized. More awareness of this “institute” should be made as it is a vital part of success with intellectual property created by CUNY professors and students

  14. #15 by Samhita Kattekola on October 26, 2012 - 3:01 pm

    It is really nice to see how CUNY-CAT is not only helpful to the faculty involved with it but can be really useful in boosting the economy and creating jobs. NYC has an unemployment rate of nearly 10%, so help from such missions seems to be good.

  15. #16 by Elnara Mikhaylova on October 26, 2012 - 3:02 pm

    The CAT system sounds like a great innovation and a great way to streamline the process of creating new products. It’s necessary to ensure that there is a way to properly communicate new ideas and advancements, because there would otherwise be a great delay in progression.

  16. #17 by Chrisinda Lynch on October 26, 2012 - 3:02 pm

    I did not know that solar panels were only 33% effective, but I think it’s really great that CUNY-CAT has played a role in developing more efficient, less expensive panels.

  17. #18 by Michelle Sawh on October 26, 2012 - 3:22 pm

    I didn’t know there was a CUNY-CAT program, or what opportunities it offers for faculty throughout CUNY. Being able to have one’s own technology commercialized is sometimes rare, so having CUNY help their faculty is great. The solar panels innovation is pretty awesome too!

  18. #19 by Mohammad Zaryab on October 27, 2012 - 7:00 pm

    The solar panel concept really stood out. 33% to approx 50% energy output may not seem like a drastic improvement to the common man but that is an amazing development.

    • #20 by Joseph Derosa on December 1, 2012 - 5:55 pm

      I agree! A 17% increase in energy output is amazing. It’s inspiring to see such developments taking place on the scientific level within the CUNY system.

  19. #21 by Mahtab Alam on December 2, 2012 - 8:05 pm

    This is the first time I’m hearing about CUNY-CAT. But it seems to be very necessary for faculty members to make the important networking connections in order to get their ideas out.
    And if CUNY could increase the efficiency of a solar panel from 33% to 50% that would be a very useful discovery!

  20. #22 by Nadeem Ahmad on December 20, 2012 - 2:17 pm

    Once again, this is a great example of CUNY’s attempts to move forward with their resources. CAT is a great, inspiring way for furthering innovation within CUNY.

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