LIGHTWEIGHTING FOR THE MASSES™
Composite Forming Steps
Christopher Oberste, Ph.D.
Jonathan Goldman recently returned to Georgia Tech VentureLab, after helping cultivate the program just after its inception from 2002 to 2007. During that period, he helped spin up several hardware-based companies including Nuventix, Verco Materials, and LumoFlex. In 2007, he was instrumental in forming solar firm Suniva, and left to become its Director of Business Development. During his 5-year tenure at VentureLab, he assisted more than 10 companies that, collectively, raised more than $300 million in venture and grant funding. He most recently served as CTO and VP of Engineering, for Hydro Phi Technologies, a hydrogen-on-demand technology targeted at reducing fuel and emissions in buses and heavy trucks. He has 2 patents pending from innovations he led at HydroPhi.
Nicole Morris is a member of the faculty at Emory University School of Law. She is a professor in practice and director of the TI:GER program. As a professor in practice, her areas of expertise include patent law, patent litigation, patent prosecution, IP licensing, and strategy. Prior to joining the Emory faculty, Professor Morris was the former managing patent counsel at The Coca-Cola Company in Atlanta, Georgia. While at The Coca-Cola Company, Nicole was responsible for the development and implementation of the Company’s global patent strategy and providing day-to-day advice & counseling to business stakeholders, including freedom-to-operate and competitive assessments and counseling concerning IP related agreements.
Michael Vitek is an entrepreneur and executive-level professional with 20+ years of technical, operational and business consulting experience. Most recently, Mr. Vitek worked at Mercedes-Benz Technology North America in Troy, Michigan as Vice President of Business Development and Managing Director of their Consulting Practice. There he was responsible for the firm’s start-up, Profit and Loss, Resource Management, and Global Client Management. Since 2013, Mr. Vitek has worked as an independent technology development advisor to several firms, including ACTANO, ITHAKA, IAV, Ford Motor Company, Mercedes-Benz, Ingersoll Rand, Entrega, Coavis, Toyota Gosai, BE Aerospace, Battery Solutions, MDE International, Intertek, and Eaton Corporation. Mr. Vitek holds a bachelor degree of science in engineering with emphasis of manufacturing systems and electrical engineering.
Dr. Ben Wang is the Executive Director of Georgia Tech Manufacturing Institute and currently serves on the National Materials and Manufacturing Board. He holds the Gwaltney Chair in Manufacturing Systems in the School of Industrial and Systems Engineering and is a Professor of Materials Science and Engineering. As Executive Director of Georgia Tech Manufacturing Institute, Dr. Wang is responsible for the development of an integrated, campus-wide manufacturing innovation strategy and the execution of that strategy. Working closely with a team of professionals in business incubation, economic development, intellectual property, technology transfer and various engineering and science disciplines, he is in the process of creating an innovation ecosystem for advanced manufacturing.
Awards, Grants & Patents
Grand Prize, Megawatt Ventures: $50,000 – 2017
1st Place, TIECON Southeast Young Entrepreneurs Pitch Competition – Apr 2017
2nd Place, Georgia Bowl Business Plan Competition – Feb 2017
3rd Place, Department of Energy’s Cleantech University Prize: $20,000 – 2017
Runner-up, Georgia Tech Venture Lab Pitch Competition – Feb 2017
Finalist, Georgia Tech Start-up Competition – Feb 2016
Semifinalist, University of Oregon New Venture Championship – Apr 2017
National Science Foundation, Innovation Corps: $50,000 – July 2016
Georgia Center of Innovation for Manufacturing, Student Startup Funds: $8,000 – May 2016
Georgia Research Alliance, Phase 1 Funding: $50,000 – Mar 2015
Oberste, C. et al. 2015. Interlaced Three-Dimensional Printed Composites and Method for Fabricating the Same. US Patent No. 9,809,926, Issue date: November 7th, 2017.
Oberste, C. et al. 2016. System and Methods for Continuous Fabrication of Woven Composite Materials. WO. Patent Pending